Gayle still not fit to play for Knight Riders

April 25th, 2008 - 9:46 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly said that West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle would not be available for selection for another week, thus ruling him out of Saturday’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 game against Chennai Super Kings here. Ganguly said Gayle was still to recover fully from a groin strain that he suffered during the recent series against Sri Lanka, Ganguly said at a media conference here Friday.

Asked about captaining a side again, Ganguly was firm that leading the Knight Riders and India were vastly different, and the two responsibilities cannot be equated.

“It has been a pleasure leading players like Ricky Ponting and David Hussey. We are hoping that Ponting would get runs tomorrow. He has been fielding extremely well and his inputs have been very valuable,” Ganguly said.

In a lighter vein, he said captaining in a T20 game was totally different than in Tests. “Here (T20), the game is over in three hours, and you don’t have to think for seven days like in a Test match!”

He rejected the theory that Knight Riders, currently leading the points tally with two victories, the same as Super Kings, is the best side in the IPL, saying there was still a long way to go.

“You cannot pick any team as the best in the league. Look at Deccan Chargers. They have some really big names, but have lost all their three matches. In Twenty20, it all depends on how you play on a particular day. We have won both our matches, but tomorrow is a new day,” Ganguly said.

He asserted that his team was only too well aware of the batting might of the Super Kings, but was confident of containing the home batsmen.

“We have a well-balanced bowling attack with Ishant Sharma, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik, in our ranks. All of them can adapt to different situations. We also have other quality players, just like Super Kings,” he said.

Referring to the presence of Muttiah Muralitharan in the Super Kings line-up, Ganguly felt that the Sri Lankan off-spinner would be under pressure in the T20 format as the batsmen would be looking to score off every delivery.

“Basically, T20 is a hit-or-miss game unlike the ODI or Test where you need to have a solid game to do well. The boundaries in T20 are also short, but then this format is meant to provide entertainment to the public who love to watch a four or a six being hit,” he said.

Ganguly said the toss would not be a factor as it is 4 pm start.

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