NEW DELHI: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Manoj Tiwary feels that Gautam Gambhir’s willingness to give each and every member of team a “lot of space” makes him stand out of the pack.
“Gautam is an innovative captain. He comes up with lot of ideas and makes it a point to discuss it with the players. He tries to understand each and every player’s game and gives them a lot of space,” Manoj said on Wednesday.
When asked that how he had benefitted from his interactions with Gambhir, the Bengal captain said, “Everyone knows how good a player of spin bowling Gambhir is. He gave some useful advice about how my footwork should be against the spinners.”
About team’s principal owner Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj said that the locket he presented to each and every player after coming back from Ajmer Sharif will be a “treasured possession” for him.
“He presented us with a locket after coming back from Ajmer Sharif. It was a gesture that touched our hearts. For me, it will be a treasured possession as it is gifted by someone of his stature.”
He is trying to make a comeback to the Indian team, but Manoj doesn’t want to pressurise himself by thinking about it.
“My first focus is to win matches for KKR. I don’t want to think too far ahead. My job is to perform and that’s precisely what I am trying to do. I felt bad that twice (against CSK and Kochi Tuskers Kerala) I couldn’t finish off matches. But I have learnt from my mistakes and would like to rectify that in coming matches.”
About the CSK game, Manoj said, “My mistake was that I didn’t have a look at the number of deliveries left and went for an extra big hit. Against Kochi, I tried to reach to the pitch of the ball a bit early. It does hurt when you fail to finish off games.”