Gautum Gambhir has made one of the statements of the tournament by handing over his man of the match award to Indian youngster Debabrata Das. Gambhir had played what was undoubtedly a match-winning innings scoring 63 off of 52 balls. The Knight Riders were chasing down a reasonably small total needing just 140 to win, but small totals are often hard to chase. Gambhir guided his team towards the total before being dismissed on the first ball of the penultimate over by Dwayne Bravo. His dismissal turned what looked like a regulation victory into a far more complicated game.
Das faced four balls scoring 11 runs and hitting Bravo and Ashwin around with relative ease. Das is a young player, who has provided a great presence down the order for Kolkata. Gambhir’s decision to hand over the man of the match award was clearly a brilliant leadership move and a clear sign that things are clicking in this Knight Riders line-up, arguably for the first time since the Indian Premier League began.
The move also brings in a debate about the man of the match award. Inherently, it is impossible to attribute victory to one player. It was clearly an understandable decision to award Gambhir the man of the match award because his batting performance was very much the exceptional batting performance of a game, which didn’t see a lot of runs scored. However, Das’s performance really changed the momentum of the game at a time where Kolkata could have fallen. The Knight Riders were always relying on a punch at the end to get them across the line and they got it from their young batsman.
the captain has been inspirational for KKR performance