How frustrating can it be when you are struggling to get off the mark at a time when you are trying desperately to put runs on the board in an attempt to regain the India cap for want of scores?
Gautam Gambhir is finding it out the hard way. Three outings this IPL and the Kolkata Knight Riders captain is yet to score a single run. Besides the hat-trick of zeroes, the Delhi left-hander has the dubious record for most number of ducks in IPL (10).
Following 8-ball and 4-ball zeroes in the first two matches against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, respectively, it was a first-ball duck when he was trapped leg before by Mitchell Starc.
Nothing has been going well for Gambhir personally, especially when the Indian cricket team has important tours coming up. These repeated failures only make his chances of a comeback that much more difficult, shattering his confidence too.
Despite Gambir’s failure, Kolkata Knight Riders recovered well from 10/2 in the second over to post a competitive 150/7, courtesy Jacques Kallis (43, 42b, 2x4, 1x6) and Australia’s Chris Lynn (45, 31b, 3x4, 4x6). And that was enough, as the Knights earned a narrow two-run victory in the last over as Bangalore made a mess of a fairly simple chase, ending up with 148/5. R Vinay Kumar successfully defended nine that RCB needed off the last over. An unbelievable catch at deep mid-wicket by Lynn to dismiss AB de Villiers was the turning point in the dramatic last over.
Kallis began the season with 72 in the inaugural match against Mumbai Indians before falling for a duck the next game. However, he was back among the runs against RCB and with top-scorer Lynn, shared 80 for the third wicket in 10.1 overs.
RCB speedsters Starc, Albie Morkel and Purple Cap winner Varun Aaron picked up six of the seven KKR wickets to fall.
Having done a decent job of reaching 150, KKR needed extra special job from their bowlers. It came in the form of a special final over from Kumar, a former RCB player.