SIMON KATICH, KKR's assistant coach believes his side is doing reasonably well this season thanks to the starts provided by the opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa.
Gambhir has scored two fifties in three innings, whilst Uthappa's useful contributions against the Delhi Daredevils and Surisers Hyderabad have helped the men in Purple gain the much-required momentum.
As reported by Cricbuzz, Katich said,
"Gautam is 34 years of age and still has a good deal of cricket in front of him. He's hungry and keen and he's showing that out in the middle. I think he has a point to the Indian selectors which is good. Robin as well, he's 30, and as a batsman he has got his best days in front of him."
"To have those two, who have batted together a fair bit, helps. They're comfortable knowing that that is their role for their team and they're comfortable playing that role day in and day out. That probably takes a bit of pressure off knowing that they're settled there."
According to Katich, it is a big advantage in T20s to bat at the top of the order.
"There's no doubt that the openers have a big advantage in this form of the game. They get to bat when the field is up, they get to settle in in the first few overs and if they settle in and get some boundaries away then all of a sudden they can do some damage in the middle overs where it is harder to find the boundaries. Fortunately, for us our top order is in good form."
Apart from the top three who are in good form, KKR have a couple of big hitters in Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan, who can come and play the big shots without wasting too much time. If you add Shakib-AL-Hasan to the list, then the batting becomes even more formidable.
KKR play their next game against the Kings XI Punjab tonight at Mohali. The head-to-head count in IPL history so far is 11-6 in KKR's favour.