"Robin has taken a lot of pressure off me since he started opening," Gambhir said after Kolkata beat Punjab by 9 wickets in Cuttack. (BCCI)
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir heaped praise on his opening partner Robin Uthappa for giving the team blazing starts which had helped in winning back-to-back matches.
"Robin has taken a lot of pressure off me since he started opening," Gambhir said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Gambhir made two changes and that worked wonderfully for the team. No wonder he praised Morne Morkel and Piyush Chawla for sharing five wickets between them in eight overs for 49 runs.
"On this kind of wicket, a lot of credit goes to Morne Morkel as well. Chawla bowled brilliantly, hopefully he can continue the same way."
Gambhir's opening partner Uthappa said his skipper likes chasing and the team also backs his decision.
"I am happy to contribute to the team's success. Gautam's instinct is to bat second, and all of us are on board with him. We knew they (Punjab) could be a little complacent, and we wanted to make use of any gaps they gave us."
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey admitted that they missed the services of an extra spinner on this track. "Yeah, it would have been handy," he said.