Gambhir gives each and every player lot of space: Tiwary

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 21:13 PM IST

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.

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."

PTI