Gayle one of the most emotionless, destructive players in cricket today: Harbhajan

No total is challenging enough when Chris Gayle is in the mood, writes Harbhajan Singh in his column in The Times Of India. “His range, shot selection and calmness is exemplary. According to me, he is one of the most emotionless, destructive players in the game right now. Virender Sehwag is also in the same category,” says Bhajji, adding that after playing a few games at home MI will be taking on Kolkata at the Eden Gardens.

“They are one of the strongest sides and are on a winning streak. We will try our best to stop their good run. Eden is one of my most favourite grounds; it has also been very lucky for me. I hope my luck comes good when we play Kolkata,” writes Harbhajan.

Meanwhile a report in The Indian Express says that it has been a contrasting journey for both Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders as the Kolkata team find themselves comfortably placed at number two with eight wins from 12 outings and virtually assured of a place in the play-offs.

“They have lost just once in their last 10 appearances as consistency has been the middle-name of the Knight Riders, a team mired in controversies in its forgettable first three seasons. On the other hand, the Champions League Twenty20 winners and pre-tournament favourites Mumbai Indians are yet to find consistency and have been slightly lucky with seven wins out of 12,” says the report.

Mumbai Indians batting has looked ordinary with some domination in patches while their bowling -- superbly led by Sri Lankan sling bowler Lasith Malinga -- has been quite potent. The Knight Riders too have been outstanding with their slow bowlers but it's Gambhir's aggressive captaincy and the way he has led from the front that has brought results.

Meanwhile Hindustan Times writes about Gautam Gambhir that he is one man who doesn’t want the spotlight on him or on any individual. “I have always felt it’s not about the captain,” Gambhir had said before the pivotal clash against the Pune Warriors last Saturday. “The captain is always as good as his team,” he stressed.

He sure has one solid unit. Though Sunil Narine has been one of the main reasons KKR have been miserly in conceding runs, Gambhir refuses to let one man take the accolades. “He (Narine) can only bowl four overs in a T20 game but the other 16 overs matter. Brett Lee, Rajat (Bhatia) are the unsung heroes,” said Gambhir after the win over Delhi on Monday.