By CricketCountry Staff
Kolkata: Jun 04, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir famously mentioned – ‘Mission accomplished’ after his team lifted the coveted T20 Trophy.
He shared the efforts put in by the team management to accomplish the ‘mission’. He was quoted by CNBC as saying,” I have always said in all my interviews that KKR is not about individuals. Since the time I have taken over my only job was to tell people that let’s not talk about KKR as a team which is very popular off the cricket field. It has to be a team which people talk about what they do on the cricket field. KKR should not be about individuals.”
Gambhir asserted that as a captain his major focus was to ensure in KKR no individual is bigger than the team.
The southpaw made headlines not only for his team’s inspirational win in the recently-concluded IPL 5 but also for his encouraging words about the team off the field.
Gambhir feels in India, small but worthy contributions by individuals go unnoticed and rarely get credit they deserve. He feels such small contributions played a big role in KKR’s successful IPL campaign.
He said, “For me it’s all about honouring or giving credit to the small contribution because I am a very strong believer in one thing that in a country like India we don’t give enough credit to small contributions. I am a very strong believer that it’s those small contributions which will win you games.”
He added,”Big contributions can only make headlines and that is what happens in India. People only give credit to big contributions like someone getting a 100 or someone getting 5 wickets.
“For an example in the final of the IPL, no one would have spoken about Jacques Kallis inning or Manvinder Bisla’s inning if someone like Manoj Tiwary wouldn’t have scored those 2 boundaries in the last over or may be Shakib Al Hasan wouldn’t have scored that boundary in the second last over. For me those small contributions make bigger impact than the bigger contributions.”