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IPL 7 Final: Not many people thought we would be here, says jubilant Gautam Gambhir after KKR’s win

Kolkata shrugged off a disappointing start to the season and won nine matches in a row to win the IPL final © IANS
Kolkata shrugged off a disappointing start to the season and won nine matches in a row to win the IPL final © IANS

Bangalore: Jun 2, 2014

An elated Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Sunday said that the triumph was even sweeter as not many people gave them a chance after the first seven matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.

“Where we were after first seven games, not many people thought we would be here,” Gambhir says. “Boys absorbed a lot of pressure, a lot of credit needs to go to the team,” the teamman in Gambhir came to the fore once again.

Gambhir said that they always fancied the chance to win as Chinnaswamy is a small ground to defend. “This is a ground where it is very difficult to defend. We wanted to get it down to 5 overs, 50 or 60 to get. Manish played a fantastic innings, Yusuf chipped in, and Chawla hit that important six. Wriddhiman also played an unbelievable nnings but Manish was fearless.”

Man-of-the-match Pandey said that winning IPl was like “icing on the cake” after winning Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

“We have got four achievements, Ranji Trophy, Irani, cherry on the cake was the IPL,” Pandey said. The man who hit 94 off 50 balls said that he was confident of performing in a crunch game. “I’m very optimistic, and I love to play the crunch game. We got 10 in the first over, and that was the time I thought, if we kept doing that, we’ll get 200.”

“Orange Cap’ winner Robin Uthappa described the feeling as “surreal”. “I’m at a loss for words. I’m happy I’ve contributed in a meaningful manner. If I have to pick one innings, the one against Mumbai Indians, because I played with a broken toe, and I broke through a physical barrier.”

The affable KXIP skipper George Bailey was all praise for the team that played so well. “We’ve got a special bunch of guys, we’ve had a wonderful tournament, and our guys can hold their heads high.” Asked to talk about his memories of the season, he says, “I enjoyed this one, I got to play a few games.”

Akshar Patel, who won the ‘Emerging Player Award’ said,” I’m very proud that I’ve beaten so many domestic and international players to No 1,” Akshar says. “Our bowling coach Joe [Dawes] makes a lot of plans for different batsmen, and I’ve worked on those. I think I’m a batting allrounder, but after this performance, maybe bowling allrounder.”

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