IPL 2012: Gambhir confident of  Kolkata's solid performance in final

Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will play the IPL 2012 finals at MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday AFP

Chennai: May 26, 2012

Gautam Gambhir’s dazzling form and the aggressive streak in his captaincy has helped KKR make it to their maiden IPL final and the skipper warned his opposition on the eve of the final that he and his wards won’t be there “to just compete but to get results.”

“When you go on to the field, you do not go there to make friends but you are there to get results in your team’s favour. You have to be aggressive on the field. That is how we have won matches and now we are in the final and not to just compete,” the aggressive Delhi lad told the mediapersons during the pre-match conference, here today.

Asked about his aggressive nature, the southpaw says that it works for him.

“If I have to be aggressive on the field, I have to grab that energy. The other thing is that the 11 people make a successful captain. So, I have undermined my role as a captain. I always believe individuals should contribute to the team’s cause. They are bound perform and they are picked to contribute.”

Beating Chennai Super Kings in their own backyard is an onerous task and Gambhir believes that his boys are up for the challenge.

“No doubt that they are playing in their own backyard.

They are two-time winners and they know how to play in the final. I always believed that in a big game like, it’s a 50-50 case at the start. We have to be on our toes. We need to give more than hundred per cent tomorrow.

“I think we play very good cricket and there is lot of quality attached to our game. Not only this year but people were talking about our team last year too and just one bad game and we finished fourth. Hopefully, we can play some good cricket and see where the result goes.”

For Gambhir, the support they have received from general Kolkata public has been fantastic and it’s time that KKR win it for their fans.

“You do not walk on to the field to play as an individual and we play for the Kolkata people, who have been fantastic support to our team. They have supported us even when things were not going in our way,” Gambhir said.

“When we onto the pitch tomorrow, we will give our hundred per cent and KKR is not one or two individuals but it is about millions back home who have been supporting us. They supported us in all our bad times. They have always been praying for us. When we walked tomorrow, there will be no shortage of our effort and hopefully we can try and win the title and give them the joy. Kolkata after all is always known as a city of Joy,” he concluded. (PTI)