Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir, conceding that the Chennai Super Kings will enjoy the home advantage in the Indian Premier League final here today, backed himself and his team to win their maiden trophy.
Gambhir, playing in his first IPL final like his team, asserted that the least they could do was to win it for the fans.
“You do not walk on to the field to play as an individual and we play for Kolkata’s people who have been a fantastic support to our team. When we walk tomorrow (Sunday) we will give our hundred percent.”
“KKR is not one or two individuals but it is about the millions of people who have been supporting us back home. They supported us in all our bad times. They have always been praying for us. Hopefully, we can try and win the title and give them the joy and Kolkata is always known as a City of Joy,” said Gambhir.
The Knight Riders captain admitted that the task before his team was tough. “No doubt that they (Super Kings) are playing in their backyard. They have been two times winners and they know how to play the final match.”
On his style of captaincy, Gambhir, typically, shot from the hip saying he liked to be aggressive and complete the job.
“When you go on to the field, you do not go there to make friends, but you are there to get the results in your team’s favour. You have to be aggressive on the field and that is how we have won matches. Now we are in the final and not to just compete.
Queried about Knight Riders’ chances, Gambhir asserted that every team goes into the game with an even chance to win and the same applied to his side. MS Dhoni, having led the Super Kings to the fourth final in five seasons, believed that it was a matter of playing to one’s potential and a lot depended on how a team reacts to pressure.
“Result is something you get depending on what you do in those three to three and a half hours of play and how individuals adopt to the conditions. It will be a high pressure scenario. Tomorrow (Sunday) being the final match, there will be added pressure on each and every individual in the teams. How individuals react to the situations will be the key to success,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Super Kings opening batsman Murali Vijay preferred to take a simplistic perspective and said they were all set for the big game. “Every team can beat the other on a given day. So, we need to be wary and cannot take things lightly. The only thing I can tell you is that we are geared up for the match,” Vijay said.