Gambhir asks KKR fans support against Ganguly's XI

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Published: Sunday, April 29, 2012, 14:47 [IST]
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Will KKR fans support Pune's Ganguly?

Kolkata, Apr 29: Confident after leading his side to a comprehensive victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir is now eyeing a win over Pune Warriors, the team led by Kolkata fans favourite, Sourav Ganguly.

Gambhir's impressive 51-ball 93 knock helped his side win by 47-run against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Gambhir hopes Kolkata fans will support his side in their match against Pune on May 5 despite Ganguly leading the opponents.

"The way we have played, I think Kolkata will get a lot of support from the people. It's Kolkata's team... No other team belongs to Kolkata," Gambhir, who smashed a 51-ball 93 for his second Man-of-the-Match this season, said after their win last night.

"For me, it's KKR vs Pune Warriors. Whether the crowd supports us or not, KKR is a team of Kolkata. We play to bring smiles on the people of Kolkata. It's not about playing against individuals."

Gambhir backed all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who is yet to hit big with the bat but Yusuf Pathan's impressive figures of 1/19 in four overs proved crucial in their win.

"He (Yusuf) is one of the biggest match winners India has ever seen. I've lot of confidence in him that he is going to] win two-three games for us. It's just a matter of time that he would do something magical for us."

Gambhir, who was adjudged man of the match, said he had no regrets on missing out on a century by just seven runs.

"I was hitting the ball well so it was important for me to stay till the end. But I don't want to take credit away from (Brendon) McCullum and the way Jacques (Kallis) and played in."

"A lot of credit goes to both of them as well. Fortunately every thing was just going on my way," Gambhir said after being dropped thrice.

"I don't think about centuries. There is no one in the dressing room who thinks about individual records. We play as a unit. Century or no centuries, it's about winning games. For me, it was all about winning."

Kolkata climbed to second place withh 11 points in nine games. Gambhir said their focus is now on the next tie against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

I don't look into future. We need to focus one game at a time. I don't think too much. Every game is important. Our focus is on our next game (against Chennai Super Kings)."

Gambhir also called for putting an end to the criticism on the Eden Gardens pitch.

"Let's put a full stop on (talks about) the Eden wicket. A team batting first putting 190 and team batting second notching 140-odd runs should not throw the wicket on a poor light."

"Let's start giving credit to the teams as well. We also play on difficult wickets when we go away. From KKR, I don't think we have ever criticised (the wickets on away matches)."


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