It was like playing an away game at Eden: Gambhir

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Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 14:01 [IST]
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It was like an away game, says Gambhir

Kolkata, May 6: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said that playing at the Eden Gardens against Sourav Ganguly's Pune Warriors was like playing an away match.

With the packed spectators supporting Kolkata's favourite sport icon Ganguly, Gambhir praised the former India captain for his contribution towards cricket.

"He is a legend of the game. The contribution he has made to the sport both internationally and domestically is immense and it is natural for him to command the respect he gets. It was like playing an away game for us," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.

Gambhir also said the crowd was behind their home side as well. "It was a 50:50 crowd and I thank them for being with us."

"He (Sourav) is a legend and I am still far away from the contribution he has made to the game. Only 10 percent of the crowd may have cheered for me," the former Delhi Daredevils player said when asked to compare the match with his game against the Daredevils in Delhi.

Gambhir also said his batmen slipped in the middle after getting a good start. "We messed up big time. The kind of start we had with the depth in batting we could have easily got past 180. It's time the batsmen pulled up their socks. Every time there would not be a good start for them," said the skipper.

Gambhir praised West Indies spinner Sunil Narine for his man of the match spell and hoped he would continue his good show i nthe tournament.

"His spell was crucial and helped us in winning the game. I hope his continues to play the way he is in the games to come.

"I am someone who hates to be complacent. We cannot sit back on our laurels. Each game is important for us and we hope to continue carrying forward the momentum," said Gambhir.


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