New Delhi, May 10: Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara has predicted that Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders will win the title this year as they have been quite consistent compared to the other teams in IPL 5.
"On form, I would say Kolkata (Knight Riders)," Sangakkara was quoted as saying by the IPL's official website.
Apart from Kolkata, Sangakkara said Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings had a balanced side, but Chennai's poor run may cost them.
The former Sri Lanka captain was all praise for Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir.
"Kolkata (Knight Riders) have been playing exceptionally well. I think you have to give credit to the way Gautam (Gambhir) has managed to get those guys to gel together. They have some top quality in that side."
Sangakkara admitted that local talent is key to a team's success. "I think the most important thing when you look at all these sides(Delhi and Kolkata) is the quality of the local Indian players. Delhi has got Viru [Virender Sehwag], Ajit Agarkar, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan. So does Kolkata when you look at Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary, (Laxmi Ratan) Shukla."
Deccan Chargers lost several important players to various other franchises which led to their downfall this season, Chargers skipper Sangakkara felt they had a strong team and have a good bowling coach to help young Indian pacers.
"We have lost (Pragyan) Ojha. We have lost Harmeet (Singh Bansal). We have lost KP, and KP is a big cricketer. So is Harmeet. He has done a wonderful job for Deccan and he is very useful on selected tracks," he said.
"One of the other things that we can do is look for a good bowling coach, who can help the youngsters especially a guy like Veer (Pratap Singh)."