Kolkata, May 27: As far captaincy is concerned in IPL 5, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday rated Gautam Gambhir ahead of MS Dhoni and tipped Kolkata Knight Riders to win the IPL 5 final.
Ganguly described Gambhir as the best captain this season, though he was removed from vice-captaincy, Ganguly named the Delhi opener as the skipper to lead his best XI also featuring Dhoni.
"Gautam Gambhir is the best captain of the IPL. I really liked the way he supported his players. He persisted with Yusuf Pathan as he delivered his best performance (for KKR) in two years," Ganguly said about the allrounder's performance against Delhi Daredevils in the first qualifier.
The Dhoni-led Chennai outfit will play their third consecutive final and may look favourites on paper but Ganguly termed it as an even contest and hoped Kolkata can clinch their first ever title in five years.
"I want to wish both the teams. But I want to see a new champion. I think KKR would win this time," Ganguly said.
"Gambhir would be equally confident on the field. They (KKR) are a pretty balanced side and have been consistent this season. They have the players to win matches," he added.
Ganuguly however felt that Gambhir would not have to prove anything to the selectors.
"I dont thik he would play with a mindset that he would have to prove something. The way they have performed this season is enough to inspire themselves for the big day tomorrow," Ganguly said.
Speaking about Chennai players, Ganguly said the core of the team could be "role models" for any side.
"They have stuck to their side for five years with players like Dhoni, Vijay, Badrinath being the core of the side all these time. They can be a role model for any T20 side.I've always said Dhoni is unparallel in the short versions, though there would always be a question mark on him when it comes to Test cricket," Ganguly said.
The Bengal icon pointed out to main factors which could change the course of the game, first is the toss and then it would be tackling mystery spinner Sunil Narine.
"Toss would be vital. I'm sure (Gautam) Gambhir would hope to win the toss and set a target. The whole game would change if Gambhir wins the toss. But at the same time, Chennai's 50 per cent job would be done if they manage to tackle Narine," said Ganguly.