Chennai, May 27: Gautam Gambhir's brilliant form and aggressive captaincy has helped Kolkata Knight Riders reach their maiden IPL final and the captain warned his opponents on the eve of the IPL 5 final that he and his team won't be there "to just compete but to get results."
"When you go on to the field, you do not go there to make friends but you are there to get results in your team's favour. You have to be aggressive on the field. That is how we have won matches and now we are in the final and not to just compete," Gambhir said during the pre-match conference on Saturday.
Speaking about his aggressive approach, the Delhi skipper said that it works for him.
"If I have to be aggressive on the field, I have to grab that energy. The other thing is that the 11 people make a successful captain. So, I have undermined my role as a captain. I always believe individuals should contribute to the team's cause. They are bound perform and they are picked to contribute."
Playing in their opponents home ground may be massive task, but Gambhir believes his troops are confident and up for the challenge.
"No doubt that they are playing in their own backyard. They are two-time winners and they know how to play in the final. I always believed that in a big game like, it's a 50-50 case at the start. We have to be on our toes. We need to give more than hundred percent tomorrow.
"I think we play very good cricket and there is lot of quality attached to our game. Not only this year but people were talking about our team last year too and just one bad game and we finished fourth. Hopefully, we can play some good cricket and see where the result goes."
Gambhir praised KKR fans for the support they hace received and it's time to pay back with a win in the final.
"You do not walk on to the field to play as an individual and we play for the Kolkata people, who have been fantastic support to our team. They have supported us even when things were not going in our way," Gambhir said.
"When we onto the pitch tomorrow, we will give our hundred per cent and KKR is not one or two individuals but it is about millions back home who have been supporting us. They supported us in all our bad times. They have always been praying for us. When we walked tomorrow, there will be no shortage of our effort and hopefully we can try and win the title and give them the joy. Kolkata after all is always known as a city of Joy," he concluded.