Chennai, May 28: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, thrilled after winning their first IPL title defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a thrilling last over finish, said the mission was accomplished.
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Chasing a challenging 191 to win, Gambhir said the team had a strong bellief that they could do it and credited the win to Kolkata fans who supported the team throughout the tournament.
"It was a team effort, a captain is only as good as his team, this has been my stand throughout," Gambhir said.
"A successful team makes a captain, a successful captain doesn't make a team. I always said, if we play to potential, we can't be beaten. There were a lot of questions asked about the middle order not clicking. I always had a strong belief that it would click at the right time," he added after his team dethroned Super Kings to win their first IPL title on Sunday.
"There is only one word that comes to my mind. Mission accomplished. We had strong belief in our team. We knew when the big day will come the guys would deliver. I want to thank our fans back in Kolkata, who had stood by the team during tough situations. We have done it for them," Gambhir said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Heaping praise on Manvinder Bisla, Gambhir echoed his opinion yet again saying that he had a successful team, and that made him a successful captain.
"Bisla today showed that what character is all about. I have always maintained that a captain is as good as his team. It's a successful team that makes a successful captain. When I selected Bisla, I knew that we had quality in our dressing room."
Talking about the Tamil Nadu pacer Laxmipathy Balaji, Gambhir said the pacer was an integral part of the team as he had contributed a lot to the team's success which helped KKR to finally win the prestigious tournament.
Gambhir termed Balaji, who missed the summit clash due to an injury, as the unsung hero of the team and couldn't forget the lanky pacer's contribution in the fifth season of IPL.
"Bala has been the unsung hero of our team. One can't forget his contribution. When we left for the stadium, I told him that we wanted to do it for him."
Bisla who replaced New Zealand's explosive batsman in the final of IPL 5, scored a match-winning 89 off 48 balls, and said he was very lucky to have got a chance to play the final and help the team win the title.
"I am feeling very happy that I played my part. I replaced Brendon who is a class player. His record speaks for himself. Due to Balaji's injury, we had to leave him out, I am lucky that I got a chance. Till the last ball, it did not feel like we had made it. I don't think I have hit as well, good to play this in the finals to help win it for my team," said Bisla, who was adjudged the man of the match for his 48-ball 89 against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 5.
Though Bisla said that there wasn't any specific plan chasing a stiff target, they chased it pretty well as they were brimming with confidence.
"There was no plan, wanted to go out there to enjoy, after Gambhir got out, I felt a tad tensed but after getting one or two to the fence, I got the confidence. Kallis is a legend, batting along side him was a great opportunity, he asked me to keep it simple and get going."