Kolkata, Apr 1: Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' morale was high after the now-fit skipper Gautam Gambhir arrived here and took part in the 'nets' on Sunday (March 31), two days before the IPL-VI opener against Delhi Daredevils.
"The team's morale is high. Captain Gautam Gambhir has arrived and took part in the nets," all-rounder Rajat Bhatia said after a strenuous workout at the Eden Gardens.
Gambhir, who has recovered from jaundice, and West Indies' mystery spinner Sunil Narine joined the squad during the day.
"Gautam is in good nick and is working hard to get his fitness back. We want the title again under him. To become champions it's difficult, to stay on top it is more difficult," Bhatia said.
"You have to be self motivated. give your best shot. Having won it has improved our concentration. We know how to tackle it now," he said.
Asked whether this IPL is special for Gambhir, who has been discarded from the current Indian team, the all rounder said, "Those who are not in the Indian squad will try hard to do well at the IPL so that they can make a comeback. It is the same for Gautam as well... he is also working very hard."
Bhatia, playing for KKR for the last two seasons, said it was difficult to emerge as champions in the league. "But to retain it is more difficult."