It's often said that teams are moulded in the persona of the captain who leads them. If that is indeed true, expect to see unbridled intensity from the Kolkata Knight Riders the remainder of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League. Gautam Gambhir, whose ire has turned even on his team-mates when they have slipped up, is well aware that his team have a slender cushion, but that this advantage could disappear in a trice if they aren't vigilant.
"The game against the Delhi Daredevils is an important one. After the Chennai match I got to know that we needed to win at least five of our remaining seven matches to qualify for the playoffs," said Gambhir ahead of Kolkata's evening practice session in Raipur on Tuesday (April 30). "We don't want to get into a situation where every game is must-win. So hopefully, we can start the journey (to the playoffs) tomorrow."
While Delhi had the advantage of having played one game at the venue, Gambhir, who always insists that he does not believe in things that give a team an intangible edge, said he was happy to be in KKR's position. "It's must-win for Delhi but not us. We don't want to get into the position they are in. We have a cushion of two matches and we want to win tomorrow and keep it that way. We have played good cricket only in patches. Hopefully we can do that consistently."