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Gautam Gambhir credits success to middle-order resurgence

News 28 May 2014, 12:05 IST
Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said that his team’s middle-order has been their real strength. KKR, who lost their first few matches in this year’s IPL, bounced back under Gambhir’s leadership to finish second in the league phase. Gambhir has credited the middle order for this success.

Gambhir said, ”I always believe that our game changers have been the middle-order, especially someone like Shakib, Yusuf and to a certain extent Ryan ten Doeschate and even Surya. The way he played, the very important match-winning six, which he hit (to take the team to victory in the last league game to seal second place on the points table) was crucial.Even in the first seven games, if you see them, most of the games that we lost we should have actually won.”

He further added, “The most positive thing that happened in the first seven games was that we were never outplayed by any of the opponents. So, I think it was just a matter of time that we would start winning. I feel that winning is a habit, just like how losing is a habit. Whenever I walk on to the field, I want the team to win because coming back into a winning dressing room is a better feeling than getting back into a losing dressing room. So, for me, it is all about winning.”

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