Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) 82-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match 27 will be etched in history, as the former bundled Virat Kohli’s army within a record-breaking 49 runs after registering a low total of 131 to snatch victory at home ground Eden Gardens. Talking about the victory, Gautam Gambhir specially mentioned how Umesh Yadav bowled to Chris Gayle and stated that the way the Indian pacer compelled Gayle to duck the balls was the highlight of the clash. KKR currently sit at the No. 2 position in the IPL 2017 points table with five victories in seven matches. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017 Match 27
Gambhir wrote about the frustration after being bundled out for 131 in his column for Hindustan Times. “For the first time in my seven years with KKR, I was fuming. The loss against Gujarat Lions was still haunting. On the back of that, we collapsed from 65 for 1 to 131 all out against RCB. It was unacceptable. Normally I eat something during the break with my favourite being the “paturi” fish (baked fish with mustard wrapped in a banana leaf). Instead, I went and stood underneath the shower for about 3 to 4 minutes thinking it will cool me down. It did not. I was trying to arrest my emotions but was failing miserably,” Gambhir wrote.
“As the innings break was nearing the end, I got the entire team together. There may be 60-odd thousand roaring outside our dressing room but inside it was so silent that you could hear people think! I started speaking and let go of all I had. I wanted intensity from my teammates. I wanted them to fight. I wanted them to win. I told them whoever dropped on intent should understand that this could be his last game for KKR, at least in my captaincy,” he further wrote.
Gambhir also wrote about the reaction of his teammates after listening to their skipper’s words. “When I write this almost 24 hours later I remember some of them looking at me, shocked and surprised. For most part of my stint as KKR leader I have always been one of the boys, easy-going, relaxed and a bit of a prankster. I have never imposed myself but the batting collapse hurt me. I thought that we were not taking enough pride. I don’t know whether TV cameras or microphones caught it but we were chirping all the time when RCB were batting.”
“I am happy to lose spots on the IPL Fairplay award list but I cannot see my team slipping on the points table,” his column further read.
Gambhir also wrote how the team responded to his intent to win the match at hand. “The team responded brilliantly. The tone was set by Nathan Coulter-Nile. During my stint with Justin Langer at Perth, I had seen Coulter-Nile train with the Western Australia state team. He is mean looking guy, strong as an ox. We didn’t speak a word as I passed on the ball to him. He knew his job. The Aussie bowled like the wind and I supported him with attacking fields. My being under the helmet was more of a statement than a catching position. And then there was another sight which would have pleased every supporter of Indian cricket. An Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav having ‘Boss of Universe’ Chris Gayle ducking and weaving was the highlight of the game,” Gambhir wrote.