Knight Riders can win IPL-5: Gambhir

Gambhir said, "I have always believed in one thing, that a captain is as good as his team."



Mumbai (The Telegraph): His astute captaincy stood out in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ 32-run win against the Mumbai Indians, at the Wankhede, on Wednesday. But Gautam Gambhir chose to credit his bowlers as he said “a captain is as good as his team”.

The following are excerpts

The importance of the win versus the Mumbai Indians

This was an important match for us in the sense that had we not won this match, we would have put a lot of pressure on ourselves to deliver in the final league match.

Whether he expected to win after scoring 140

Of course, I did… We did not score too many runs but I knew we could defend it. Before coming to bowl we were determined to contain them. To be honest, after losing two wickets so cheaply, I thought we did a decent job to reach 140…

On Sunil Narine, who is now the owner of the Purple Cap

Narine was definitely in great form as he captured four wickets, but our all the others bowlers also did a great job.

On what makes Narine a difficult bowler to face

(Smiles) This is a question one should ask the opposition batsmen .. This season, he has certainly given the batsmen a lot of problem. I can’t answer this question as I fortunately play for the same team.

On effecting some brilliant bowling changes on Wednesday

I have always believed in one thing, that a captain is as good as his team. If you do not have bowlers who have the capability to contain, to take wickets, no more how much planning you do, it is not going to work.

Whether he has any plan to drop Yusuf Pathan from the team

Definitely not... He is a vital member of our squad and we are confident that he would come good very soon.

If Manoj Tiwary should have scored faster in the middle overs

Manoj gave solidity to the batting... He came after we lost two quick wickets, so he had to stay there to steady the innings. I think under the circumstances, he did a fine job.

Whether he is bit worried about the middle-order batting

Not really... I think our batsmen are doing a good job. If you look at the our dressing room, you will find some top quality players there. We are a team capable of winning the title.

On virtually securing a berth in the playoffs

It is always good to be in the top two in the points table, but we are not complacent. We have to keep up the pressure to win the tournament. Last year, we played one bad game and that threw us out of the tournament. This time we should not allow that to happen.

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