Most important thing is to finish off well: Gauti

Calcutta: Gautam Gambhir is happy to have started their title defence on a winning note. At a press conference on Wednesday, he hailed the efforts put in by the players, especially the bowlers.

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A perfect start to the tournament...

Absolutely... After two years, we got points on the board straightaway. We have not done that since the time I had taken over as KKR captain. Last year, we won our first match after losing two matches at the start. It is always good to start off with a win. You don't want to start a tournament on a losing note and then going to some place in desperate situation...

On his moves clicking today

See, a captain's moves won't click if he doesn't have quality players in the side. It is the players who execute the plans... I have always maintained that there are quality players in the KKR side and they can pull off a win from any given situation. I credit the entire team for the win, especially the bowling department. It was a fantastic effort from the bowlers to restrict the opposition to 128. Sunil was outstanding. But so was Lakshmipathy Balaji... So was Brett Lee... The way Brett started was amazing. There couldn't hav been a better start as the first-ball dismissal of Unmukt Chand provided us the momentum. Rajat Bhatia's four overs were also crucial.

Whether a batsman has to change his technique when he is playing in T20 format...

See, the basics remain the same. It's just that you need to back yourself... You need to be innovative. You don't change anything...You don't change your stance... You just have to be proactive and aggressive. For me, it's always about scoring runs whether you are playing in this format or in any other format... I don't want to be in that mode where I would look to survive rather than score runs... You need to use your feet and go towards the ball…

Sunil Narine's bowling the last over

The most important thing is to finish off well... I have always believed that it's not about the start that matters... It's how you finish. When you know that your opponent haven't really finished off their innings well, it gives the momentum in our favour when you go out to chase... Today, the same thing happened. We always wanted Sunil to bowl the last over, we had done this in the last edition as well…

The decision to bowl first

It's a new wicket and we didn't know how it would behave… There was a bit of grass too. So we wanted to see how the wicket behaved. 140-150 would have been a good target. Once we know the target and how the wicket would behave, things become easier.

The home advantage

It doesn't mean anything to me. For me it's about playing good cricket… We don't discuss things like wickets during team meetings. The home crowd does make a difference, though. I've always been a great admirer of the Eden crowd and the way they support the team. It is always a great advantage. I have played for Delhi for the first three years… I don't think Delhi crowd is as loyal to their team as Calcutta crowd is to KKR.


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