IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Gautam Gambhir posted an emotional message on Twitter on Saturday afternoon after his team was knocked out of the tournament by Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday night. In his tweet, Gambhir thanked his team for the support and added that this journey wouldn’t have been complete without them. He went on to say that the team gave its best but maybe that wasn’t enough. “Tks for being a wonderful support 4 @KKRiders,but 4 u all this journey won’t have been fun. Tried our best may b our best wasn’t good enuff,” the KKR captain wrote on Twitter.
Tks for being a wonderful support 4 @KKRiders,but 4 u all this journey won’t have been fun. Tried our best may b our best wasn’t good enuff.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 20, 2017
Forced to bat first in the second qualifier against the Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy stadium, KKR were bundled out for just 107 runs thanks to a majestic spell by leg-spinner Karn Sharma who picked up 4 wickets. Despite a poor outing in this game, Gambhir finished as the second leading run-score of the tournament with 498 runs to his name from 16 matches.
Watch Karn Sharma’s spell here:
After the match, Karn Sharam looked confident of Mumbai’s chances of lifting the trophy. “We are fully prepared and we will win the finals. That is for sure. The losses were in the past,” he told reporters in the post-match press conference. When asked about his selection over an experienced Harbhajan Singh, Sharma said, “That is not in my hands. The team needs me at that time and I just want to bowl well and win the match for them. That’s more important. I am working hard even when I am not playing. The main motivation when I get a game is to perform for the team and help the team win.”
Asked what was his strategy to get KKR’s left-handers Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir, Sharma said the team had different plans for different batsmen. For Narine, they were asked to bowl stump to stump line as he swings his bat at every possible opportunity. “We have different plans for different batsmen. For Narine, we wanted to bowl at the stumps because he has a very good bat swing. We had different plans for different batsmen and that’s what I executed,” he said.