Winning is a beautiful thing, and no one can testify this than the Kolkata Knight Riders. The comparison is between Kolkata and Bengal, but that is coincidence as KKR are on the cusp of bettering what Bengal did once — winning 12 matches in a row, which is an Indian record.
Since the second half of IPL 7, KKR haven’t put a wrong foot yet. Captain Gautam Gambhir is no longer stuck with zeroes and an alert point and gully no longer disturb Robin Uthappa.
One asks how? “It is belief and confidence. The manner in which we are winning the games, like Surya Kumar Yadav did the other day, inspires confidence in the dugout. Since one has done it, one believes one can do it again. If one fails, the others stand up for the challenge,” said Vijay Dahiya, assistant coach.
A re-jigged top order, heavyweight middle and lower-middle order — Yusuf Pathan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Andre Russel, and economical spinners bowling three different styles, Dahiya feels the responsibility of winning matches rests on everyone. “Honestly, numbers are not discussed. 10th or 11th in a row; we have simplified it, the more you win, the numbers will add up,” said Dahiya.
Indian teams don’t have a great history of managing long winning streaks; the current scenario is a refreshing study of a team obsessed with winning.