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Want Kolkata to come out & cheer for us

india Updated: Apr 17, 2011 01:03 IST
Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir
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Gautam Gambhir

There are some days when everything goes according to plan and Friday was one of them - we played and won against Rajasthan Royals.

It was extremely satisfying to have a game plan and then execute it well on the ground. Our bowling, fielding and the partnership between Jacques Kallis and myself were all according to script and helped us register our second successive win.

Playing and beating Rajasthan in Jaipur was especially pleasing because we now play them once again at home. However, I don't think psychological advantage is gained by a win in the preceding game, when it comes to Twenty20 cricket.

The immediacy of the format and the fact that the game can swing so dramatically because of a single knock or bowling spell can dispel any thought of a psychological edge. We will have to start from scratch and ensure we do everything with the same commitment as the last game. There is this danger of sitting back a bit, and that's something we need to guard against.

I am particularly pleased with the way the young players have responded to their assigned roles. I would not like to single anybody out simply because each one of them has been committed.

Good bench strength
We also have a very good bench strength, which encourages healthy competition, and the youngsters who have not got a game as yet need to know that they will get one, and for that they have to be match-ready.

Even though the Rajasthan Royals are former champions and feature some big names, we are not considering it a special game in any way. It is just one more game that we need to dominate and win.

I would love to see Kolkata coming out to cheer us on Sunday. I read reports that the stadium was half-empty in the last game, but in my eyes it was half-full. I have experienced the Eden Gardens roar when it is packed to the rafters and that's what we are working towards. It's a really great feeling to have a crowd that is so passionate about their cricket, backing us. A large part of the home advantage KKR enjoy is derived from that roar and I am sure it will be there on Sunday.


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