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Yusuf’s finishing touch showing what confidence can do: Gambhir

This was the same Yusuf who a few seasons back would urge me to drop him from the eleven as he felt he didn’t know where his next run would come from. He’d be really low, but was always determined to do well.

ipl Updated: May 16, 2016 14:25 IST
One  of the reasons for Gautam Gambhir’s smile is Yusuf Pathan, who has fired on important occasions.
One of the reasons for Gautam Gambhir’s smile is Yusuf Pathan, who has fired on important occasions. (PTI)

It was a contest we almost lost to rain. Well, I am not a big believer in weather forecasts as I have been ditched far too often. My teammates who do follow the weather on their mobile apps tell me that rain was never a part of God’s plan. But then he must have decided to give KKR some more grey beards!

For close to two hours we were left pondering if all the good work done by our bowlers would give us two points or not. For all of us, these were the most stressful two hours. I was at my grumpiest, not enjoying the banter of my teammates or the incredible food that is always served in the dressing rooms of the Eden Gardens. I was only worried about the two points.

Prayers apart, I can’t thank CAB president Sourav Ganguly and his staff enough for putting the show back once the rain stopped. There is no other venue in India that could have started the game almost immediately. It was heartening to see multiple hands and Super Soppers working in tandem. This was not the first time Dada’s team was pulling it off. They had achieved a similar feat when India and Pakistan clashed in the World T20. It rained relentlessly that day, in fact much more than it did on Saturday. But still that marquee clash was played as an 18-overs-a-side fixture. Incredible! So, in a real sense, in our game against Pune, the CAB groundsmen were the men-of-the-match.

I’d also like to thank the Eden crowd for their patience. It was incredible as a home captain to see them brave the rain and then wait to see KKR cross the line. It showed their unconditional love for us.

It was befitting that one of Kolkata’s adopted sons, Yusuf Pathan, was there to finish the game. He was in an incredible mood and showed no respect for Pune’s main bowlers.

It is amazing what confidence can do. This was the same Yusuf who a few seasons back would urge me to drop him from the eleven as he felt he didn’t know where his next run would come from. He’d be really low, but was always determined to do well.

I always knew that the Baroda Bomber is a special player. He has put in the hard yards to get to where he is and could be the lower-order batsman India are looking for. He has already remained unbeaten seven times this season, which shows he understands the importance of finishing games.

Another pearl in the KKR dressing room is Piyush Chawla. The leggie once again got us the big fishes, George Bailey and Thisara Perera. I hope he continues his wicket-taking form in today’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are manhandling the bowlers and puncturing their egos. I mean two guys scoring a hundred in a T20 game is unthinkable. It was a brilliant show and the organisers can contemplate doubling the ticket price when these two play.

For Monday’s game, let’s pray the rain stays away so that the Eden crowd can look forward to a good game.

(The writer is the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper)