The Telegraph
Thursday , May 22 , 2014
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Gauti remains cautious

Calcutta: Five wins on the trot can make a team very confident. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir doesn’t want that to change to complacent.

Gambhir feels his team shouldn’t get carried away with its winning streak. Speaking at The Telegraph’s ‘Join the Knights’ programme — an interaction with the readers — Gambhir emphasised on maintaining the intensity in their remaining two league games, versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

“We have started off really well at the Eden… It was just the start we were looking for. But it’s important we don’t get carried away with the way we are playing at the moment. This is one area where we need to be careful,” the southpaw said.

“Of course, it’s great to win five matches on the trot, but at the same time, we still have two very important matches to play. It’s imperative we maintain the same intensity in these two matches as well, secure a play-off berth and then take it on from there,” he added.

Robin Uthappa, whose performance at the top of the order has been pivotal to KKR’s recent successes, feels maintaining the momentum will be crucial for his side. A fantastic start at home should propel the Knights to finish the league stage of the competition on a high, the opener believes.

“We were longing to play at the Eden. Obviously, it was a wonderful way to start proceedings at home. Winning five matches in a row is always a great feeling. We just hope to maintain the momentum,” Uthappa said.

Veterans with KKR like Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan are also enjoying the success.

“We’ve obviously been working hard and the results are showing… We’ve clicked as a unit and that has played a big role… We’re confident going forward,” said Pathan at a promotional for U.S. Polo Assn.

“We’ve been in good form… The last few matches went off well and we are near to sealing a berth in the playoffs.

“We’re taking it match by match… We’re not thinking too much ahead and focusing on our strengths,” remarked Pathan.

Kallis was also optimistic. “The last couple of weeks have been good for us. We’ve got the balance right. We need to keep doing the right things in the coming days.”

The all-rounder also took the opportunity to focus on his personal targets. “I’m taking it season by season. The first target is to play the 2015 World Cup and then take it from there… The IPL is a goof platform to keep myself in shape,” said Kallis.

Pat Cummins, who excelled in his debut match for KKR, said he was happy with his performance. “Yesterday’s performance was amazing… The spinners have been doing wonders for us…”

Piyush Chawla felt the spinners had made a difference in the tournament. “If there’s more competition, there’s more motivation to perform… If this continues, it’s good for us,” said the leg spinner.