Gautam Gambhir, the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders, after a rain scare against Sunrisers Hyderabad has revealed that he has always hated rain since childhood,
“I was born in October 1981. By that count, I am 35 years of age. But I can assure you that after the stress and the tension that I went through during the Sunrisers Hyderabad game, I feel like a worn-out 70-year old,” Gambhir wrote in a column for Hindustan Times.
“I grew up in west Delhi. My cricketing cradle was a neighbourhood park. At the time even a short-lived shower meant the end of cricket for the day. I and a few other diehard cricket-tragic friends would try everything possible to dry our neighbourhood ‘MCG’ while cursing the rain.
“Then, cricket action would shift to someone’s petite backyard. I found it boring. The whole scenario was nothing short of a personal tragedy. No amount of indoor sports, video games or watching TV excited me. I wanted to be out, playing cricket.
“I remember I have always hated rain. As we waited for showers to stop, I was thinking, ‘here we go, this could be it’. As it is, I am such a poor loser and the possibility of crashing out of a tournament due to rain was killing me. There were some guys playing French cricket and I couldn’t understand, how could they? I was at my brooding worst.” he added.
The way in which the eliminator went between KKR and SRH went, surely, not just Gambhir but the foot of all KKR fans was also in their mouth due to the fact that if rain would have washed the game, then it would have been Hyderabad to qualify for the second round by virtue of finishing a rank ahead of KKR in the points table.
KKR players held their nerve till the few hours and finally, a good news came on the next day when it was announced that KKR will have to chase a target of 48 in six overs, which was befitting keeping in mind the fact that they bowled superbly in the first innings and stopped RCB on a low total of just 128.
In the end, KKR did the job as they chased down the total of 48 with four balls to spare. Though they lost three wickets in the wee hours of the day but Gambhir was there scoring 32* runs off 19, to see his team getting past the winning total.
A special credit goes to the groundsmen who did the job and ensured that SRH bowlers come on the ground. In addition to that, the SubAirdraining and aeration system installed by KSCA also had a major role as a total of 2 Lakh Litres of water was poured out of the playing area to allow KKR bat again.
But there is one more news which can scare KKR as again, there is a prediction of rain on the day of the second qualifier and KKR side will expect the groundsmen to do the same job again as if this game is washed out, then it will be Mumbai Indians who will qualify for the finals by virtue of ending the tournament as the top placed team.
The rain is playing a dodgy game with KKR and as said, it is unfair for not just KKR, for every team to be voted out of a tournament due to rain.