Kings X11 Punjab and Kolkata Knight riders have made it to the finals of the IPL7. Both the teams have had contrasting run in their campaign during the league phase. Kings X11 Punjab had a dream run , with more ups than downs and finished top of the table. On the other hand, KKR had a horrible start to the tournament and then it took a change in the batting position , Uthappa opening and Kallis’s elimination, to revive their fortunes. This followed by a blinder from Yusuf Pathan ensured that KKR reach the knockout , being 2nd on the table.
But amidst some fine performances by the both sides, what has gone unnoticed is the contribution of the captains, the way they have led the side.
For George Bailey , he has always been very much under rated and never got the credit he deserves , be it the Australian team or the domestic ones. A calm and composed guy which never shows much emotions on the field apart from the smile which has now become his trademark one. He talks to the bowlers when they are belted here and there and supports the younger lads.He believes to give the youngsters a go and take the tougher responsibility. Promoting Akshar Patel ahead of himself is just an indication of this fact. He is ready to bat lower down the order for the team’s cause and not using the captaincy to help his personal cause. When he was credited for the team’s success by Ravi Shastri, he just gave it to Sanjay Bangar , which speaks volumes of him.
On the other hand, Gambhir is the other name of aggression. The famous Indian street words are coming out of him like anything. I am not saying that it’s wrong , or has no right to , considering the success he has got under his captaincy. He had a horrible start to his IPL7 proceedings, but he came out of it and revived the team’s fortunes. He has been aggressive , showing his emotions to the players when they do anything wrong but has supported them for their good performances. Helping the player in their bad times and supporting them has been his high point. The faith he showed on Yusuf just paid them off . He is not reluctant to make changes , even to replace guys who did well in the previous game, just for the sake of better combination on a particular ground