IPL 2017: KKR Skipper Gautam Gambhir Thanks Supporters After Season Comes To An End
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has thanked the supporters after his team’s journey in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League came to an disappointing end with a humiliating 6-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday (May 19).
After being invited to bat first on a tough M Chinnaswamy track, the Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen struggled throughout and were eventually bowled out for a paltry 107 in the penultimate over. The Kolkata-based outfit once again pinned their hopes on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to get a blazing start but it didn’t work against a formidable Mumbai bowling line-up as both were dismissed cheaply. Rohit Sharma’s consistent bowling changes never allowed the Gautam Gambhir-led side to settle down as half of their team returned to the hut with just 31 runs on the board. A 56-run stand between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav helped the team to cross the 100-run mark but the score was never going to pose a challenge against the strong Mumbai Indians batting lineup and they chased down the total with utmost ease in the end.
The Knight Riders had a glimmer of hope when they reduced the Mumbai Indians to 34 for 3 but it soon evaporated courtesy of a 54-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya. The table-toppers of this year went on to win the game in the 15th over quite comfortably.
With the loss, Knight Riders’ promising campaign came to a disappointing and unexpected end. They were one of the strongest sides in the initial matches of this season as they won 7 of their first nine games. However, four losses in the next five games threatened to derail their campaign but they managed to make it to last four as other results went their way. But they left behind all the poor performances to register a clinical victory over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator before losing in the second qualifier.
Disappointed with the loss, Gambhir took to Twitter to thank the supporters and said that his men tried their best to go all the way this season.
“Tks for being a wonderful support 4 @KKRiders,but 4 u all this journey won’t have been fun. Tried our best may b our best wasn’t good enuff,” Gambhir tweeted.
Tks for being a wonderful support 4 @KKRiders,but 4 u all this journey won't have been fun. Tried our best may b our best wasn't good enuff.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 20, 2017
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