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IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders responded after my ‘threat’

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. The win came even after Gautam Gambhir-led KKR was all out for a paltry score of 131. Virat Kohli-led RCB were all out for 49.

Kolkata Knight Riders, led by Gautam Gambhir, dismissed Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore for 49 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 games.

For the first time in my seven years with KKR I was fuming. The loss against Gujarat Lions was still haunting. On the back of that, we collapsed from 65 for 1 to 131 all out against RCB. It was unacceptable.

Normally I eat something during the break with my favourite being the “paturi” fish (baked fish with mustard wrapped in a banana leaf). Instead, I went and stood underneath the shower for about 3 to 4 minutes thinking it will cool me down. It didn’t. I was trying to arrest my emotions but was failing miserably.

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As the innings break was nearing the end I got the entire team together. There may be 60-odd thousand roaring outside our dressing room but inside it was so silent that you could hear people think!

I started speaking and let go of all I had. I wanted intensity from my teammates. I wanted them to fight. I wanted them to win. I told them whoever dropped on intent should understand that this could be his last game for KKR, at least in my captaincy.

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