Chennai, May 27 (IBNS) Skipper Gautam Gambhir said "Mission Accomplished" as Knight Riders won their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title beating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in their home ground at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Sunday.
"Only one word comes in mind again, mission accomplished. I thought whenever the situation came, the guys would stand up for the team. This one is for Kolkata," said Gambhir.
While praising Man of the Match Manvinder Bisla, Gambhir dedicated the win to his fast bowler and local lad Lakshmipathy Balaji, who missed the match due to an injury.
"Balaji has been our unsung hero. We were playing for him. Missing such a game in front of his home crowd was big. Chasing 195 against defending champions in their backyard shows the character of Bisla. It proves captain is only as good as his team. Team makes successful captain, Successful captain does not make successful team," he said.
Asked why didn't he take off his pads till the last ball, Gambhir said: "There is only one time I have taken out my pads in the tournament, and that day we could not chase against Kings XI. Since then I have not taken off my pads. Kolkata have supported us throughout, this one us for them."
Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said despite the loss he was happy with the performance of his team.
"I thought the ball started coming on slightly better in the second half. Bisla and Kallis got the partnership KKR needed. Cricket is a game of plus ten minus ten. It is always like that.
"Under the conditions, we batted well. It was a bit slower in the first innings. Batsmen did a good job. Not to forget we could have looked for 200 and ended up with 170. Our bowlers were not getting reverse swing. Then it becomes easy for the fast bowlers to execute the wide yorkers. I am happy with our performance," he said.