Mumbai: Ahead of their match against RCB, KKR opener Shubman Gill said not many teams make a comeback as they did in the second leg of IPL 2021.
KKR qualified for the playoffs ahead of Mumbai Indians (MI), because of their excellent net run rate. KKR had a horror run in the India leg of IPL 2021, winning only two of their seven matches. However, aided by some key changes, they had an incredible second half in the UAE, winning five of their seven matches. Also Read: You Have To Be Crystal Clear, Take One Over At A Time: Gaikwad On 70 (50) vs DC
Gill stated that few sides can make such a brilliant comeback, Ferguson added that the tournament for KKR starts now.
KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2021 Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday. Kolkata hammered Bangalore by nine wickets when the sides met earlier in the UAE leg. Also Read: IPL 2021: Cricket Fraternity Lauds Dhoni For His Cameo Against Delhi Capitals
On the challenge of facing RCB in the Eliminator, Gill opined that it’s anyone’s game on the day.
“The way we came back in the second leg, you don’t see too many teams doing that. If you look at our team, there isn’t anyone who is having the Orange Cap, there isn’t anyone who has the Purple Cap. But the important thing is everyone performing well. These are the small things that make a team a champion team,” Gill, who has scored the fifties in the last two games, stated in a video posted on KKR’s Twitter handle. Also Read: And The King Is Back: Kohli On MS Dhoni Finishing Run Chase In Last Over Against DC
“Once the team qualifies for the playoffs, it’s like a different ball game and anyone can win,” the KKR opener added.
Meanwhile, KKR Pacer Lockie Ferguson said, “We’ve got back to par as a team.” Also Read: Haven’t Done A Lot In Tournament, Wanted To Get That Out Of System: Dhoni On 18*(6)
“We had a couple of close games, even the losses we had were very close games, right down to the last ball. The great teams around the world have that sort of setup where any one of the 11 players can stand up and be a match-winner,” the Kiwi pacer added.
He also asserted that the attitude around the group is positive as everyone is proud of the hard work in the second half of the competition.
“We have won five from seven, great. We’ve sort of got back to par, where we should be as a team, and now the tournament starts. We’ve got to start with the first game against RCB and then hopefully go from there,” Ferguson concluded.
The 30-year-old Pacer was limped off the field after bowling two overs against Delhi Capitals in the game in Sharjah on September 28.
He returned to the side for the last league clash against Rajasthan Royals and was one of the standout performers with figures of 3 for 18.