Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has revealed which team he wants to see as a winner in the IPL. While he said that his heart says KKR should win, he wants either the Delhi Capitals (DC) or the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to lift the IPL 2021 trophy this season as well.
His comments came during an interaction during ESPNcricinfo’s show ‘Runorder’. Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. He, however, claimed that his heart still lies with his former team – KKR. However, he also added that a new winner would be better.
Want KKR To Win: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir said: “I want KKR to win. My heart says KKR should win but at the same time, I want a new winner. So the new winner has to be either Delhi or RCB. I want a new winner and it’s good for the league, the competition and it’s good for everyone.”
Among the four teams this year, only the Chennai Super Kings (thrice) and KKR (twice) have won an IPL title before whereas Delhi and RCB are et to win the trophy.
Gautam Gambhir concluded: “Yes, because they are playing in Sharjah. They’ll play their first [playoffs game] at Sharjah and if they end up beating RCB, they’ll play their next game in Sharjah as well and that’d probably suit their attack. They have got Shakib, Narine and Varun Chakravarthy and they have got their Indian batting that suits that surface. If they can probably get to 150-160, they’ve got the bowling lineup with Lockie Ferguson who’s got pace to defend that total.”
KKR will pay against RCB in the Eliminator on Monday. If they win, they will take on the loser of the first Qualifier between CSK and DC on Wednesday as well.