Gautam Gambhir on RCB’s Loss: Momentum Doesn’t Matter

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor Gautam Gambhir shared his thoughts on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) losing to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2024 Eliminator. Despite RCB coming into the playoffs with six consecutive wins, Gambhir believes their loss wasn’t due to a lack of momentum.

Gautam Gambhir On Rcb Loss

Focus on Performance, Not Momentum

Gambhir emphasized that Rajasthan outplayed Bengaluru in every aspect of the game, which was the crucial factor. He stated that momentum is an overused term and what really counts is the intensity with which a team plays on the day of the match.

“Momentum is a word that we just use too much. What matters is with what intensity you take the field on the day. The team that plays fearlessly and with courage is the one that ends up with the advantage because neither the ball nor the bat knows the momentum.”

Players’ Mindset in Knockout Games

Gambhir also discussed the players’ mindset before a big knockout game. He believes that every game should be treated with equal importance and players should maintain their intensity throughout the league stages.

IPL: The Toughest T20 League

Gambhir considers the IPL to be on par with the T20 World Cup in terms of competition level. He pointed out that the differences between the teams are minimal, making the league extremely tough.

“There isn’t much difference between the team that finished No.1 and the team that finished No.10. If there’s a five-match series between the two teams, I won’t be surprised if the No.10 team beats the No.1 team comfortably. That’s why the IPL is the toughest league in the world and at the level of any T20 World Cup. We all get the same purse and all teams formed are good.”

Gambhir made these remarks when asked about his favorite between Rajasthan Royals and SunRisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2024 Qualifier 2 on Friday, May 24.

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