If you could catch glimpses of Kolkata Knight Riders victory march after emerging as the champions in the Indian Premier League, you would know how overwhelmed the city was after their maiden victory at the Indian Premier League 2012. Thousands of fans came out on the streets to participate in the victory march of the team.
The fact that the Chief Minister of the state of West Bengal felicitated the players personally at the Eden Gardens throws enough light on the importance of this victory for the state. However, the step was criticized on accounts of over spending for the gifts of the cricketers.
The controversial team owner Shahrukh Khan was delighted and relieved especially after his brawl with the security at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. All's well that ends well after all. There was massive crowd that gathered at the Eden Gardens Stadium more to catch glimpse of the super star actor than to cheer up for the players, giving a field's day to the security.
This victory has opened new doors for the development of cricket in the state otherwise obsessed with football. It could be a pivotal moment for state level cricket in Kolkata, only if the benefit extends to the struggling and aspiring cricketers in the state. The doubts emerge because of IPL's reputation as a commercial and entertainment venture. Best would be that the state government exulted at the victory take initiatives to somehow make most of this opportunity.
Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders played well throughout the tournament as against their poor performance in the previous seasons of the game. They won 10 out of all the 16 games played in the tournament earning 21 points in all. One of their matches against Deccan Chargers was abandoned. They defeated Delhi Daredevils sitting at the top of the ranking table to qualify for the finals directly and avoiding the eliminator. In the final their face off was with Chennai Super kings, the defending champions of the trophy from two consecutive seasons.
Last Updated on 3/20/2013
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