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Not out of the race yet - Gambhir

A round-up of IPL news from May 7, 2013

With eight points and only five matches to go, Kolkata Knight Riders may have the lowest chances of making it to the play-offs out of the seven teams still in the race, but their captain Gautam Gambhir is still hoping to sneak through. "We are very much in the race. I haven't heard anyone say that we're out," he said. "A lot of people are saying that we need to win five out of five. But if you see in the last three years teams have qualified in the top four with eight wins."

Gambhir said that the team is aiming to win as many matches as possible. Knight Riders first task will be to beat a strong Mumbai Indians, who are yet to concede a match at Wankhede. "Whether it's the start or the end of a tournament, we always go out there to win. The desperation is always there. Till now, we have approached every game with the same hunger and desperation and it's not that only because we are in a position like this that we are desperate to win."

MCA seek police help to keep Shahrukh out

Shahrukh Khan, the Kolkata Knight Riders owner, attends most of the matches his team plays, but the Mumbai Cricket Association is making sure he is not able to transgress on the five-year ban from entering the Wankhede Stadium imposed on him last year when Knight Riders take on Mumbai Indians. The MCA has sought police help to make sure that Shahrukh is not able to enter the premises. "We wrote a letter to Marine Lines police station today (May 6) asking them not to allow Shahrukh Khan inside the stadium tomorrow," Ravi Savant, the MCA president, said. "This was after the police had asked us to send a letter to that effect."

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • venbas on May 7, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Here he goes....Gambhir is shooting from his mouth again. He should remember that in addition to the 8 wins, the teams in question also had a 1 point from washed out games. Hence effectively there were 9 wins. Even with that additional point, the team in question CSK reached the finals thanks to a miracle of 5-6 results going their way leading to their opponents handing CSK a hugely unlikely entry into the playoffs. With the current forms of the teams, Gambhir can kiss the playoffs goodbye which should be confirmed right after this MI-KKR match

  • Provost on May 7, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    As a captain, he is saying what he has to say. No need to take it seriously.......he says " I haven't heard anyone say that we're out", meaning, he don't know how to calculate the number of games/required points etc. and "some one" should tell him about that...... Not a fan of KKR but would like them to win today to tie down MI in 3 or 4rd place. Once in playoffs MI will choake and excuse themselves.......As a CSK fan, I see RR as a bigger threat to CSK than anyone else......Last year we lost but still think we are defending our title (rightfully ours......LOL.....)

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 7, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    LoL gambhir still thinks KKR can make it. There are 16 games so 16 points may not be enough. He should now make sure not let delhi/pune overtake them

  • dummy4fb on May 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Unless Gauti changes his attitude KKR cannot win any of the remaining matches. A good layer spoiled by his own arragoncy. Also KKR should find out a player to match Yusuf and remover Yusuf from the XI.

  • guptahitesh4u on May 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I am sure gambhir is talking about the race to remain at the bottom of the table..KKR is not competing with DD and PWI!!

  • GobiSaravanan on May 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    In 2010 and 2011 IPL league matches each team had only 14 matches. So team won 8 out of 14 made into play offs. In last year couple of team with 8 wins not able to make into play offs. Gambhir forgot all these things.

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