'Kallis the heart and soul of KKR'
Reactions from Kolkata Knight Riders players and staff after winning their second IPL title
Gautam Gambhir singled out KKR's assistant coach for praise.
Vijay dhaiya the best indian coach by far. Thanks 4 being there alwayss. Unbelievable cricket brain learnt alot from u.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 1, 2014
Venky Mysore, the franchise's CEO, paid tribute to a player who didn't get a look-in during the latter stages of the tournament.
Knight Riders co-owner, Shah Rukh Khan, reacts after the win.
Sunil Narine told the IPL website why this season's win was better than 2012.
"This year was even better since we scripted a win chasing 200, which is no easy task. The guys have worked hard for this win and we totally deserve this moment. We did not have the best of starts this year, but we ended up with nine straight wins, which is phenomenal."
Wasim Akram also compared the two victories for Knight Riders.
"It feels out of this world, but this time we're a lot calmer as well. The best thing about this team is that every member is enjoying each other's success and company. The foreign players and the Indian boys are really close, and that's great to see as a mentor."
Vinay Kumar has captained Karnataka to three domestic titles this season, and celebrated his fourth trophy with his state-mates, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey.
Kkr kkr kkr wow what a match.. Thanks for your all support guys.. 4th cup in this year.. Many more to come pic.twitter.com/ble5ZC8tz4— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) June 1, 2014
There were no multiple exclamations or outpouring of joy on Twitter from Ryan ten Doeschate, who preferred a bit of banter.
And thanks for all the messages, and advice on how to play leg spin :) Few drinks down the bar to celebrate a most enjoyable 8 weeks.— Ryan ten Doeschate (@rtendo27) June 1, 2014
Robin Uthappa was a bit more excited.
Tryin to sleep in vain!It's been an amazing journey this year with @KKRiders family.The love,support,positive energy n belief won it for us— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) June 2, 2014
He also spoke about his record run of 10 successive 40-plus scores.
"To keep pulling off the scores after the sixth or seventh one there was a bit of pressure. I kept reminding myself to forget about the past scores, just stay in the present, and play the ball on its merit. It all fell into place, and here we are."
Yusuf Pathan said his target was to make the 2015 World Cup squad.
"I am working hard and obviously my goal would be to feature in the World Cup squad. But destiny plays a big part. My job is to perform whenever I get the opportunity. My domestic season went well with Baroda and the IPL second half was great. Rest is upto God."
Knight Riders physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, physical trainer Adrian le Roux and team manager Joy Bhattacharjya have something in common.
Knight Riders batting coach WV Raman lauded the team for keeping it together under pressure.