India news June 5, 2014

We're done with such felicitations - Gambhir

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, has said he was disappointed by the problems the felicitation ceremony for his team at Eden Gardens caused for the public. Knight Riders had won their second IPL in Bangalore on June 1 and were felicitated the next day in Kolkata.

Huge crowds of around 60,000 turned up on Monday to witness the spectacle and mounted police were needed to try and maintain order.

"I must say I was disappointed by the inconvenience KKR's felicitation ceremony caused to Kolkatans. As it is cricket fans in India, who are the most important stakeholders, are not treated well," Gambhir wrote in his column for Hindustan Times. "To make matters worse there was lathicharge on innocents. God-willing my KKR team wins many more trophies but as far as I am concerned we're done with such felicitations."

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  • prasad on June 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    KKR - Just think this team for first four seasons. This what the team's real capable of playing. Winning less number of matches, shamed not qualifying in play-offs and so. The only is to wash out the old team, just with the exception of sponsors and ownership, the team was newly built. Gambhir who doesnt succeed in Delhi daredevils, was clicked here, because the newly built squad. Likewise for the rest. And no other IPL teams does like this stupid celebration.

  • jayaesh on June 6, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Well i agree that there was chaos and police and organisers and state government need to be better prepared to handle crowd management but i take strong objections to those commenting that it is only an IPL win and there in no one from Bengal in the KKR team , please tell me in Manchester City team that won the EPL how many English player are in starting xi forget about them coming from Manchester or county of Lancashire, thousands of Man City fans don't care and this is how it happens in all football clubs across the world .Be happy that in every IPL team 7 Indian player are allowed and don't forget India is a federal union of 29 states.Kolkata has a long history of club culture which is 100 years old and matches involving Mohun Bagan,East Bengal,Mohammedan sporting have been drawing crowds of over 1 lack for there derby matches.Kolkata fans not only support the national cricket and football teams but also there local teams with great gusto...who are we to sit on and pass judgements.

  • Ashok on June 6, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    GG is probably the most straightforward of the Indian cricketers. I hope he has a long playing career but I have I high hopes for him after he finishes his career - an area in which India is sorely lacking right now. None of our recently retired have the spine to question officialdom.

  • Android on June 6, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    To @ramz30380 Will someone stop celibrating their birthdays or marriages if someone in the country dies. Your reason is extremely poor. The celibration was pre-planned so why make a fuss.

    Also KOLKATA love for KKR is extremely higher than Other cities for other teams. SRK's fan following is all over the globe. Stop the celibration should be bigger.

    But the act done by the police was wrong.

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  • Ramya on June 5, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Firstly, this is a club franchise cricket tournament, why shud the WB government be involved in such celebrations? Other teams have won the IPL before - Rasjastan did not call for it, Chennai did not call for it, Hyderabad and Mumbai didnt make an issue of it. The celebrations were over with the players - so whts all this fuss!

    Mamtaji, there are better things to look at - it was saddening tht the entire country was mourning for the loss of a Union Minister when Didi was busy celebrating an IPL victory! There wud be some value if she renders her support to the Ranji team, where the boys are from Bengal. Mr.SRK u need to some thinking here! Good to see GG coming out with his honest views!

  • Android on June 5, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    gambhir sir good and best of luck for England tour

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Good to see that people are finally coming to their senses. These over-extravagant celebrations are totally uncalled for!

  • Juzer on June 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Fully agree with Rohanblue; such celebrations are uncalled for! and, we should make it mandatory to have few representation from the individual states to give some recognition to the franchise names, otherwise there is no meaning whatsoever and KKR would be better off as Knights Riders

  • Pratyush on June 5, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Very well said Gautam. It's always the fans who bear the brunt of these. Shame on the administration.

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