Picture Credit: X/IPL

Picture Credit: X/IPL

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets to reach the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 final on Tuesday, May 21. After being put to bowl first, the Shreyas Iyer-led side restricted the SRH to 159 in 19.3 overs, courtesy the impactful bowlers including the likes of Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakravarthy and others.

In pursuit of the 160-run target, the Knight Riders chased the total in just 13.4 overs, courtesy, half-centuries from Venkatesh Iyer and skipper Shreyas Iyer respectively. With their comprehensive win a lop-sided match, KKR advanced to their fourth IPL final appearance.

Apart from this, the viral speech from their mentor and two-time champion with the side, Gautam Gambhir went viral where he spoke that on May 26, the team needs to be there. The former India cricketer had addressed the team ahead of the start of the season with KKR also sharing the video with the caption reading, “Guru Gautam Gambhir’s first speech.”

“Everyone in this group will be treated equally. There is no senior-junior, there is no domestic-international because we have got one mission that is to win this IPL. So everyone needs to follow that one simple path. On 26th May, we should be there, giving everything positive and it starts from today. It’s not gonna start on the 26th (May) or 23rd (March), it starts today,” Gambhir had said in this his speech ahead of IPL 2024. 

Watch Gautam Gambhir’s first address to the team ahead of IPL 2024:

Gautam Gambhir’s animated celebration with Abhishek Nayar goes viral

The KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir was seen celebrating his side’s eight-wicket win against SRH in IPL 2024. The Team India World Cup winner, who is known for his aggression and passionate celebrations, was seen bringing in an animated celebration with Abhishek Nayar in the dugout, which is going viral on social media.

Watch Gambhir’s animated celebration here:

While the Shreyas-led side have confirmed their berth in the IPL 2024 final, the SunRisers Hyderabad will take on the winner of Rajasthan Royals versus Royal Challengers Bengaluru clash in Qualifier 2 on May 24 (Friday) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.