It seldom happens at the iconic Eden Gardens that Kolkata Knight Riders do not enjoy the love and support from their home fans. However, on Sunday, April 23, half the stadium donned the Yellow jersey of the Chennai Super Kings as a tribute to MS Dhoni.
While he batted for only three deliveries and scored two runs, the fans cheered every run Chennai scored in their first innings total of 234 runs. In the post-match press conference, David Wiese stated it is hard for the hosts when the opposition gets overwhelming support.
"It's tough when you come into a home game, and you have got more opposition support than home support. But then, I suppose that's the Dhoni effect."
"It is tough when you are out there, and the momentum switches and the crowd behind the opposition team get louder and louder. Things just tend to not go your way, and it is easy to get carried away, but that is the nature of the game."
"We play professional sport only to play in front of so many people and entertain so many people, and it is always a pleasure to play in front of so many fans," Wiese said.
The 37-year-old also shared insights on the performance of the team in this clash and expects them to come back stronger in the coming games.
"Obviously, things did not go as per plans today, and we know coming here, the conditions favour the batting side. Unfortunately, we did not execute our skills, but we did a lot of good things in the game, but in the end they outplayed us in all the departments tonight," he said.
Despite conceding 234 runs, the all-rounder felt the team did not bowl badly but credited Ajinkya Rahane for his sublime knock. "We didn't feel like we bowled too badly. We stuck to our lengths and plans, but they ended up playing some good shots.
"Halfway through, they were 110 off 12 overs, we contained them quite nicely. Ajinkya Rahane came in and played fantastic innings. He was complemented by everybody else who came in," he concluded.
Kolkata Knight Riders are currently eighth on the points table and will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday, April 26, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.