As his team slumped to a second straight defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir lamented that they have failed to click as unit in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament. Kolkata last night lost to South Australia Redbacks by 19 runs while chasing a very stiff target of 189. They had lost the opening clash against Somerset by five wickets.
Gambhir said they played well in patches and fielding particularly was found wanting. "If we could have taken the catches, they would not have got 188. It is part and parcel of the game. But these small things can hurt you. I think we did not click as a team. Sometimes, we batted well or bowled well," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference. "When you have to win against a good opposition, you need to click as a team. The batting and bowling have to complement each other. We have not done that in the competition. we have two more games, hopefully we can try hard in the coming two games," the left-handed batsman added. Kolkata would need a miracle of sorts to make the cut for the semifinals as not only they have to win the remaining games by a good margin but also hope that some other results go in their favour. But Gambhir refused to be pessimistic. "We have two more games. It is not over completely. When you are playing professional sport, each game is important, so we want to try and win games. Whether we qualify for semifinals or not, it is irrelevant. It is about winning games, so we would go out there, try and give out 100 per cent and try and win games," he said.
Gambhir also refused to pinpoint any individual for the defeat instead praised the opponents for being better team. "It is very easy to blame people but I feel that there are times we played well and at times, we were ordinary.
I never thought that they would get 188 on this wicket. After 10 overs, they were 73 but the way Callum Ferguson batted, whole credit goes to them. "But we got 170 as well, it was a great effort by the team. Ultimately when you lose, you have not done things right. When you play competitive cricket, it is about winning. Then only all of us can be satisfied," he said.
Gambhir also defended the strategy of keeping Ryan ten Doeschate in the lower-order. The Dutch batsman played a breezy 16-ball 32 run knock in Kolkata's chase after coming at number seven to bat. "We need someone in the middle order, who can pick up shots. He has done fantastically for us. The way he was hitting, I could have sent him up the order. But it is about team. Whatever the support staff and team managements think that where you can contribute the maximum we are going to use him in that number," he said. The Redbacks Captian Michale Kilnger was all smiles as his team opened the points account.
They had lost to Warriors by a huge margin of 50 runs in the first match. "We are pretty pleased with the way we played. We did not play to our ability in the first game. This game we were pretty close to our best, minus the last two overs. We feel confident and we would like to do our best in the next match against Somerset in Bangalore," he said.