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Knight Riders look to bring back IPL campaign on track

For the Kolkata Knight Riders their shocking two-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in the IPLeague opener is history now and the team is looking forward to bring their campaign back on track when they take on Deccan Chargers in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens tomorrow.

cricket Updated: Apr 11, 2011 09:06 IST

For the Kolkata Knight Riders their shocking two-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in the IPLeague opener is history now and the team is looking forward to bring their campaign back on track when they take on Deccan Chargers in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

And the Knight Riders' coach Dav Whatmore feels that his team is capable of bouncing back.

"Well, we would rather lose our first match and come on winning notes in the other matches. It's always nice to get points. I thought it was one that got away from us. But that's history now," said Whatmore.

"We have learnt something from it and hope we can perform to the best of our ability and there is no reason why we should not be having good times ahead for us," he added.

Whatmore further said that they did not regret their decision of playing KKR's new captain Gautam Gambhir at No 6 position, but hinted that he might open on Tuesday.

"In this format of the game, you got to be as flexible as you can. In the hindsight, yes we would have liked him to bat at one or two but these decisions are to be made pretty much as you go along.

"He (Gambhir) was very confident that the players would finish the game off but that was not the case. However, that was not the reason for winning or losing the game. There are a number of factors that could have changed the course of the result," said Whatmore.

The World Cup winning former Sri Lankan coach also said they were looking at Gambhir to come out on his own.

"He has been with us for a few days. But he leads from front, he leads by example. He has been a wonderful contributor to the Indian cricket. Looking forward very much for him to contribute with the bat. He is terrific... everyone is enjoying his company, his leadership."

For the Knight Riders this will be the first match at their home ground without city's favourite son Sourav Ganguly, who was shunned in the latest IPL bidding, and Whatmore said they were not missing the former India captain as they chose their players carefully in the auction and added that the team would get maximum from the home matches beginning tomorrow.

"Not really," said Whatmore when asked if he and his team were missing Ganguly.