Gujarat Lions’ coach Brad Hodge admitted they weren’t ‘good enough’ after they succumbed to a 26-run defeat against the Kings XI Punjab at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
“Today was an extremely difficult loss for sure, especially after such a spirited win in Kolkata. There could be many excuses --- a day’s rest to playing a 4pm game today. It’s tough. We can come up with excuses but we just weren’t good enough,” said a disappointed Hodge.
The defeat was the Lions’ fifth in seven matches which kept them at the bottom of the table with four points and diminished their chances of making the playoffs. Hodge said the task might be difficult but not impossible.
“Unfortunately, we let ourselves down in all three areas, batting, bowling and fielding. This one’s a tough one because we are running out of time (to make the playoffs). We are definitely playing catch-up but I do know that if these guys do fire, we can certainly put it together like we did last year,” said the former Australia batsman.
Hodge felt the team hadn’t clicked as a unit which has led to their downfall so far.
“We just haven’t clicked. If we bat well at the start, our middle struggles. If we struggle at the top, our middle fires. We’ve got some serious firepower and some serious match-winners but we just haven’t had enough match-winners on the day. We are still searching for that for sure. We’re still searching for the perfect recipe,” he said.
“We’re trying our best to make sure the combinations are right. We’ll keep searching. We want to make sure we give all players confidence that when they’re out there, they can do the job. That’s one thing we’re trying to do. But there are a few areas where we need to improve. Lack of wicket-taking and spin deficiency is hurting us a little bit, which is costing us to chase a few more extra runs that we would have liked. We need to trust ourselves and skills.”