Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Group A, Durban October 17, 2012

Kolkata need to show more fight - Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, has said he was disappointed to see a lack of fight from his team in the Champions League T20 and hoped a "bruised self-pride" would inspire a better performance against Perth Scorchers.

Kolkata were beaten comprehensively in both their matches, losing to Delhi Daredevils by 52 runs and to Auckland Aces by seven wickets. They now need to win their remaining two games by sizeable margins to have a chance of making the semi-finals.

"It is disappointing for me that a champion team like [Kolkata] could not turn it around. The teams that do this consistently leave an impact," Gambhir wrote in the Hindustan Times. "I have played all my life as a fighter without much support. And that is why it was disappointing to see the lack of fight in my team [against Auckland].

"Yes, Azhar Mahmood bowled a brilliant 10th over. Yes, he broke our backs. Yes, that changed the game for us, but I think we should have fought a little more."

Mahmood bowled a high-impact spell of 3 for 16 and then steered Auckland's successful chase with an unbeaten half-century.

Gambhir also defended Kolkata's decision to drop fast bowler Brett Lee and play the spinning allrounder Shakib Al Hasan on a quick Newlands pitch. Shakib scored 15 off 22 balls and conceded 34 in four wicketless overs. "The thought behind this decision was Auckland's inability to play spin. I still stand by that decision as there was moisture in the pitch and Shakib's deliveries were gripping and turning," he wrote. "But maybe, it was not our day [on Sunday]. It was Mahmood all the way. I think his elevation was also a good move by the opposition as they were out to negate our spin advantage."

Gambhir hoped his team would turn it around in the next game against Perth Scorchers in Durban on Wednesday. "[Scorchers] have a balanced side, but we have a bruised self-pride, which, I am sure, is good to put up a much better show in the next game.

"We haven't thought about the composition of the team as yet, but I am not a big believer in wholesale changes. I think what the players need is a consistent selection policy and a fair run."

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  • Naresh on October 17, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - agreed most fans have being calling for heads to roll in team India especially in the test team. We need fighters - time to drop players like Sachin, Gambhir, Shewag, Rohit Sharma, Zaks - guys like Vijay, Dhawan, Mukund Rahane, Rayudu, Menaria, Mandeep - have shown the fight in recent tournaments.

  • Anik on October 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    kkr is really disappionting this season...:(

  • Jay on October 17, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Gambir has been non-performing for more than 2 years now. What do the Indian selectors do with him ? NOTHING. They don't even warn him. This is getting out of hand and fans are losing patience with Indian cricket. Our fans can bad mouth all the other teams, but the fact remains we are all ARROGANT as fans and as a nation. This has to stop and something has to give to bring the glory back to Indian cricket. For starters, the BCCI needs change in personnel. Too much bureaucracy is plaguing our cricket. Businessmen shouldn't be permitted to run a sports body, period. Our domestic cricket, Ranji Trophy in particular needs a boost in standards. To begin with, the pitches across India need a look in. Enough is enough, I am tired of seeing Indian players prosper on flat pitches. Our cricketers are worshipped like GODs and some people still call an aging Tendulkar as a GOD ! Can you believe it ? A total change in attitude is necessary for Indian cricket to prosper.

  • Debashis on October 17, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Gambhir, manoj & kallis are not strong batsmen as before had. So, it could bad for KkR. But Boiling is well without Balaji. Best of luck KKR . I wish KKR big win today

  • Phani on October 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    First, gambhir should improvise his mindset...because of his mindset he is unable to score runs. All the way from T20 WC to CL T20, he is trying to get to the other end by taking a sneaky single if the ball is offside. If gambhir plays his natural game of aggressiveness, that will replicate in the entire team..come on....you are known for your aggressiveness...pls see your old outings & hw you made runs

  • Ashok on October 17, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Gambhir has become like a non-playing captain. He has beennon existent in batting. Does he deserve a place in the XI?. Before he blames others, he should lead by example. Gambhir has been batting so poorly even for India that he does not deserve to open the innings for India. He will definitely be dropped. Vijay & Dhawan are good alternatives. If KKR have to succeed they need kallis, Gambhir& Pathan to be contributing members rather than passengers.Lee, Narine, Shakib, Kallis should each also bowl at their best. Today it is another "Do or die" game.A loss will eliminate them. A win keeps slim chances of qualifying alive.Practice what you preach, GG!.

  • Jay on October 17, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Gambhir is out of form himself. He should be demanding more from himself FIRST before asking the same from others. Given his current form, he wouldn't make a B team now. He's also useless as a captain. It's time the Indian selectors sack him and let him play some domestic cricket to regain some form. Given the flat pitches in Indian cricket, I wouldn't be surprised if he's back in business. Can't see KKR win ANYTHING from here on. Shame on them and their illustrious owner Shahrukh Khan.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    batting has never been KKR's strength. Even in ipl, they mostly won defending low scores, so batsmen shouldnt be blamed so much, i gues the bowlers are their main strength and they are not performing at all...

  • Samin on October 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    I want Brett Lee and Shakib both........... I am thinking that kallis should be out of the match........ even he is a good player................

  • mohammad on October 17, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Whu compare Brett Lee with Shakib? Is Brett Lee a batsman like Shakib?

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