Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012 April 16, 2012

Not happy with form of middle order- Gambhir

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Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said his team should have 'easily' beaten Kings XI Punjab, after restricting them to a total of 134, at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Knight Riders lost by two runs despite needing 13 runs off the last two overs, and a visibly annoyed Gambhir blamed the middle-order for the loss saying it's time they shoulder more responsibility.

"I'm not happy with the form of the middle order," Gambhir said. "There are some experienced players who need to start taking responsibility. Otherwise strong decisions need to be taken. I feel this was a very good wicket to bat on, as the ball was coming nicely on the bat. I'm not happy with our performance, and we should have chased it down easily."

Despite the loss, Gambhir said his bowlers did a tremendous job. "It was a fantastic effort by the bowlers, and I couldn't have asked for more. If you can't chase down 135, you don't deserve to win," Gambhir said. "The result didn't go in our favour, but I can't say it was a poor day. We played well in patches."

Knight Riders now will look to turn the tables on Kings XI when then play them in the return fixture in Mohali on April 18. "We are playing them again after two days, so hopefully we can try and beat them and carry the momentum to Cuttack [where they face Deccan Chargers on April 22]," Gambhir said. "We have 11 games to go, and we need to get the momentum back."

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  • on April 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I doubt abilities of Gautam Gambhir as a captain...no doubt he is a wondeful player...a great asset to have in the team...but he is missing the fire the charisma needed in a captain...sorry gambhir nothing personal...

  • on April 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I dont think i have the best cricketing brain, but still i think i have a better suggestion for shahrukh, gambhir and company...wanna change your fortunes in game then try this Top Batting Order... 1.Gambhir 2.Tendo 3.Kallis 4.Bisla 5.Tiwari 6.Shakib 7.Mccullum...what i always feel is that KKR is wasting their buy Tendo...i think they should make maximum use of tendo and shakib...this 2 guys can do wonders for them...someone either the team owner or management has to come out strongly and support maximum use of tendo and shakib...i am sure it will make a difference... shahrukh man try it and then reply to me buddy...here i will say if needed do promote shakib to postion 4 or 5...

  • saif_riad on April 18, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    The batting order of KKR should be like this:

    1. Maccullum 2. Ghambir 3. Bisla 4. Morgan 5. Shakib 6. Doeschate 7. Bhatia 8. Shukla 9. Lee 10. Balaji 11. Narine

  • Ibra95 on April 17, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    the batting order should be: 1-mccullum/kallis 2-ghambir 3-bisla/tiwary 4-morgan 5-shakib 6-das/tendo 7-bhatia 8- shukla 9-lee 10-shukla/balaji 11-narine then maybe toull win some matches

  • yasserrizwan on April 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @raoashishyadav & others - Man, Did any one ask you what should be playing XI ? Why on earth are we so nosy in expressing our opinions ? Those who are in team are much more competent & experienced than us to pick up XI on any given day. I have seen this every where, People express their dissent with playing XI and then list 'their' XI rightaway. That's silly.

  • raoashishyadav on April 17, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think mccullum should play instead of kallis at the top and i dont understand why morgan hasn't got a game yet, he should be included in the team and lee should play all matches, he is the leader of the pack and reliable in death overs. lee would never give 20 odd runs in the last over which kallis does. so playing xi should be like this: 1. Brendon McCullum(wk) 2. Gautam Gambhir(c) 3. Manoj Tiwary 4. Eoin Morgan 5. Debabrata Das 6. Yusuf Pathan 7. Brett Lee 8. Rajat Bhatia 9. Sunil Narine 10. Lakshmipathy Balaji / Iqbal Abdulla 11. Pradeep Sangwan this is very well balanced team and sangwan is much better left arm pacer than unadkat.

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    kkr will be the team to beat in ipl if they have the following playing 11 1.kallis 2.mccullum 3.gambhir 4.bisla 5.y.pathan 6.m.tiwery 7.s.al hasan 8.r.bhatia 9.i.abdulla 10.balaji 11.b.lee

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I couldn't help myself from commenting in it. What i feel that the top 3 of KKR are consuming too many deliveries.Yes they are scoring runs but slow compared to other team's top3. About Shakib i think he is the most underrated international cricketer.It So many times he has been made the scape goat.I still back Shakib to get KKR to the semis and be the man of the series in IPL 5.He is capable of winning matches with the bat as well.

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I don't think KKR have got the right balance in that team like they want us to believe. Kallis isn't providing the fireworks in the first few overs...I know McCallum failed in the first two games but he is worth another chance in place of Kallis at least. Why Morgan is not playing is absolutely beyond me...he is a far better hitter than Tendo who isn't bowling that much anyway.

  • the_wallster on April 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    they need morgan in for tendo

  • on April 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I doubt abilities of Gautam Gambhir as a captain...no doubt he is a wondeful player...a great asset to have in the team...but he is missing the fire the charisma needed in a captain...sorry gambhir nothing personal...

  • on April 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I dont think i have the best cricketing brain, but still i think i have a better suggestion for shahrukh, gambhir and company...wanna change your fortunes in game then try this Top Batting Order... 1.Gambhir 2.Tendo 3.Kallis 4.Bisla 5.Tiwari 6.Shakib 7.Mccullum...what i always feel is that KKR is wasting their buy Tendo...i think they should make maximum use of tendo and shakib...this 2 guys can do wonders for them...someone either the team owner or management has to come out strongly and support maximum use of tendo and shakib...i am sure it will make a difference... shahrukh man try it and then reply to me buddy...here i will say if needed do promote shakib to postion 4 or 5...

  • saif_riad on April 18, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    The batting order of KKR should be like this:

    1. Maccullum 2. Ghambir 3. Bisla 4. Morgan 5. Shakib 6. Doeschate 7. Bhatia 8. Shukla 9. Lee 10. Balaji 11. Narine

  • Ibra95 on April 17, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    the batting order should be: 1-mccullum/kallis 2-ghambir 3-bisla/tiwary 4-morgan 5-shakib 6-das/tendo 7-bhatia 8- shukla 9-lee 10-shukla/balaji 11-narine then maybe toull win some matches

  • yasserrizwan on April 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @raoashishyadav & others - Man, Did any one ask you what should be playing XI ? Why on earth are we so nosy in expressing our opinions ? Those who are in team are much more competent & experienced than us to pick up XI on any given day. I have seen this every where, People express their dissent with playing XI and then list 'their' XI rightaway. That's silly.

  • raoashishyadav on April 17, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think mccullum should play instead of kallis at the top and i dont understand why morgan hasn't got a game yet, he should be included in the team and lee should play all matches, he is the leader of the pack and reliable in death overs. lee would never give 20 odd runs in the last over which kallis does. so playing xi should be like this: 1. Brendon McCullum(wk) 2. Gautam Gambhir(c) 3. Manoj Tiwary 4. Eoin Morgan 5. Debabrata Das 6. Yusuf Pathan 7. Brett Lee 8. Rajat Bhatia 9. Sunil Narine 10. Lakshmipathy Balaji / Iqbal Abdulla 11. Pradeep Sangwan this is very well balanced team and sangwan is much better left arm pacer than unadkat.

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    kkr will be the team to beat in ipl if they have the following playing 11 1.kallis 2.mccullum 3.gambhir 4.bisla 5.y.pathan 6.m.tiwery 7.s.al hasan 8.r.bhatia 9.i.abdulla 10.balaji 11.b.lee

  • on April 16, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I couldn't help myself from commenting in it. What i feel that the top 3 of KKR are consuming too many deliveries.Yes they are scoring runs but slow compared to other team's top3. About Shakib i think he is the most underrated international cricketer.It So many times he has been made the scape goat.I still back Shakib to get KKR to the semis and be the man of the series in IPL 5.He is capable of winning matches with the bat as well.

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I don't think KKR have got the right balance in that team like they want us to believe. Kallis isn't providing the fireworks in the first few overs...I know McCallum failed in the first two games but he is worth another chance in place of Kallis at least. Why Morgan is not playing is absolutely beyond me...he is a far better hitter than Tendo who isn't bowling that much anyway.

  • the_wallster on April 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    they need morgan in for tendo

  • on April 16, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @ Pradeep: first of all get some knowledge about cricket and then comment. I totally agree with satish619chandar. They have for everything but they cannot execute the plans, may be they need a better captain like dada or dhoni....nywayz best of luck for kkr

  • on April 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    KKR gave almost 30 runs in last two overs. That boosted up the Kings and Gambir needs to blame to depend too much on Kallis. I don't know why Bala was on included !

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Pradeep: Keep in mind, Shakib is primarily a bowler first and then a batsman. He did however hit a crucial six in the game before to make it an easier target for KKR. He is still the best allrounder in the world according to ICC. As far as fans go, Trust you me, I've seen many indian and pakistani fans rooting for Shakib. Don't know why you sound like a sour grape.

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    some r criticizing shakibfor his performance. shakib scored 4 nd yousuf pathan scored 0. shakib gave 26 runs nd kallis gave away 19 runs in the18th over. what about dat??? a bad day can come......dont forget shakib was the man of the match last tym. so he is very much capable of doing than regulerly.....

  • eZoha on April 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Pradeep_Reddy_Billa - Narine is a freak bowler and chances are, he might fizzle out like Mendis. On the other hand, Shakib's strength is his consistency. If Shakib plays all the matches, rest assured that he will win more matches and will be among the top wicket takers with good economy rate. He is #1 ranked all-rounder in Tests and ODIs for one single reason - consistency.

  • RhythmMithuSports on April 16, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Gambhir is quite wright about middle order but i don't think the captaincy was in well-enough. Kallis & Gambhir take responsibilities to open the innings. they can't made a strong partnership as situation, low score match like this.....

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    tendo is a better batsman than sakib.he should have come ahead of shakib.gambhir missed the trick over there.Also Das is playing better than yousuf and Manoj Tiwari.He showed that in delhi match too.Gambhit should show some faith in him too.In current form he is the best in the KKR squad.should bat at 2 or 3

  • Pradeep_Reddy_Billa on April 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    What Shakib did in the last match ? All his fans(Though, no one from outside Bangladesh) was saying he is the world no.1 all rounder on ODI and T20's.Everyone started saying to remove Narine and take Shakib and he will change the fate of the match alone. What happened today? Where is Narine and Where was Shakib? There's a proverb in telugu - There is as much difference to a Fox and World of Naga's (Nagalokam) - The same difference is there bwn these two.

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Gambhir is crying a child which has lost its icecream what has he done to blame the other batsman.He is himself a failure and this is going around calling others a failure this is a good joke.In a T20 game someone from top 3 have to step in and contribute Gambhir is a opener and captain he should take responsibility and play rather than coming here and crying

  • Fazle_Rabbee on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Mr Gambhir has totally ignored the top order failure. While Bisla and Monoj were batting, they allowed the run rate to increase. The shot that Kallis Played was not necessary. No one was looking for single or 2's. When the run rate was around 6 or so, the batsmen were still looking for 4's and 6's. So Gambhir was wrong and the comments that he has made is brutal to the heart of middle order players.

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Drop Yusuf Pathan and get Eoin Morgan. Atleast he is a better fielder. Yusuf Pathan is fast becoming India's answer to Shahid Afridi.... Always carrying the label of "Dangerous" but never delivering..

  • satish619chandar on April 16, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    To be fair, KKR had everything in the bag until the game was over.. There was never any sort of urgency to finish off the game when it was in their hands.. Probably, they lacked experienced finisher to finish off the game in time for them.. Kallis and Gambhir are not batting through these days and leaving it to the middle order.. If this is what they miss, they could well make Bisla to open with Kallis and bring back Gambhir to 3/4.. Have Shakib and 5/6 and allow him more freedom as batsman.. It will spread the experience.. Dropping/resting Yusuf for couple of days might work too.. Shukla is a better batter as on current form than Yusuf..

  • sandy_bangalore on April 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    A classic case of pointing fingers at others instead of oneself!. He is an international flat track bully, and we have seen that time and again, most recently in the series vs Aussies. And then after scoring a 100 against Bangladesh back in his beloved subcontinent pitch, he scowls and rants while raising his bat. Someone totally unfit for captaincy, and is clueless about the role. Learn from the likes of Harbhajan and Ganguly on how to be a proactive captain, and not just have a clueless expression throughout while chewing your nails off!

  • love___cricket on April 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Gambhir is not a captaincy material. He should no way be letting his intention of sacking batsman in media or not even to that respective player personally. This will hamper the player's mind set considerably. Once a player started thinking about his place in the team then he cannot perform well. Rather what any other captain should have done is sack the player who is not performing and convey him why did he sacked him. so that the player will correct it in lesser league and compete for his position again in the main team.

  • on April 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    SRK should ask for his money back from Yusuf Pathan & Gambhir...both of them r big time losers...

  • shohagurp13 on April 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Please change Yusuf Pathan for some of matches, because he is out of form and not fit for play.

  • on April 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Play McCullum as a finisher. Keep Sakib in there for his bowling. Tendo will have to miss out.

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  • on April 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Play McCullum as a finisher. Keep Sakib in there for his bowling. Tendo will have to miss out.

  • shohagurp13 on April 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Please change Yusuf Pathan for some of matches, because he is out of form and not fit for play.

  • on April 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    SRK should ask for his money back from Yusuf Pathan & Gambhir...both of them r big time losers...

  • love___cricket on April 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Gambhir is not a captaincy material. He should no way be letting his intention of sacking batsman in media or not even to that respective player personally. This will hamper the player's mind set considerably. Once a player started thinking about his place in the team then he cannot perform well. Rather what any other captain should have done is sack the player who is not performing and convey him why did he sacked him. so that the player will correct it in lesser league and compete for his position again in the main team.

  • sandy_bangalore on April 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    A classic case of pointing fingers at others instead of oneself!. He is an international flat track bully, and we have seen that time and again, most recently in the series vs Aussies. And then after scoring a 100 against Bangladesh back in his beloved subcontinent pitch, he scowls and rants while raising his bat. Someone totally unfit for captaincy, and is clueless about the role. Learn from the likes of Harbhajan and Ganguly on how to be a proactive captain, and not just have a clueless expression throughout while chewing your nails off!

  • satish619chandar on April 16, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    To be fair, KKR had everything in the bag until the game was over.. There was never any sort of urgency to finish off the game when it was in their hands.. Probably, they lacked experienced finisher to finish off the game in time for them.. Kallis and Gambhir are not batting through these days and leaving it to the middle order.. If this is what they miss, they could well make Bisla to open with Kallis and bring back Gambhir to 3/4.. Have Shakib and 5/6 and allow him more freedom as batsman.. It will spread the experience.. Dropping/resting Yusuf for couple of days might work too.. Shukla is a better batter as on current form than Yusuf..

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Drop Yusuf Pathan and get Eoin Morgan. Atleast he is a better fielder. Yusuf Pathan is fast becoming India's answer to Shahid Afridi.... Always carrying the label of "Dangerous" but never delivering..

  • Fazle_Rabbee on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Mr Gambhir has totally ignored the top order failure. While Bisla and Monoj were batting, they allowed the run rate to increase. The shot that Kallis Played was not necessary. No one was looking for single or 2's. When the run rate was around 6 or so, the batsmen were still looking for 4's and 6's. So Gambhir was wrong and the comments that he has made is brutal to the heart of middle order players.

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Gambhir is crying a child which has lost its icecream what has he done to blame the other batsman.He is himself a failure and this is going around calling others a failure this is a good joke.In a T20 game someone from top 3 have to step in and contribute Gambhir is a opener and captain he should take responsibility and play rather than coming here and crying

  • Pradeep_Reddy_Billa on April 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    What Shakib did in the last match ? All his fans(Though, no one from outside Bangladesh) was saying he is the world no.1 all rounder on ODI and T20's.Everyone started saying to remove Narine and take Shakib and he will change the fate of the match alone. What happened today? Where is Narine and Where was Shakib? There's a proverb in telugu - There is as much difference to a Fox and World of Naga's (Nagalokam) - The same difference is there bwn these two.