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

Not happy with form of middle order- Gambhir

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I doubt abilities of Gautam Gambhir as a 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...

  • Dummy4 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 i will say if needed do promote shakib to postion 4 or 5...

  • Saif 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

  • Anik 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

  • Yasser 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.

  • Ashish 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.

  • Dummy4 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 hasan 8.r.bhatia 9.i.abdulla 10.balaji 11.b.lee

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Luke on April 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    they need morgan in for tendo

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