Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Delhi May 8, 2012

No room for complacency - Gambhir

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said there will be no room for complacency after his side beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets on Monday to claim the top spot in the points table.

"As long as I lead KKR there will never be any complacency, as every game is as important as the first game or the final," Gambhir, who has has led Knight Riders to eight wins from 11 matches, said. "We play Mumbai Indians twice, then Chennai and Pune, so the important thing is to keep winning games. It's important to play as a unit. If we play like we have been playing then the results will go in our favour. "

Knight Riders' bowlers put on an impressive show on Monday, with Jacques Kallis dismissing Virender Sehwag and David Warner early. Rajat Bhatia and Sunil Narine then choked the run-rate in the middle of the innings. "It's not only about Sunil Narine," Gambhir said. "He can only bowl four overs in a T20 game but the other 16 overs matter. Brett Lee, Rajat are the unsung heroes. Sunil can only bowl four overs, those are important but we need to have other people who can complement Sunil, so credit goes to the whole bowling department."

Gambhir and Brendon McCullum led Knight Riders' chase with their fourth fifty-plus partnership in six innings'. "I was hitting the ball well and had no intention of being aggressive. Whenever I looked to hit, it was going off the middle. When you're playing well you don't need to be aggressive, you just need to keep your shape and watch the ball."

"(McCullum) has been hitting the ball well. Even in the last game he got 42 and we had a hundred-runs partnership. That is more important rather than individual scores. He was always a key player and hopefully he keeps batting this way."

Gambhir, who has scored 457 runs from 11 innings, said the onus was on him and Kallis to adapt their game to the match situation. "If someone has to change their game, it should be Kallis or me. We don't want McCullum or Yusuf Pathan to change their game. It's our responsibility because we are the experienced players," Gambhir said. "You don't want them to stop playing their natural game."

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  • Jawwad on May 9, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Doing well but would've been better had the world's NO.1 ALL-ROUNDER been playing! Who knows when KKR will learn how to treat someone like SHAKIB! Had he'd been given the opportunity as much as MCCULLUM he surely would've delivered much more!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Gambhir is one of the biggest unsung hero of India..he really doesnt get enough credit for what he has done in his career so far, a solid ODI and test average with a good strike rate and some wonderful innings under pressure..he was the top scorer in both the World Cup final India won (T20 world cup in 2007 and ODI world cup in 2011). Its time he gets the credit he deserve. Hope he is made the captain for the Indian T20 team

  • Satish on May 9, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Gambhir's form is the4 best thing to happen for Kolkata.. They would like any one of their middle order in Tiwary, Yusuf or Shukla to get into some form in case they go to the playoff's which looks almost certain.. The bowling of Iqbal and Bhatia is a great bonus and in fact, it reduces around 20 runs (which other teams often leak with local bowlers) which hides their weakness in middle order batting..

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Mcculam or Gambhir ..who is more experienced player?

  • Srinivas on May 9, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Jai Ho Gambhir! Very well said.

  • Santhosh on May 8, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Law of averages should be catching up with Gambhir pretty soon and I hope the middle order rises upto the situation. He has led from the front and KKR deserve to be in this position courtersy their captain to some extent. Hope the good work continues..good luck.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Complacency - the word Gauti has used many a times in his presentations.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Wise talk.. I don't understand why he can execute the same skills (although as a non-captain player) in the matches he plays for India... whatever excitement this IPL drama could bring in... we can't forget the horrible series in England and Australia!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Fantastic....Excellent leaadership and very insightful comments. And great to see fellow WI getting the recognition he deserves. Anyway, KKR should be wary of Narine Vs. Pollard as they play together in Trinidad and Pollard may have figured out a thing or two about Sunil's bowling. Probably have Kallis and Lee go at Pollard instead of Narine.

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