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May 8, 2012
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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