Kolkata v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 15, 2013

Morgan made the difference - Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir may have been declared Man of the Match, but the Kolkata Knight Riders captain believed it was Eoin Morgan's busy innings that set up the team's 48-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens.

"We always believed he [Morgan] is a class act," Gambhir said. "We thought of giving him some more time in the middle and thus pushed him up the order. He responded magnificently."

Morgan has scored 114 runs from four matches, which is only behind Gambhir's tally for Knight Riders this year. On Sunday, he was pushed up the order to No. 4 and he joined Jacques Kallis ahead of the out of form Yusuf Pathan after the fall of Gambhir's wicket with the score on 102 for 2.

"We had this thing in our mind to go on with the left hand-right hand combination which has worked for us and looked to do the same in this game as well," Morgan told IPLT20.com. "Jacques is very calm at the crease and I plan to keep it that way as well, which is why we had a lot of sensible talks in the middle. We were quite smart in what we did and it managed to come off which was quite nice."

The two batsmen added 67 runs off 30 balls, with Morgan taking 22 runs off the 18th over bowled by Sunrisers' allrounder Thisara Perera.

"It was one of those occasions were the bowler sort of missed his lengths and I got my way," he said. "It can happen especially here with a short boundary and with the ball coming on to the bat too well. I was glad I could manage to clear the ropes on a few occasions."

This year, Morgan has found a regular spot in the team's starting XI after not getting a game in IPL 2012. "Last year, trying to get into a winning side was very difficult," he said. "I hope I get to play as many games as possible for KKR this year."

Tom Moody, the Sunrisers' coach, laid the blame on his team for allowing Knight Riders to post a big tota. He said Knight Riders were a good side, but not unbeatable.

"Our defensive skills were never as sharp as they can be," Moody said. "It was not a 180 runs wicket but we allowed the hosts to put an imposing total.

"Dhawan's absence is a big setback for us. Without him, our batting is a concern. But I think our overseas batsman need to perform better than they are doing at the moment. We haven't batted as well as we can do."

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  • ladycricfan on April 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Gambhir got a good fifty. But it was Morgan's blitz that took the score beyond SRH reach. Kalis contributed superbly with bat and ball and is my MOM.When Bisla is in form it's good to watch. With two world class spinners in the team, KKR looks unbeatable in their home pitch.

  • Pablo123 on April 15, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    My MOM would have been Kallis. Geez 40 odd off 20 odd and 3 for 15 in 4 overs - can't beat that with just runs.

  • Optic on April 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @ jackiethepen and Gambhir can't do what Morgan did, come in and sky rocket the run rate and clear the boundaries at will. Not sure what you're point is because no one's saying what Gambhir did was irrelevant to the final score, or was easy or a poor innings but it was Morgan's innings that took it from a average score to a very good one. Tbh when I first started reading you're post I thought it was heading to a point about Ian Bell.

    @GRVJPR LOL if it had been an Indian who'd played Morgans' innings it would have turned him into a national celebrity. If you knew even the slightest bit about batting you would know that the shots Morgan plays aren't slogging. Slogging is how Yusuf plays, clearing the front foot and slogging into cow corner. Morgan is excellent at manipulating the field and hitting the ball where fielders aren't, he plays traditional & reverse sweep very well, cover drives, cut's, pulls and hits straight down the ground, you know proper cricket shots.

  • bumsonseats on April 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    GRVJPR get a grip we are talking about T20s his record in all countries where he has played,and will put his record with most of the top world players in this form of cricket.

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @Foddy on (April 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT) Regardless of whether Morgan (or whoever) performs once in a blue moon (as our friend GRVJPR suggests) or does it consisitently is besides the point anyway. MOM should go to whoever was seen to have made the most telling contribution on the day regardless of whether it's a one off performance or a typical consistent performance

  • Prats_82 on April 15, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sunrisers need to have Darren Sammy in the scheme of things and where is J.P. Duminy. Sanga needs a rest. Somehow get a good indian batsman in the scheme of things.Have someone declared injured on paper and get Mohd. Kaif drafted in the team. Was the highest scores in the Mushtaq ali trophy with a strike rate of 118. Not bad. He will stabalise the middle order.

  • Foddy on April 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Yes, totally ridiculous to give MOM to Gambhir! Morgan scored almost the same number of runs at almost double the rate. Kallis also scored significantly faster and dismissed the 3 top scorers very economically. For my money, Kallis or Morgan, but clearly not Gambhir. And GRVJPR's comment about Morgan only coming off once in 20 innings is just plain ignorant - he scored 51 only the innings before last.

  • on April 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    As a Captain i think GG should have given the award or shared the award with Kallis. It would have been a good gesture. Although at such high level it would not have mattered Kallis but it should have been shared.

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT) It's not overrating a foreign player if he (whoever he is) deserves a MOM award. Kallis probably deserved it anyway but Morgan was the player who started to give impetus to the innings

    @jackiethepen on (April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT) Swings and roundabouts there. I'm sure that if a certain opener builds that platform you milk it for all it's worth but if that opener gets out early on then it's because of conditions etc etc. Morgan and Kallis made the difference in this game. No one's saying Gambhir didn't do a job on this occasion but to lift the runrate by 1.5 runs in 5 overs was surely the turning point

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy on (April 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT) Think you're being a little OTT on Sanga , saying that it was him that cost you the game. Fair enough , he's not performing with the bat and his place needs to be looked at but Morgan and Kallis were the difference in the batting. When Morgan came in they were on 102 after 13.4 overs and when he departed (exactly 5 overs later) they were on 169 - so that means they were going at 7.61 when Morgan came in and 9.18 when he departed and 1.4 of the overs he was in were bowled by Steyn. They hit him for 15 which is no mean achievement. Chasing at 9 an over was always likely to be too much esp with 4 of those overs coming from Narine

  • ladycricfan on April 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Gambhir got a good fifty. But it was Morgan's blitz that took the score beyond SRH reach. Kalis contributed superbly with bat and ball and is my MOM.When Bisla is in form it's good to watch. With two world class spinners in the team, KKR looks unbeatable in their home pitch.

  • Pablo123 on April 15, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    My MOM would have been Kallis. Geez 40 odd off 20 odd and 3 for 15 in 4 overs - can't beat that with just runs.

  • Optic on April 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @ jackiethepen and Gambhir can't do what Morgan did, come in and sky rocket the run rate and clear the boundaries at will. Not sure what you're point is because no one's saying what Gambhir did was irrelevant to the final score, or was easy or a poor innings but it was Morgan's innings that took it from a average score to a very good one. Tbh when I first started reading you're post I thought it was heading to a point about Ian Bell.

    @GRVJPR LOL if it had been an Indian who'd played Morgans' innings it would have turned him into a national celebrity. If you knew even the slightest bit about batting you would know that the shots Morgan plays aren't slogging. Slogging is how Yusuf plays, clearing the front foot and slogging into cow corner. Morgan is excellent at manipulating the field and hitting the ball where fielders aren't, he plays traditional & reverse sweep very well, cover drives, cut's, pulls and hits straight down the ground, you know proper cricket shots.

  • bumsonseats on April 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    GRVJPR get a grip we are talking about T20s his record in all countries where he has played,and will put his record with most of the top world players in this form of cricket.

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @Foddy on (April 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT) Regardless of whether Morgan (or whoever) performs once in a blue moon (as our friend GRVJPR suggests) or does it consisitently is besides the point anyway. MOM should go to whoever was seen to have made the most telling contribution on the day regardless of whether it's a one off performance or a typical consistent performance

  • Prats_82 on April 15, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sunrisers need to have Darren Sammy in the scheme of things and where is J.P. Duminy. Sanga needs a rest. Somehow get a good indian batsman in the scheme of things.Have someone declared injured on paper and get Mohd. Kaif drafted in the team. Was the highest scores in the Mushtaq ali trophy with a strike rate of 118. Not bad. He will stabalise the middle order.

  • Foddy on April 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Yes, totally ridiculous to give MOM to Gambhir! Morgan scored almost the same number of runs at almost double the rate. Kallis also scored significantly faster and dismissed the 3 top scorers very economically. For my money, Kallis or Morgan, but clearly not Gambhir. And GRVJPR's comment about Morgan only coming off once in 20 innings is just plain ignorant - he scored 51 only the innings before last.

  • on April 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    As a Captain i think GG should have given the award or shared the award with Kallis. It would have been a good gesture. Although at such high level it would not have mattered Kallis but it should have been shared.

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT) It's not overrating a foreign player if he (whoever he is) deserves a MOM award. Kallis probably deserved it anyway but Morgan was the player who started to give impetus to the innings

    @jackiethepen on (April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT) Swings and roundabouts there. I'm sure that if a certain opener builds that platform you milk it for all it's worth but if that opener gets out early on then it's because of conditions etc etc. Morgan and Kallis made the difference in this game. No one's saying Gambhir didn't do a job on this occasion but to lift the runrate by 1.5 runs in 5 overs was surely the turning point

  • JG2704 on April 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy on (April 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT) Think you're being a little OTT on Sanga , saying that it was him that cost you the game. Fair enough , he's not performing with the bat and his place needs to be looked at but Morgan and Kallis were the difference in the batting. When Morgan came in they were on 102 after 13.4 overs and when he departed (exactly 5 overs later) they were on 169 - so that means they were going at 7.61 when Morgan came in and 9.18 when he departed and 1.4 of the overs he was in were bowled by Steyn. They hit him for 15 which is no mean achievement. Chasing at 9 an over was always likely to be too much esp with 4 of those overs coming from Narine

  • GRVJPR on April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    MOM to gambhir was right decison . Too much of overrating of foreign players being done in this IPL. Also give yusuf chance up the order (who has 2 international ODI centuries in South Africa against steyn when allowed to bat up), Morgna is a slogger who comes good once in a while.

  • jackiethepen on April 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Gambhir opened the innings and put on a good fifty. That is the platform. I wish fans would understand the importance of the platform. Without it Morgan and Kallis could not have attacked the way that they did. All the limelight goes to them because of their tremendous SR in those overs. But that is t20. Not losing wickets too early is crucial. The hard work had already been done which allowed Morgan to play his game. What Morgan can't do is open. Each to his own.

  • GRVJPR on April 15, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    So finally Morgan's slog come off. He comes off once in 20 innings. Time to throw him out. He can only score in low slow tracks in calcutta. Just give him couple of bouncers and he will start playing his favorite reverse sweep and get himself out. Averages just 12 in ODI series in India.

  • srdoc on April 15, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Parthiv dont have capacity to force the innings. Sangakkara has more failures than innings worth to note. Y cant have simply an oversees player for captaincy sake. Till Shikar Dhawan returns the best combination for Sunrisers would be Quinton De kock, Akshat Reddy (Shikar Dhawan), White(captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), Thesara Perera/Darren Sammy, Hanuma Vihari, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, and one bowler from the team who suits best for the pitch. This combination though not intimidating will definitely fire. come on SRH take a leaf out of this....

  • Edassery on April 15, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @Chris Campling, you are right. I am shocked that despite making crucial 41 runs at a SR of 150+ and taking 3 wickets with an economy of 3.25, he's not given the MoM yesterday! Is it some sort of politics or what?

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Jacques Kallis not winning an MoM award despite making the major contribution? Story of his life. It's only recently that the rest of the world has recognised what South Africans have known for more than a decade - that Jacques Henry is an extraordinary cricketer, and cricket will miss him terribly when he finally runs out of puff (saying that, though, I would have given the award to Morgan)

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    It's an Indian tournament so Indians should be mom always even if the performance is not that great. Kallis is my mom for his alround contribution.

  • BellCurve on April 15, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Second observation is that Parthiv Patel is just not good enough. He has an IPL batting average of 19 and SR of 109. That is very poor. It's time for the Sunrisers to replace him with Quiten De Kock.

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    KKR doesn't have one single Indian batsman, apart from Gambhir, who can score at brisk pace consistently. They should have released Yousuf Pathan this year. Someone like Yuvraj/Karthik would have fitted nicely (yes not available this year but next year!). Manoj will just work as a back up to Kallis. Shukla in most matches remains unused. Since they don't have an in form indian hard hitter in the middle or late order, it opens the door to Shakib who can change the game quite quickly. Shakib will be the match winner in 25%-30% time, but can't be a wicket taking spinner like Narine consistently. I hope KKR gets their balance right next year. This year Chennai is still the most balanced team. Even with an off-form Ponting, Mumbai looks very good and is in safe hands.

    KKR's chance to remain in the top two, actually depends on Yousuf and Bisla. Bisla can't do it every year!

  • BellCurve on April 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    It's absolutely crazy that Gambhir got MotM. 53 runs with a SR of 117 compared to Kallis' 41 at a SR of 153 and 3 wickets (all top order batsman) for 13 runs in 4 overs. Kallis deserves MotM for his bowling performance alone.

  • mrgupta on April 15, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Man of the Match to Gambhir? Can't believe it!! Kallis deserves it for his bowling alone, 4 overs for 13 runs and 3 wickets!! add to that more than a run a ball 41. Is a half century sufficient for getting a MOM?

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Real Class from Morgan.. Appreciate Gambhir for accepting that he didn't steel the show.. Glad he realized at least now that Moggy is a class act..

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    The difference is not Morgan,,, but Mr. Sangakkara is the difference. If SRH has any other overseas player then SRH would have done for more better than now. Mr. Sanga is out of form, and he need rest badly.

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Nicely played he gets more and more better as tournament progress. sometime he can be one man army. nice to see him on this kind of form in IPL.

  • on April 15, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Morgan played really well in the last with Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • highveldhillbilly on April 15, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    How did Kallis not get the MoM award? 41 runs, 3 for 13 including both openers? Madness. Or at least give it to Morgan, but Gambhir???

  • on April 15, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Morgan is a class act.. he should definately get a regular spot.

  • Mahesh4811 on April 15, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    He's the only thing good in KKR alongside kallis.

  • maheshwar_reddy on April 15, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Morgan deserves Man of the Match award

  • maheshwar_reddy on April 15, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Morgan deserves Man of the Match award

  • Mahesh4811 on April 15, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    He's the only thing good in KKR alongside kallis.

  • on April 15, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Morgan is a class act.. he should definately get a regular spot.

  • highveldhillbilly on April 15, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    How did Kallis not get the MoM award? 41 runs, 3 for 13 including both openers? Madness. Or at least give it to Morgan, but Gambhir???

  • on April 15, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Morgan played really well in the last with Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Nicely played he gets more and more better as tournament progress. sometime he can be one man army. nice to see him on this kind of form in IPL.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    The difference is not Morgan,,, but Mr. Sangakkara is the difference. If SRH has any other overseas player then SRH would have done for more better than now. Mr. Sanga is out of form, and he need rest badly.

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Real Class from Morgan.. Appreciate Gambhir for accepting that he didn't steel the show.. Glad he realized at least now that Moggy is a class act..

  • mrgupta on April 15, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Man of the Match to Gambhir? Can't believe it!! Kallis deserves it for his bowling alone, 4 overs for 13 runs and 3 wickets!! add to that more than a run a ball 41. Is a half century sufficient for getting a MOM?

  • BellCurve on April 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    It's absolutely crazy that Gambhir got MotM. 53 runs with a SR of 117 compared to Kallis' 41 at a SR of 153 and 3 wickets (all top order batsman) for 13 runs in 4 overs. Kallis deserves MotM for his bowling performance alone.