Pune v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Pune May 10, 2013

Ten Doeschate changed the game - Gambhir

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ryan ten Doeschate, playing his first game of the IPL season, changed the course of Kolkata Knight Riders' game against Pune Warriors, according to his captain Gautam Gambhir. Ten Doeschate, the Netherlands allrounder, arrived at the crease at 75 for 3 in the 12th over and hit 31 off 21 deliveries to lift Knight Riders to 152 for 6 on a difficult Pune pitch.

"Ryan was the man who changed the course of the tie," Gambhir said. "Before he came to bat, we were expecting to score around 130 runs. Playing his first match, Ryan did a wonderful job in the death overs. He is the real hero."

It was only the fifth win in 13 games for Knight Riders, the defending champions. Ten Doeschate had to sit out their campaign so far, but did not feel after his performance that he was the missing link in the line-up. "No, I wouldn't say that," ten Doeschate told the IPL website. "There are obviously a lot of good international players here. Like when I come in, a quality player like Ryan McLaren has to sit out. So you have got to wait your turn. And that is probably one of the toughest things you have to do, as you have got to stay fresh and stay ready. That is the hard part about being in a group of eight or nine good overseas guys like in KKR."

While Gambhir was "happy and relieved" with the win, he said Knight Riders were capable of doing much better. Ten Doeschate agreed with his captain. "I don't think we have done particularly badly this year," ten Doeschate said. "I just don't think we have won crucial moments of the game. However, we have certainly channeled the pressure of being defending champions into a way that would work out for us this year."

Gambhir again backed his misfiring batsman Yusuf Pathan, who had another failure, making 3 off 6 after coming in at 90 for 4 in the 15th over. "It is disappointing that Yusuf is not getting runs," Gambhir said. "I believe he is more disappointed than all of us. After all, he is an impact player. I am sure he will return to form in the coming matches of the tournament."

Warriors captain Aaron Finch said his batsmen were "really disappointing" after they were dismissed for 106, with only Angelo Mathews and Robin Uthappa managing double-digit scores. "150 was a difficult score to chase on this wicket and we had not batted very intelligently either," Finch said. "We knew that Sunil Narine was going to bowl a few overs towards the end of the innings. And so we needed to cash in on the first six overs and put up as many runs as possible and get ahead in the run-rate. I believe we should have applied ourselves a bit more. We have really let ourselves down."

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  • Naresh on May 13, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @ThilankaK, I disagree with you on Rohit to captaining Indian team T20 & ODI. We should not decide based on the IPL performance. You can't replace Kohli by anyone in ODI format. Kohli is 10 times better than Rohit. Rohit is IPL specialist and it is very difficult for him to keep the position in International matches. Actually the problem is, the commentators makes unnecessary comments such as "He is very talented when Rohit hits a boundary and in next couple of runs, he will walks back to the dougout". And another problem is, few worst cameramen they always record Kohli's expressions alone. I have seen many Indian players play IPL with much interest but not internationals. How many matches did Rohit lead the Indian team to win in ODI? He is nowhere when comparing with Kohli.

  • Srinivas on May 10, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @ Yogi108...spot on bro!!! Well said.

    GG, YP, Kallis are spent forces. Wonder where they end up in next auction!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Tendo and Shakib was the key foreign players last year for KKR and GG a d the mgmt keep playing non performers that cost them dearly.

  • siddhartha on May 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @gagg agreed with you McCullum is currently rank 1 in international t20 rankings.While Morgan is at rank 10.It's shame that worlds best t20 batsman was in bench in most of the matches. However i like Morgan too.Probably playing both in playing XI was the best option.Sadly McCullum is in England now captaining the kiwis. Although i am against dropping Kallis.His bowling in this IPL has been exceptional.

    The playing XI should have been- 1. Gambhir 2.Bisla 3.Kallis 4. McCullum 5.Morgan 6.Tiwari 7 .Pathan 8.Bhatia 9.Narine 10.Balaji 11.Shami Ahmed

  • Clean on May 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    YK Pathan is SRK's pet. You can slog your way into International Cricket but you can't stay by keep doing the same. Others have figured you out.

    The domestic bowlers in the KKR team are good enough for IPL. Only Sunil Narine should be used as a foreign bowler as he has proven to be a match winner. KKR needs a silid batting line up. GG made a mistake by keeping TenD out for so long.

    Narine, Kallis, Morgan, Tendo/McCullum Lee should have be the choice of foreign players from the start of this IPL. TenD can also bowl.

    Disappointed with KKR Team selection this year.

  • Javed on May 10, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I fully agree with Ghambir, I had hoped tendo would have gotten a place ahead of Maclaren the last game as well. As for pathan.. i think he needs to go back to cricket acadamy his weakness to short balls and swinging balls are too well known for him to be as effective. His weaknesses are similar to other impact players like kieron pollard and to a lesser extent chirs gayle. However his mindset is extremely different, as soon as thos bowlers come on he enters a shell and plays timidly off the back foot which means he loses his wicket before the over starts.

  • Garry on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    siddhartha87 no McCullum should of played in Morgans place, you bat McCullum at number 4-5 with a free license and he will make Morgan look like a snail more times than not.

  • Thilanka on May 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Teams Captain should be ; CSK - MSD , RR - Rahul , MI - Rohit ( should captain for Indian T20 & ODI ) , RCB - AB D , SRH - Sammy , KXI - Gilly , KKR - Mcullam , DD - Mahela , PWI - Taylor

  • siddhartha on May 10, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I guess McLearn so far was getting preference as he is the better bowler among the two.Even a player like B.McCullum has been sitting out mostly as rules allows only 4 foreign players. Kallis,Morgan,Narine always takes 3 places. It's difficult to chose between players like McLearn,RTD and McCullum.All of them are potential match winners.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on May 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I was telling this for years .........include Tendo in the side & drop kallis.......finally they have included Tendo now drop Kallis and play any other player........ the team is bound to do well...........

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