Kolkata, Apr 16: Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Gautam Gambhir, has warned the team of making drastic changes if seniors fail to perform after his side failed to chase a modest 135 as they lost to Kings XI Punjab by two runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
Sunil Narine's 5/19 helped Kolkata Knight Riders to restrict Gilchrist's men to a modest 134/9. After a fantastic bowling performance, everyone expected KKR to put up a good show as they have world class batsmen, but the star-studded batting line-up faltered yet again, as KKR finished at 132/7 in their allotted 20 overs as Kings XI won by 2 runs.
During the post-match conference, Gambhir warned his team mates and was highly critical of his batsmen as they had failed to chase a modest total
"How can I say in a press conference that I am happy with their form. I've some experienced players and they need to take up responsibility. Otherwise there would be the need to take some strong and drastic decisions," Gambhir said
"I am obviously pretty disappointed with the performance. The way we started in the first six overs, we should have chased it down. But it's a worrying sign if you end up losing these kind of games."
Yusuf Pathan's form has added more worries to the thinktank, as Gambhir is hoping the allrounder hits form soon.
"He needs to deliver to be very honest. He just can't keep playing these kind of shots. He is an important player for us. Hope he can get back to runs as soon as possible. I've lot of faith in him. He is a big match player. Hopefully he can end up winning a couple of games which is very important for us."
After coming in hardly at the batsmen for their inability to chase a modest total, the skipper lauded his bowlers for their effort to restrict Gilchrist's men to 134/9.
"The way we restricted them to 134 for nine was a nice effort. I could not have asked for more. It was a fantastic effort. I can't really say it was a poor day. We played well in patches."
While Gambhir is optimistic of team's chances against the same opposition when they play at Mohali on April 18.
"It's still a long way to go. We need to get the momentum back. Hopefully we can try and win our away game (against Punjab on April 18) and carry the momentum to Cuttack (against Deccan Chargers on April 22).
Though the track offered at Eden Gardens was not that condusive for batting, Gambhir said it was a good wicket.
"I've said again and again that let's not talk about wickets. The green wicket on which Kings XI got their win in the previous match was not a good T20 wicket either.
"I feel it was a very good wicket to bat on. Ball was coming on nicely to the bat. It (the loss) has nothing to do with the wicket."