Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Gautam Gambhir defends Indian bowlers after poor outing in first ODI against England

Gautam Gambhir defends Indian bowlers after poor outing in first ODI against England

Gautam Gambhir scored a fluent 52 in the first ODI at Rajkot, but his effort went in vain as India lost the game by nine runs © PTI

By R Eswar
 
Kochi: Jan 14, 2013

Opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday backed the under-fire Indian bowlers, saying they alone cannot be blamed for defeats and the responsibility of a result lies with all the 11 players of the side.
 
India had very expensive last two overs in the Rajkot ODI, where England scored a huge 325 runs and won the match by nine runs.
 
However, Gambhir said it would be wrong to paint the bowlers as villain as the side prepares for the second ODI.
 
“Only bowlers don’t win the match for you. All the 11 players that get on to the field have to do it for you.  Whenever the batsmen don’t do well, bowlers cover up for them and vice versa. I don’t believe in blaming one area of the game. I think the bowlers are putting in all the hard work, and the way they won the match for us against Pakistan (in Delhi) was commendable,” Gambhir said.
 
“There has been just one match in this series, and unfortunately the problem here is after every defeat we start talking about form. That’s not the way to look at it, we have to look at a broader picture,” the left-handed batsmen said.
 
Gambhir said there was no need to be harsh on gangly paceman Ishant Sharma and argued that the England bowlers too struggled in the first game.
 
“I think he has done well in the three matches against Pakistan coming back after such a long time. It’s just the last game that things didn’t go his way. But he is working hard and he has been bowling really well and the results are there for you to see.
 
“If England scored 325, we managed to score 316. So there wasn’t much difference between their bowlers and our bowlers.”  
 
Gambhir, who scored 52 in Rajkot, said good starts have to be converted into big ones but said they were chasing such a huge total in the first match that they could not avoid playing good shots even in the middle-overs.
 
“You can’t say as an opener you have to do this and that, we contribute as a team, we play as a team. I think I started off well and one thing is once you get a start you need to continue and get a big one. If one of us had got a big one, results would have been different.
 
“When you are chasing 325, you have to score at a decent run rate. It’s not like you have plenty of time and keep playing. So ultimately you have to take your chances even in the middle overs. We got four half-centuries in the last match and no one could carry on, if one of us had carried on till 40th over, it could have been different story,” he said.
 
Gambhir also said that media should restrain itself from putting pressure on youngsters such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
“Just let him be what he is. Don’t start tagging him as an all-rounder and people will start talking that he should work on his batting. He is bowling well and if he contributes with the bat as well, it’s going to be a bonus for us.
 
“You can’t expect Bhuvneshwar coming in at 8 or 9 and score runs, because it’s our job to score runs. It’s not his responsibility. Let’s leave him free and hopefully he will shape up well,” he asserted.
 
Gambhir said it was important for India to not go 0-2 in the series, but they would not put themselves under any pressure by thinking much about the result.
 
“If we go out there and play up to our potential we are a very dangerous side in our conditions.”
 
The opener said the Kochi wicket was almost like Rajkot. But since the outfield is not that quick, it may not be a high scoring game.
 
 

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 7: Glenn Maxwell motivated by criticism from Australian coach Darren Lehmann

IPL 2014: Lakshmipathy Balaji believes sticking to basics is very important

IPL 7: Mohit Sharma happy to bowl alongside Ben Hilfenhaus and Ashish Nehra

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Aamir Khan appeals everyone to vote

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Tens of thousands gather for Modi nomination

Police raids BJP leader Giriraj Singh’s home to arrest him

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Varun Dhawan, happy birthday!

IPL 7: Mohit Sharma happy to bowl alongside Ben Hilfenhaus and Ashish Nehra

Also on cricketcountry.com