Gautam Gambhir in action during the KKR vs KXIP clash    BCCI
Gautam Gambhir in action during the KKR vs KXIP clash BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir says he is yet to make peace with the defeat to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match No. 49 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Chasing 168 to win, Kolkata Knight Riders fell short by 14 runs despite Chris Lynn playing a splendid innings. Lynn waged a lone battle in the clash, scoring 84 off 52 balls with the help of 8 fours and 3 sixes, and his effort went in vain. Gambhir fell for an 18-ball 8, Robin Uthappa was dismissed for a first-ball duck and the rest of the KKR batsmen fell without putting up any resistance. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10 Match 49

Gambhir expressed in a column in Hindustan Times, Even after almost 24 hours, I haven t been able to make peace with our loss to Kings XI Punjab. It is one thing losing but another if you lose a game that you should have won easily, and in our case we played poorly. It seemed to me that while victory was knocking on the front door, we were all busy welcoming defeat from the back. To make clear the reasons, I d begin with myself. My failure to rotate strike and ending up with plenty of dot balls against my name impacted our progress. After a point, desperation got the better of me. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10 Match 49

He added, I was like a CEO who had fallen short of results in first three quarters. To make amends in the final one, the desperate CEO rides on further risks, plunging the organisation further. Instead of looking to rotate strike and put Chris Lynn in charge, I kept thinking boundaries and ended up nowhere with just eight runs off 18 balls.

Reading more into KKR s reason for defeat to Kings XI Punjab, Gambhir elaborated, My failure followed by Robin getting out first ball and Manish Pandey having an off day meant the pressure was on Chris Lynn. I think after a point he couldn t figure out whether to go big or be conservative. The run-rate was rising but wasn t too demanding at the time. I could see dejection in Robin s eyes when he came off the field.

“The disappointment was so deep that even while seated next to each other on the breakfast table, we didn t speak. Even his wife Sheetal, who is usually vivacious, concentrated on her dosa, rather than have a chat. Everyone seemed to be stung by what happened against Punjab, Gambhir revealed.

The KKR captain, however, also defended his batsmen who have helped register in a few thoroughly dominating wins so far. On hindsight, some can fault our batting order too. On a slow pitch was there a case for me partnering Lynn to open the batting? May be, may be not. There s a view that Robin and Manish are coming in a little too late due to Sunil and Lynn opening. At times it is tough for batsmen to come in and start hitting from ball one, Gambhir said.

Gambhir did not shy away from praising the Kings XI Punjab bowlers, who got their act together and clinched a memorable win for their team. Kings XI bowlers deserve unabashed praise. They made the target a lot bigger than what it was. Spinners Akshar Patel and Rahul Tewatia bowled with the accuracy of a Google map. We know what Akshar can do but Tewatia was a real champion for his team. He varied his pace, line and flight. A wrist spinner finds it hard to tame accuracy but looks like Tewatia bowled with a GPS tracker, wrote Gambhir, drawing some strange anomalies.

Gambhir added, The Sharmas Sandeep and Mohit were brilliant too. Mohit used the knuckle-ball really well. It is one thing mastering a variation, but another timing its use. The knuckle-ball is something cricket has borrowed from baseball, but is tough to master. In baseball, the variation is used by a pitcher from a stationary position. Cricketers like Mohit deserve credit for putting this variation into practice while running in at full speed.

Gambhir compared his different moods after wins and defeats with the advertisement billboards around the Kolkata city. It is funny how a human mind interprets situations. On the way from Kolkata airport to our hotel, there are quite a few billboards with me and my KKR team mates. When we win, I look at my most glum-looking face on the billboard and tell myself, nice pic Gauti, good intensity . After a loss when I look at even the most pleasing picture my mind says, come on Gauti, that s so fake . Saturday is our last game in Kolkata. I hope on Sunday when we go to the airport, I absolutely adore even the most dreadful picture of mine beaming from those hoardings, he concluded.