RCB bowlers used home conditions to their best: Gambhir

Gambhir said it did not work the way that they had wanted it to AFP

Bengaluru: May 15, 2011

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir today admitted that Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers had used the home conditions at the M Chinnaswamy stadium wicket better than his side’s in their four-wicket defeat in the Indian Premier League match here.

“The wicket was spongy to begin with and the ball stopped a bit. Charl Langeveldt bowled in good areas. We can’t take that away from their bowlers,” said Gambhir at the post-match press conference.

Gambhir said he had hoped to get a par score, but it did not work the way that they had wanted it to as they lost three early wickets after being invited to bat by Virat Kohli.

“We always look at keeping wickets in hand. That is what we believe in. And I feel we looked good to get 150-155. The rain interruption set us back, but the weather is not under our control,” he said.

“I think there are some positives to take from this game, like we stretched it to the final over. We need one win from two games and that?s all I will be telling the team,” he added.

Talking about Chris Gayle’s blistering knock, Gambhir said, “We had plans for him and we just concentrated on executing them. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.”

Asked why the visibly limping Saurabh Tiwary was denied a runner, Gambhir said, “It is not in my hands. I had nothing to do with it. You will have to ask the umpires what they based their decision on.”

Named captain of the Indian T20 and ODI squads for the West Indies tour, Gambhir felt there was a lot of talent which would help India do well in the series.

“There is a lot of talent in the side. Yes, Sachin, Viru, Zaheer and Dhoni will be missed. But we can still do well,” said Gambhir.