New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) As Kolkata Knight Riders climbed the leaderboard, skipper Gautam Gambhir said the team still has a long way to go in the tournament and they needed to play well to secure a berth in the play-offs.
Knight Riders went top of the table Monday night with a convincing six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils, thereby extending their winning streak to six games.
“There’s still a long way to go, we have to play each game as it comes rather than being complacent. We’ve got great quality in the dressing room. Important thing is we keep playing well as a unit,” Gambhir told reporters here.
On his own performance, Gambhir said: “I have been fortunate, I have hit the ball well. Sometimes you need to be aggressive and pass that on to the others. We go out there to win and not just compete.”
Gambhir praised Brendon McCullum, who scored 56 off 44 balls to take Kolkata to victory, and quashed claims of him being out of form.
“For us every game is tough and every game is important. McCullum has always been in form, he has been hitting the ball very well and that is very important to our team. Even in the last match he did really well and both of us had a great partnership. He’s a key player and I hope he keeps doing well,” he said.
Daredevils all-rounder Irfan Pathan lamented his side’s performance and blamed the early loss of wickets for the team’s downfall.
“We didn’t have enough runs on the board, we lost two early wickets and that put us on the back-foot. When Kevin (Pietersen) was there and he was performing very well. Today we needed someone to put their hands up but it just wasn’t our day. We could have scored 160 plus but that wasn’t the case,” he said.
Pathan, who hit 36 off 22 to propel Delhi to a fighting total of 153 for nine, said that complacency had not kicked in.
“There is no complacency or anything like that, we put ourselves under pressure ever game to perform well and by doing that we maintain a high level of intensity. When you didn’t win people ask questions. We try to win every game possible.
“We wanted to beat Knight Riders because we might play them again in the play-offs. More than any other game we wanted to win this game. No one made a big score and that probably cost us big time. We could have bowled better as well, it just wasn’t a good day for us. We want to make sure we keep our momentum going. Our preparation was great we had a lot of time but we just didn’t play well,” he said.
Asked about Ross Taylor’s poor form, Irfan said that it was just a matter of time before the New Zealander came back to his best.
“Ross Taylor is a great batsman, once he starts firing he’s the one to watch out for. He can clear the boundary easily. The more matches he plays the better he will get,” he concluded.