IPL 2016: Don’t write off Kolkata Knight Riders after one defeat, warns Gautam Gambhir

first_imgCaptain Gautam Gambhir said Kolkata Knight Riders’ defeat against Mumbai Indians will hold no significance when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next Indian Premier League match on Saturday.Gambhir on Friday expressed confidence that his side can put up an impressive performance against Hyderabad.”One game… you cannot judge a team just by one game. I think we were very convincing in the first game. Obviously, we could not defend 187. Sometimes, you need to give opposition credit as well. Mumbai played really smart cricket. They chased the target very well,” Gambhir said.”I think they were very measured in their approach. They did not go really hard throughout the 20 overs. Rohit Sharma anchored the innings. You got to give credit to the opposition as well,” he said.KKR pulled off a superb win against Delhi Daredevils, but lost badly to MI in their next game at the Eden Gardens.”As I said, we are a quality side. We got quality bowling attack. If we can put that kind of runs on the board, most of the time, we will end up defending it. There is still a long way to go,” Gambhir said.On whether KKR will play West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine against the Lions, Gambhir said the team management is yet to take the final call.”I have not thought about it. We will sit down tomorrow and see how it goes. Obviously, that is an option. That is an option, any captain would want to have, especially playing (Broad) Hogg and Sunil together. It is quality, not only quality, attacking bowling as well where you can take wickets. It’s an option and a great option to have,” he said.advertisementAsked about Jacques Kallis coaching KKR, Gambhir said: “It’s a natural transition for Kallis to don the new role.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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