The Kolkata Knight Riders after a decent start to their campaign have fallen to a couple of below-par results and now see themselves in the 4th place in the points table.
They face RCB in the next game and it may have come too quickly after the humiliating defeat against the Delhi Daredevils just a few days before.
And Gautam Gambhir, the skipper of the KKR side accepted responsibility for the defeat and opened up about the DD side in a column he wrote for the Hindustantimes.
The former Indian opener accepted the blame for the recent defeats and apologized for the fans and his team mates for his team selections.
“I must admit that I am doing too much chopping and changing in our eleven. I think that needs to be curtailed and we need a more settled combination. Sorry, it is my fault,” Gambhir wrote in the column.
He went on to explain how Delhi were able to get a mammoth score of 186 after losing two wickets in the first over. Gambhir compared the game to luncheon in Kolkata where he pointed out that the KKR squad acted as hosts while the Daredevils feasted in their home town.
“What hurt me most was that they didn’t seem to break a sweat while doing this (scoring 186). Instead, it seemed they had walked into an all-expenses paid dinner buffet and were helping themselves to their fill,” Gambhir added.
The 34-year old was all praises for his former international team-mate Zaheer Khan.
The Delhi skipper has been superb in the IPL so far and there are rumors that he might be awarded a place in the national squad as a coach of the team and Gambhir revealed that if Zak is interested, India will not have to look far.
“I agree, although I am not sure whether Zak will be overall coach or bowling coach. The man is full of knowledge and skill.”
“I have known Zak for long to declare that his skills with the ball are par excellence. The way he chokes his victims is exemplary. I am not sure if he is keen given his other engagements, but I won’t look too far if he is interested in the coach’s job,” Gambhir wrote in his column.
He also added that Zaheer Khan has a wealth of knowledge and experience and that the fact that the fast bowler loves to be away from the spotlight will give the Indian national team plenty of positives.
Gambhir also wrote about the ‘Skill India’ campaign launched last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This campaign, when started, targeted training over 40 crore people and Gambhir felt that it has already had its impact on the Delhi Daredevils side who have ‘Skill India’ as one of their sponsors.
“I browsed their website and it seems the initiative is making the right noises,” Gambhir said about the Skill India initiative.
“I am not sure how Skill India is progressing but the team they are sponsoring displayed a bundle of skill sets against us on Saturday,” he added talking about the ease with which Delhi overpowered the KKR.
KKR are set for a crunch battle with the Bangalore outfit away from home on Monday and Gambhir felt that this will be a bigger test than against Delhi on Monday.
He wrote, “If Delhi were high on skill quotient, RCB with AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson and Chris Gayle are a warehouse of talent.”
To finish off, the 34-year old recollected a saying that might help him and his team back to winning ways.
He finished his column with the saying, ‘When in doubt, bring the basics out.’