Gautam Gambhir’s homecoming did not quite go according to plan as Delhi Daredevils succumbed to a rather humiliating 71 run loss to KKR at the Eden Gardens.
Riding on that famous win against MI at the Wankhede, Gambhir and DD would have been gunning for another away win, however a Rana-Russell show in the first innings followed by that inspired spell from the KKR spinners meant that Delhi’s ‘high’ was tinkered with.
For KKR though, this is a welcome win after two tough losses against CSK and SRH. Dinesh Karthik was put under the pump for his captaincy in the previous two games but he was spot on today and would relish the clarity that is being engraved into his system.
Gambhir was disappointed with the result but was happy with the efforts of his boys. He hopes that they can turn the tables against RCB and then have some momentum on their side with a string of home games.
“We have to give it to KKR, they played really well. One stage we thought they couldn’t get 170-175 but then getting to 200 was a good effort by them. We knew it was going to be a stiff chase as they have three quality spinners. I thought we tried our level best but we couldn’t execute the plans well. Someone like Russell when he starts to take on the bowlers it’s difficult to contain him. We even tried bowling from round the wicket. We had difficult plans but it was difficult to execute the plans. Lot of balls we bowled into his radar. It’s important for us to win the games at home, there are about 5 of them we’re playing at home. The next game is important us if we can take a win. If we get a win in Bangalore the confidence will be better. We still need to win 10 games, there are lot of games.” Gambhir said in the post match presentation.