Gautam Gambhir has warned the rest of the IPL that his Kolkata Knight Riders team is capable of chasing down any target. The KKR team are on a roll as their recent performances have made them one of the favorites to lift the trophy as a confident Gambhir sends a fair warning to all the teams in the IPL.
Gambhir said this after his team chased down a big target set by the Rising Pune Super Giants team. KKR needed to chase down Pune’s 182 runs which they did so quite comfortably.
“I thought we are a good chasing side and we are confident of chasing anything. Restricting the opposition to 180 was terrific and the credit needs to go to the bowlers,” said Gambhir after registering their sixth win out of eight games in this IPL.
“It’s good to keep contributing, I keep saying Orange Cap does not matter if you don’t have points as a team. But it is good to score runs and when you are, score as much as you can,” the KKR skipper said.
Robin Uthappa was in sparkling form as he scored a superb 87 off just 47 deliveries. He says his aim is to try and reach the standard that MS Dhoni has set for the wicket keeper batsmen all over the world.
“I’ve always been strong. I have a lot of faith in what I’m doing. I’m really confident and I’m enjoying myself out there,” he said.
“I am enjoying my keeping, I think MS (Dhoni) has set the benchmark for Indian keepers, so I’m slowly but surely getting there.”
The captain of the Pune team believes that dew played a big factor in the match and also regretted the catches that were dropped by his side.
“I thought at the halfway point that it was quite a good total. The wicket was slow, but the dew came on in the chase.
“The wicket just sped up and became very good to bat on.
The guys were able to hit through the line comfortably. Gautam (Gambhir) and Robin (Uthappa) batted beautifully,” Smith said.
He also stressed on the need to work on their fielding, which according to him has been letting the team down.
“We put down a few catches and it proved costly, we need to work on our fielding. It has happened in a few games in a row and we need to change it. Not sure if it’s an attitude problem. But, hopefully, we can improve on our fielding,” Smith concluded.