`International players need to take responsibility`
Hyderabad: Disappointed with Deccan Chargers` sixth defeat in the ongoing IPL, captain Kumar Sangakkara on Tuesday asked the international players in the squad to own up responsibility in the remaining matches of the tournament to give them any chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Deccan slumped a 20-run loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders here today to languish at the seventh position in the points table.
"It is a bit frustrating and not good for us. We take a lot of pride with the way we play our cricket and to lose as many games as we have done, it really hurts. It`s very disappointing," Sangakkara said.
"The overseas players have to take big responsibility. The international players need to come here and win games. Unfortunately, we have not be able to convert many of the games and that`s something we need to look at," the Sri Lankan added.
Deccan were also done in by some sloppy fielding which saw explosive Yusuf Pathan receiving two lives. The right-hander cashed in on the missed chances and scored a 26-ball 47 to power KKR to a challenging 169 for four, which eventually proved too much for the home team.
"It’s hard to give two chances to a batsman of the caliber of Yusuf Pathan who can be destructive. It is discipline that can change games. So, we really need to up our game on the field," Sangakkara said.
"Bowling in the death overs also needs to be addressed. But, having said that, 170 is always gettable, especially on a track like Hyderabad. Having got a solid start from the openers, myself and Cameron White could not capitalise and keep the momentum going," he said.
He also said that as captain of the team he needs to take up more responsibility.
"Sometimes, you get out early which is not great. As a captain, I need to take responsibility and that is something that I always take pride on," Sangakkara said.