Kochi: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambir refused to blame any of his players for the team`s 17-run loss to Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League.
Asked if Brett Lee`s last over cost the game for KKR, Gambir said, "I do not want to blame anyone. It happens in the game of cricket. He gave his best shot and we know these things happen. He has bowled well in the last couple of games."
"We did not go wrong anywhere. I do not want to blame anyone. But we should have chased 156. Kochi bowled well and credit goes to Kochi as they stick to the areas," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.
"We need to move on from here. This is part and parcel of the game. In the T20 format, one wicket can change the game. We need to concentrate on next couple of games," he said.
Asked if the Kochi pitch was difficult to bat on, he said, "It was a very good wicket to play and credit goes to Kochi because they stick to their areas and bowlers bowled really well.”
On the fielding of his side, Gambhir said KKR had consistently fielded well in the tournament.
"I am happy with the fielding efforts of my team mates and everyone is giving their 100 per cent. That is what matters," he said.
KTK batsman Brad Hodge, who was declared man of the match, said it was nice to perform well against his former team.
"It was a highly contested match. KKR played pretty well. We had to win and obviously it was a good victory. The pitch was good for the bowlers and batsmen," said Hodge.
Asked what changed the game, his batting or Raiphi Gomez`s two crucial wickets, Hodge said, "It was a combination of both. Two good wickets in an over gave us momentum and put the brakes a little bit on KKR and gave rest of our bowlers confidence. The two Kerala bowlers bowled really well."
Asked about KTK`s matches coming up at Indore, the Australian said, "It doesn`t matter where we play, it is the performance that matters."