I always try to look for positives, says Whatmore
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore on Thursday said the defeat at the hands of Kochi Tuskers Kerala would provide them with an opportunity to reassess their position in the ongoing IPL but warned his teammates against repeating the same mistakes again and again.
KKR`s two-match winning streak came to an end on Wednesday when Kochi beat the Gautam Gambhir-led side by six runs.
But Whatmore said there was no need to press the panic button. "It`s never a nice feeling when you lose but there is always a reason why things happen. I always try to look for positives. It does give us the opportunity to reassess (our position). We won three games but we lost two and we are very keen to bounce back," the Australian said on the eve of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.
"Situation like this gives you a really good opportunity to analyse and examine situations in an effort to try and get things as correctly as possible. But if it continues like this, it will be worrying," Whatmore said.
"But we are very much alive in the comeptition. We are keen to bounce back and I am expecting a strong performance tomorrow," he added.
So far in this tournament, chasing has not been KKR`s forte and in both their defeats, they batted second. The coach said they would change their batting approach in tomorrow`s game.
"We have chased twice and lost twice. Those run chases in future can be approached in a slightly different way. We are always trying to improve the formation of the team in terms of the personnel and the batting order that would best suit for chasing a total," Whatmore said.
Yusuf Pathan is uncertain for tomorrow`s match after injuring himself while taking a catch yesterday, but Whatmore said they were hopeful about his participation.
"He (Pathan) is still being assessed. We will see him tomorrow morning but we are hopeful. He is pretty keen to play," the coach said.
Asked about Pathan`s form, Whatmore said, "It will come. We all know what he is capable of. He did not get opportunities as often as he would have liked and a few more others."
"Shakib did not bat in both the matches against Rajasthan Royals. Then all of a sudden he comes and faces the opposition in a pressure situation. Same with (Eoin) Morgan," he said, agreeing with Gambhir`s comment that KKR`s middle-order was yet to be tested.
With Chris Gayle likely to play for RCB, Whatmore said they would be eager to dismiss the West Indian cheaply.
Asked about KKR`s decision not to retain Gayle for the fourth season, Whatmore said, "It was not just KKR. 9 other franchises did not consider him either because of West Indies` packed calendar.
"He is got a chance to re-enter IPL 4 through the Bangalore franchise. He is a wonderful player and we will be trying hard to get him out."
Whatmore said KKR does not have any problem with the Eden Gardens pitch that has, so far, produced low-scoring matches. "We have no problem with the pitch. Our reasons for losing yesterday cannot be attributed to the pitch. There were a number of factors that contributed to the defeat. We are aware of that and we are trying to correct those things very quickly," he said.