Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir Wednesday credited his bowlers for restricting the Delhi Daredevils to below par score and allowing his team to start the IPL tournament on a winning note.
"It is always great to start the tournament on a winning note and for the first time in two years we have points on the table straight away. We don`t want to be in a position where you are desperate for points. It is a good start and I am happy with the performance," said Gambhir.
"The credit goes to the bowlers for restricting them to 128 which was a fantastic effort. Not only Sunil Narine but all bowlers including (Laxmipathy) Balaji and Rajat (Bhatia) all bowled superbly to put us in a wining position," said Gambhir.
Gambhir who usually is reluctant to talk about individuals, however, praised Sunil Narine who took four wickets to be the man of the match.
"What is important is how you finish and it was important that we keep Sunil for the last over. The last over is always crucial because it cal allow you to get the momentum in your favour. We always wanted Sunil to bowl the last over, we had done this in the last edition as well," he said.
About his decision to bowl first after winning the toss, Gambhir said: "It was a new wicket with little bit grass. When you are not aware about the nature of the wicket it is always better to send the opponent to bat first so that you can judge the wicket."
First Published: Thursday, April 04, 2013, 08:58