Gautam Gambhir slams KKR batsmen after crashing out of IPL 2016

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders had won both their matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the league stage but fell short by a big margin in the eliminator and as a result got knocked out of the Indian Premier League 2016. (Full IPL Coverage)KKR, who were champions in 2012 and 2014, failed to chase down their target of 163 as SRH completely outclassed them on a lively pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Henriques, Yuvraj shine as Sunrisers Hyderabad eliminate Kolkata Knight Riders)Skipper Gautam Gambhir blamed the lack of partnerships during the run chase as the main reason behind their defeat.”I thought we did not have big partnerships and someone needed to play a Yuvraj-like cameo which was an unbelievable innings, though not a fifty but that changed the momentum.””Someone into 60s or 70s and we would have won,” Gambhir said after the match.KKR have relied on their batting lineup time and again this season but Gambhir said the batsmen failed to live up to the expectations in this match.”We should have got 160-odd on this wicket. They did well to restrict the opposition but batters weren’t up to the expectations. In this format, you have to play well and the individuals can take the game away.”RUSSELL’S ABSENCE HURT KKRGambhir also said that KKR badly missed the services of injured all-rounder Andre Russell in this match.”Getting into this game, we were confident because we had won against them (SRH). But when you lose (Andre) Russell, it is difficult to replace someone like him. We tried to get the best combination for this match,” the dejected skipper summed up.advertisementlast_img read more