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Long way to go in the tournament: Gambhir

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  1. Bapun Raz

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    Nov 3, 2010
    Kolkata: A guarded Kolkata Knight Riders skipper
    Gautam Gambhir on Monday refused to get carried
    away with their victory over Deccan Chargers and
    said the Shah Rukh-owned team have a long way
    to go in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier
    League. After the shocking two-run loss to Chennai Super
    Kings in their tournament opener, all eyes were on
    the Knight Riders in their first home match today
    and they did not disappoint the crowd, securing a
    nine-run victory over Deccan to register their first
    points in the ongoing Twenty20 tournament. "It was a great feeling. We want to play some good
    cricket and bring some joy to the people of this city.
    The venue is fantastic. We hope to win a lot more
    games. We are hungry and we want to do well," he
    said at the post-match press conference. "We are just happy, not relieved. It`s just the start of
    the tournament. We got a long way to go. I don`t
    believe in a word called relief. I want to take every
    game seriously. It`s a good feeling to get points on
    the board and we hope to continue with the
    momentum," a visibly upbeat Gambhir said. Gambhir said he was confident of a victory after
    setting Deccan a challenging 164-run target. "It was a very good total on this slow and low
    wicket. 163 was a par score. We have a good
    bowling attack as well. Initially we were thinking of
    150, but getting to 163 was good," he said. Gambhir hailed young left-arm spinner Iqbal
    Abdulla, who returned with impressive figures of
    three for 24 runs from his four overs. "The wicket suited him (Abdulla). We thought he
    could be used in the first six overs. He is a quality
    player and has a great future ahead.” "The way he has shown his character bowling in
    the first six overs and then in the death, it says a lot
    about him. I hope he can keep his head on his
    shoulder and it will be a lot more for him," the left-
    handed batsman said of Abdulla. Gambhir insisted that his team was the better side
    on display today but said Knight Riders should
    have won their opening fixture against Chennai
    Super Kings the other day. "It was not much different. We just played better
    cricket. I feel we should have won the first game as
    well. It`s how you finish the game is important. Our
    batting order was flexible and we have the depth,"
    he said.