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Long way to go in the tournament: Gambhir

Bapun Raz

Staff member
3 Nov 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.

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