Jaipur: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir on Sunday blamed batting failure for his side's 22-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here and said that they did not deserve to win the tie.
"We lost three quick wickets and thereafter we could not recover. It was good job by the bowlers to restrict Rajasthan to 164 but with this kind of batting we don't deserve to win," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.
"It was a good wicket to bat on. Jaipur wicket has always been good for batting. It was not like that we could not adjust to the pace of the wicket. We have played a lot of cricket and know how to adjust to the conditions," he said.
Asked what would motivate his side after the back-to-back defeats, Gambhir said, "We are all experienced cricketers and can motivate ourselves. It is just matter of time and one victory will put us back on track."
"Two back-to-back defeats cannot lead to pressing panic button for us and still we have to play 14 matches. So two defeats don't matter much," he added. Asked if Bangladeshi player Shakib-ul-Hassan should have been played on this wicket, Gambhir said that he would not talk about the individual players.
"It is a team game and we select the best team according to the need of the hour and such talks are good only on the hindsight. Perhaps losing three wickets in first two overs did us in and it was a dream start for the Rajasthan."