Mohali: Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday conceded that it was not just bad luck but their complete failure to click as a team that has been their undoing in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Deccan lost their last game against Delhi Daredevils in Hyderabad despite posting a total of 187. "It's not only about luck. If you do the right things, you need less luck than you would if you are not doing that well," Sangakkara said.
The Sri Lankan, whose team is placed at the bottom having won just two games from their thirteen outings so far, believed luck favours those who put in extra work. "Luck is something, I think, the harder you work, the better you do...[then] luck works for you. Sometimes luck can be an excuse, but that's not something we are looking at for what could have gone wrong for us," the DC skipper said on the eve of his team's clash with Kings XI Punjab at the PCA stadium here on Sunday. Punjab have won six of their twelve matches so far and find themselves in a must-win situation.
When asked what went wrong for them in the tournament, the 34-year-old Sangakkara, a veteran of 325 ODIs and 108 Tests, said the team got good totals on the board, "but kept falling short in one department or the other. That's not a pleasant thing. As I have said before, it is important to keep focus and keep winning."
"It's not only about luck. If you do the right things, you need less luck than you would if you are not doing that."
On the lessons drawn from this year's IPL, he said, "We learnt quite a few lessons, especially about our fielding and our catching, which has let us down at big moments...it's also about making sure we are up to the mark and focused in tight situations.”
"In T20 cricket, its not easy. A lot of sides have lost close games in the last over or two. I think we have been found wanting in those situations. Tomorrow [Sunday] is another opportunity for us to show that if we do get to a situation of strength, we can capitalise."
Sangakkara, who has led the Kings XI in the previous edition, said KXIP have played some very good cricket. "They are a good solid side with good allround abilities, and we know what they are capable of. It's not going to be an easy game against the Kings [XI Punjab]. They showed this when they played against us at Hyderabad. So we will really have to be on top our game tomorrow [Sunday]."
Meanwhile, KXIP's regular captain Adam Gilchrist, who would again not feature in Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury sustained earlier, said it was nice to be in content_cnion. Asked what would be the team strategy in the remaining must-win four games, he reacted with a bit of surprise, saying, "Is it [do we have to win all the four]?
"Who knows whether nine wins or ten wins [in all] are going to be required [in the end to reach the play-offs]. But it would be nice not to rely on other games. It's [the] business end of the tournament."
KXIP face Delhi Daredevils in two games and Chennai Super Kings in their remaining games, besides the Chargers.