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Akshay Manwani in Kolkata 15 April 2012 - 10:43pm IST

We made too many mistakes: Shakib

Kolkata Knight Riders spinner says team has no option but to move on

Having lost their latest match to Kings XI Punjab in front of their home fans from a winning position, the mood in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp was rather despondent. Needing 65 from the last 10 overs with eight wickets in hand, the KKR batsmen stumbled and managed only 132 while chasing 135 for victory. It was the team’s third loss in five outings, and their second at home.

Shakib Al Hasan, who won the Man-of-the-Match honours for his all-round performance two nights ago against the Rajasthan Royals, spoke of the disappointment in the KKR camp following the defeat in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com.

What’s the feeling like after today’s loss?


It’s always disappointing when you lose a game, but it feels even more disappointing when you lose such a close game. We feel that we should have won that game. We made so many mistakes and weren’t smart enough to do the right things. We needed only 65 runs in the last 10 overs with 8 wickets in hand, and nine out 10 times, you would think the batting team will win. That didn’t happen. It is disappointing, but you have to move on. There are so many games to be played, and hopefully, we won’t make those mistakes we made tonight.

According to you, what was the turning point in the match?

Our middle-order batsmen didn’t apply themselves well. At one stage, we became a bit too cautious about losing wickets. That’s one area we can certainly improve because on these kinds of wickets, it is difficult to pick up the momentum. It is not a wicket where you can play your shots. You have to be careful, but positive.

Is Yusuf Pathan’s form a matter of concern for KKR?

It is still early in the tournament although five games have been played. When a big player does not perform, there are some issues. Hopefully, he will get his form back soon, and if he gets his form back, we know how destructive he can be, how many matches he can win for us. Hopefully, he will get back in form and contribute for KKR.

One positive out of this game was Debabrata Das’s batting. What do you have to say about him?


He is a good young cricketer. He showed a couple of games back that he can play his shots and that he is an intelligent cricketer. The way he batted, I thought he would have won the game for us, but that didn’t happen. In the end it was a very good performance by him.

You have two away games now – in Mohali and Cuttack. Is it difficult to adjust to different conditions so quickly?

It is always difficult to play away from home, but that is how this game works. If we are to go a long [way] in this tournament, we need to win those two games. They are very crucial games for us. I feel we will be up for it and will put up our best performance.

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