A massive 10 wicket loss in the season opener and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina cannot be blamed for saying he missed the services and experience of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who are both out of action due to injuries.
Gujarat Lions lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in their first home game on Friday after batting first and setting a 184-run target.
Suresh RainaI think 180 still was a good total. We did not bowl well in the first six overs. The bowling was not experienced and it is a learning curve. They played really good cricket shots. We need to learn from here. We missed the experience of Jadeja and Bravo. Jadeja has done really well in T20 format. When you are not bowling well upfront, you need experience, someone like Bravo in the middle.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn made short work of the challenging target as two-time champions marches home with ease. Gambhir remained not out on and Lynn stayed unbeaten on 93.
Raina, who top-scored for the hosts with a 51-ball 68 not out, also praised Dinesh Karthik (47) for his contribution.
Suresh RainsDinesh batted really well, he had a good first-class season. Still we have batting depth in the team.
Winning KKR skipper Gambhir lauded Lynn for his fantastic display with the willow.
Gautam GambhirYou can’t ask for more from Lynny (Lynn). He took a lot of pressure off me. We are going to give Lynny a longer run. Hopefully he can keep smacking it. We all know how dangerous he is, and hopefully we can play around him.
Praising his bowlers, Gambhir took at dig at the fielding effort of his team today.
Gautam GambhirThe bowlers also did a fantastic job. I always feel that somebody who can take the ball both ways will be crucial. We have Kuldeep (Yadav), (Piyush) Chawla. The dropped catches were there - but we need to be proactive in the fielding. We have just one day to recover and we will have to bring our A game against Mumbai in Mumbai.
Man-of-the-match Lynn said his role is simple -- to go after the bowling at the top and he enjoys doing that.
Chris LynnTo hit the ball a long way is my role. Touch wood and I enjoy the role. At the end of the day, it is about preparation. I like the spot at the top, the ball is coming on. I am used to the ball coming on at home.