Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dav Whatmore: Not a do-or-die contest

Posted by Admin On 11:04 AM

KXIP is concluding the gap with them in the points table but KKR coach Dav Whatmore is not unduly concerned about the gradual rise of the Adam Gilchrist-led side. KXIP on Tuesday trounced table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore by 111 runs to be on tied 14 points with KKR but Whatmore said Bangalore's beat gives them a chance to seal the number one or two spot in the table.

That was a good game, hats off to KXIP. We still have to win our games. What come about with the other games is beyond our control. KXIP win has also given us a chance to finish first or second if we go on and win our residual games,Whatmore said ahead of the clash against PW.

KXIP is fifth in the table just behind KKR and can upset their playoff chances if KKR lose one of the two residual games. Thursday's clash is not a must-win game for KKR but Whatmore said they are strong-minded to do well.Every game is significant. This is not a do-or-die game for us. It's still significant to try and win. We will try and do our best on Thursday,said the former Australian batsman.

Whatmore tried to play down the Ganguly factor in Thursday's clash when the former KKR captain will turn out.We will know on Thursday, I guess. He required playing some cricket. We are happy he's got a chance to do that. It's still PW vs KKR and nothing else,he remarked.

Whatmore did not agree that his team has depended on only a few batsmen like Manoj Tiwary, Jacques Kallis and Captain Gautam Gambhir.That's not entirely true. We have had a few games where we had contributions across the way. In fact, our man-of-the-matches have been different players except for one. Abdulla has had two, the rest have had one each. It has been a good team performance and we need that to continue,the KKR coach said.

He could not say what the wicket could do or whether there would be some changes in the playing eleven.I have not had a look at the wicket. I am not very good at reading wickets,he said.


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