Kolkata:Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday saluted his Kolkata Knight Riders counterpart Sourav Ganguly and said the veteran player showed his class in Wednesday's IPL match.
"It's not about age but about class. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly are class players who can adapt to various situations. An ability of a player is judged by how quickly he can adapt to any form of the game," said Gambhir after his team lost to KKR here on Wednesday.
Ganguly led from the front, hitting his sixth IPL half-century, removing Gambhir with a direct throw, taking a catch and smartly marshalling his bowling resources to walk away with the Man of the Match award.
Gambhir felt his run out by Ganguly was the turning point of the match.
"Obviously, my run-out was the turning point. Till then we were very much in the game. We needed around 90 odd from 10 overs which was absolutely achievable. We got two boundaries in that over and at that point of time we didn't need that single. It was a mistake on my part and it was disaster," Gambhir said.
On his own captaincy, he said, "When I play as a batsman, I forget the captaincy bit. My job then is to score runs. Only when I am fielding, I focus on my captaincy. I never believe that I have been under any sort of pressure due to captaincy when I am batting. Even if I think about today's match, we planned to get around 80 runs in the first 10 overs and we got 90 and the target was within our reach. But it was one bad day when I was run-out and it cost us the match."
But there is no need to panic, he said.
"We have won four matches in a row before this and we don't need to panic. We aren't missing anybody. Obviously, when you have an international bowler like Ashish (Nehra), who is your domestic player, you have more options. He can bowl in Powerplays and also at the death. But we have Ferveez Maharoof who has done fairly well," said Gambhir.