Dravid blames batsmen for defeat

Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid admits his team has not gelled well. He says their batsmen got out at regular intervals against Kings XI.

updated: May 13, 2008 12:55 IST
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Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Rahul Dravid believes the batsmen are to be blamed if the side's semifinal hopes in the Indian Premier League now looks a distant dream.

Smarting from the side's fifth defeat in the tournament that came against the Kings XI Punjab XI here tonight, a dejected Dravid did not make any effort to shield his off-colour batting colleagues.

"We have lost wickets at regular intervals and not gelled well. Our bowlers have done the job but we have not clicked with the bat," rued Dravid.

Now that his team faces a huge task of winning every match in order to stay in the race for last four berth, Dravid said, "who knows what happens in the last stretch. We need to win every match.

"We are playing three away matches now (Kolkata, Mohali and Jaipur) in the next 10 days. We cannot afford to make any mistakes," he added.