IPL 2013: No devil in Ranchi wicket, says Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir

Ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders game against Pune Warriors India at Ranchi on Wednesday, Gautam Gambhir says there is no devil in Ranchi's wicket. He feels Royal Challengers Bangalore's failure to score more than 115 last Sunday was the inability of their star batsmen.

updated: May 15, 2013 12:40 IST
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Batsmen's tendency to blame wickets for their failures are uncalled for, according to Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir. The Indian Test opener, now out of the national side due to a shortage of runs, feels too much is being made out of the pitch in Ranchi, Wednesday's venue of the KKR versus Pune Warriors Indian Premier League game.

The wicket at Ranchi's JSCA international stadium was criticized after KKR beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in a low-scoring match on Sunday. In spite of a powerful batting line-up, Bangalore managed all of 115 for 9 in their 20 overs. KKR had lost half their side for 103, before Ryan Ten Doeschate and Rajat Bhatia got the winning runs.

"It's sad when batsmen blame wicket for their failures. If Bangalore failed to score more than 115, it's because their batsmen were not good enough. Why blame the pitch?," Gambhir said on Tuesday. The left-handed KKR skipper has himself run hot and cold and refuses to blame wickets and or playing condition for his or the team's debacle in IPL 2013.

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