Bangalore:Furious with the Kolkata Knight Riders' performance in the loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, skipper Sourav Ganguly said his side was "absolutely rubbish".
Fuming at the post-match press conference on Saturday night Ganguly hit out at his players for Kolkata's seven-wicket loss in the Indian Premier League match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.
"I thought we played good cricket for the first 10 overs and for the next 10 we were absolutely rubbish. In one line, we were rubbish," Ganguly said.
Visibly upset after gathering his team's sixth loss, Ganguly said, "I don't mind losing, but we were pathetic on the field. Let's be honest. I can talk, I can lift them up but they need to lift themselves. I can't go and field for them. I can't go and bowl for them."
Going back in time, Ganguly said: "When I was leading India, I had some serious talent to look after. That probably helped. Hopefully, these guys will look after themselves."
Kolkata dropped as many as three catches and fielded shoddily as RCB chased down the 160-run target with ease, winning with 17 balls to spare.
Asked if the Kolkata fancied their chance of qualifying for the semifinals slated for April 21 and 22, Ganguly said:
"We have to play better cricket. If we play cricket like this we don't deserve to be in the semifinals. There are other teams who are playing better cricket than us. If we have to get there, first let's play better cricket and win matches."
Kolkata have 10 points from 11 games and are placed sixth in the points table. They have to win all their three remaining games to be in the contention for the semifinals.