Butt rues not playing regularly

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Kolkata opener Salman Butt is dismayed at not playing regularly when he's in good form. He blamed his side's poor batting for the loss to Chennai.

Updated: May 23, 2008 12:12 IST
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Pakistan batsman Salman Butt expressed his dismay at being made a non-regular member in the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

"I came here on the heels of some good scores in Pakistan, and when in-form everybody loves to play. Sitting out just takes the form away," Butt told newspersons after his side lost by two runs to Chennai Super Kings via the Duckworth-Lewis rain rule at the Eden Gardens here.

Butt, who joined the team after the first two matches, has featured in the final XI in only five of the nine games played since then.

Asked about the Knight Riders using seven different opening combinations in the tournament so far, he said, dripping sarcasm, "It's a good question for those who decide the batting order."

The Pakistani left-hander blamed the poor batting display for the side's defeat.

"Again our batting faltered. Probably we were 25 runs short on this wicket," he said.

Batting has been the Achilles' heel for the Knight Riders, with the main problem area being the first six to seven overs, where the side has regularly lost many wickets.

The batsmen fared their worst in the previous encounter opposite Mumbai Indians two days back, when their innings folded for just 67.

Butt conceded it would be a difficult task for them to make it to the semifinal now.

"We will have to try and win every game from now on. It gets difficult but we have to try and win every game," he said.

Chennai Super Kings skipper M S Dhoni gave credit to his bowlers for the victory.

"Our bowlers did well. They gave us a perfect start and didn't give away too many runs," a visibly happy Dhoni said.

Asked whether he had set his sights now on the semifinal, Dhoni said, "We still have to play three matches in the League. And we will continue to take one game at a time."

He said his team had the Duckworth-Lewis rain rule in mind before the match as there was a rain forecast.

"Even if we had won the toss, we would have chased," he said.

Dhoni said his boys did not realise that South African pacer Makhaya Ntini had got a hat-trick.

"We came to know of it only in the second half."

The India ODI captain said his in index finger, which got injured when he took a Makhaya Ntini delivery on his gloves while keeping wickets, was still paining.

"There is still lots of pain. Hopefully it will be fine."

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