IPL: Lakshmipathy Balaji says star-studded Kolkata Knight Riders went bust as a team

Balaji has said that while the team enjoys its cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders have been unable to combine the various aspects of the sport.

Updated: May 08, 2013 16:05 IST
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The just-wed Tamil Nadu pacer says Kolkata's string of defeats in IPL 6 is largely because batting and bowling have not gelled to script frequent wins this year.

Coming into the tournament as defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders now are virtually out of the tournament, and quite unceremoniously too. Pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji feels his team has been unable to capitalize the full potential of a star-studded dressing room.

Kolkata lost their eight match on Tuesday - this time against Mumbai Indians. In an interview to iplt20.com, Balaji said that while the team enjoys its cricket, Knight Riders have been unable to combine the various aspects of the sport.

"I believe the main reason (for the defeats) is that we haven't combined different aspects of the game well. It's either our bowling that clicks or the batting. We haven't been able to do well in both departments at the same game," he said.

On Tuesday for instance, Kolkata did well to pull back Mumbai from an aggressive start. Balaji himself was extremely economical - three overs for 7 runs. The team's batting however came apart at the seams, bundled out for 105 -- 65 short of the target.

"We were one of the teams to look forward to, given what we had achieved in the last two seasons. We haven't lived up to that promise despite having so much potential in the dressing room," said the 31-year-old just-wed Tamil Nadu pacer.

In a side which boasts of a solid line-up including Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine and Brett Lee, passion is high but it has not manifested itself to help the team or give much reason to fans to celebrate, this year.

"We don't play our cricket with desperation and always enjoy our cricket. We enjoy each other's success and stand by each other in times of failures," said Balaji, adding that the team now just wants to give a 100 per cent in the remaining four matches of IPL 6.

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