We were weak and lacked game sense: LSG players receive dressing-down from Gautam Gambhir

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We were weak and lacked game sense: LSG players receive dressing-down from Gautam Gambhir

New Delhi. Gautam Gambhir has been someone who is not known for mincing words. On Tuesday night, Gambhir came up with a blunt and tough assessment of Lucknow Super Giants' big defeat to Gujarat Titans in a top-of-the-table clash at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Gambhir minced no words as the Lucknow Super Giants mentor was seen addressing the team at the dressing room after their 62-run loss. Gujarat Titans progressed to the playoffs, becoming the frist team in IPL 2022 to do so after their terrific performance with the ball on a sluggish pitch that was not suited to play free-flowing strokes and hitting sixes. "There is nothing wrong in losing. It is absolutely fine. One team has to win, one team has to lose. There is a lot wrong in giving up. Today, I thought we gave up. We were weak," Gambhir said in a video shared by the franchise even as the players, including captain KL Rahul, were listening with rapt attention. "Honestly, there is no place for weak in a tournament like IPL or in sport. That is where the problem is. We have beaten teams in this competition, we have played really good teams in this competition. But today, I thought, we lacked that game sense which was more important. "We knew they bowled well, we expected them to bowl well. It's a world-class competition we play against international bowlers. We want people to challenge us, that is what we play the game for," Gambhir added. Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and opted to field after which they did well to restrict Gujarat Titans to144 for 4 in 20 overs. However, their batting failed as the newbies were bundled out for 82 in just 13.5 overs. Captain Rahul and his opening partner Quinton de Kock had rare off-days while the likes of Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni and Marcus Stoinis failed to step up in the middle order. While Mohammed Shami and young left-arm pacer Yash Dayal wreaked havoc with the new ball, vice-captain Rashid Khan spun a web around Lucknow batters.