Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir differed with Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist for his comments that the Eden Gardens pitch was a difficult one.

Gambhir said that the Kings XI lost the IPL match as they did not bat well. Kolkata Knight Riders beat Adam led-Punjab team by eight wickets.

Gilchrist said at the post-match presentation that the wicket was turning and difficult to bat against quick bowlers when KXIP batted first in the match.

"If it's difficult then people will stop playing here. We chased 120 in 17.2 overs. If they think it's difficult, I can't comment much on it. The ball was gripping  otherwise it was not all that dangerous. The opposition needs to bat well," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.

KKR jumped to the top spot after Saturday's win over Kings XI Punjab and Gambhir said he was least concerned about his side's forgettable past history in the last three seasons of the Indian Premier League.

"History is history. I don't believe in history, I don't believe in the past. I only believe in one thing that is present. Neither do I believe in future," he said at the post-match press conference.

“Personally I only concentrate on the present game. Past is past. It does not mean what happened in past will happen in present as well," he said.

On the top spot with 10 points after eight matches, KKR now have a chance of reaching the play-offs which will be a first for them in the IPL but Gambhir said he would not believe it till they get there.

Heaping praise on Manoj Tiwary who made 34 not out in Saturday’s match and now averaged 114 with an aggregate of 228 runs after eight matches, Gambhir said the stylish Bengal skipper has matured as a player.

Gambhir also showered praise on the bowlers who did well to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 119 for six.

He said dropping Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was a difficult decision.

"Whatever we felt the best combination we are playing with that. In that case if we feel Shakib does not get included in playing XI then he will get a chance somewhere down the line. Leaving a quality player is always difficult," he said.

Gambhir said the inclusion of South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher gives his side a lot of option ahead of their away match against Deccan Chargers on May 3.

(Agencies)