Kallis and me will have to shoulder more responsibilities: Gambhir

New Delhi: Leading Kolkata Knight Riders to a win against formidable Delhi Daredevils at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here on Monday, skipper Gautam Gambhir said that either he or Jacques Kallis will have to shoulder the responsibilities in order to steer the team in the playoffs stage.

"Being the experienced guys in the team, it’s our responsibility. If someone has to change the game, it should be Kallis or me. We don't want Brendon McCullum or Yusuf Pathan to change their game.," Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.

"You don't want them to stop playing their natural game. The guys like me and Kallis need to change the game and that is what responsibility and experience is all about."

KKR thrashed Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in a lopsided contest here on Monday night to emerge as the leaders in the IPL points table. They now have 17 points and are almost assured of a place in the knock-out stage.

Gambhir, who is in the race for the Orange Cap in IPL-5 said his team is playing to win the matches. "For me, every game is tough and important. When I go onto the field, I just want to win the match. It's not about competing in the IPL, it's about winning every time. When you have players like Kallis, McCullum and Brett Lee, you don't need to motivate them. They all are thorough professionals. One thing important for us is that we need to play well as a unit," he said.

Meanwhile Delhi Daredevils' all-rounder Irfan Pathan said that someone needs to fill into Kevin Pietersen shoes soon. Pietersen has gone back home as England prepare for a home series against the West Indies. He had scored 305 runs from eight innings at an average of 61, striking it at 147.34.

"When Kevin was there, he was performing really well for the Delhi Daredevils in the middle-order but now some other batsman needs to put his hand up and perform at his best," Pathan said.

"We have some wonderful players in the middle order like Ross Taylor. Once he starts firing, you know he is a player to watch out for. He can hit the ball a long way. We have no doubt [that] with every match he plays, he is getting better.”