Pakistan opener Salman Butt says that the rotation policy at the Kolkata Knight Riders has damaged their IPL form.
The Knight Riders stormed to a brilliant 140-run victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the opening match of their IPL campaign, inspired by a fine 158 not out by Brendon McCullum.
However, their form has tailed off since and Pakistan opener Butt has blamed the changing around of the batting order and selections as the main reason.
Butt arrived in the IPL in good form for his country but has not been settled with the Knight Riders, batting with three different opening partners in his five games so far.
Kolkata have used seven different opening partnerships in their 11 matches and only once in seven games have they had an opening stand of 50 or more.
With the Knight Riders now struggling to make it into the semi-finals, Butt says the selections of the batting order need to be questioned.
"Good question for those who decide the batting order," he said.
"Sitting out just takes the form away.
"I came here off the back of a good series in Pakistan. Everybody loves to play when they are in form."
The Knight Riders are now battling with the Delhi Daredevils for the fourth semi-final spot and need to win their final three matches to make the final four.
"Yes, it gets difficult," added Butt. "We have to try and win all our matches."
Sourav Gangulys men start their three-match bid with a game against the Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.