IPL 2019, KKR vs RR: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik believes his staff will bounce again stronger

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik feels that questions are sure to be raised towards his captaincy after the staff suffered its sixth defeat in row within the IPL however “his job is to lead from the front”.

File picture of Dinesh Karthik. Sportzpics

The World Cup-bound Karthik regained his batting type with an unbeaten 97 off 50 balls, serving to KKR get well from 49 for three to a difficult 176 towards Rajasthan Royals right here on Thursday evening.

However, the hosts didn’t defend the full with teenager Riyan Parag (47) and Jofra Archer (27 not out) scripting a surprising three-wicket win.

“It’s my job to lead from the front. But sometimes the results don’t go your way. So it’s obviously always a tough thing to mend. But the fact is that we try hard as a team and I have belief in my boys that we’ll come stronger,” he mentioned.

With one other loss, KKR’s hopes of creating the play-offs are all however over.

“It is very difficult. I am not going to sit here and say ‘it’s okay and stuff’… It’s very disappointing. We tried hard but we were just not able to cross the line.”

Following their nine-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad which was their fifth defeat in a row, Karthik was given a “break” because the skipper was not seen with the staff on the eve of the match, elevating hypothesis about his captaincy.

“Obviously when the results don’t go your way these questions will be asked, and I understand that. But as a team, we’re trying to do a lot of things right.”

“There’re no things that we’re not attending to. We’re trying to make the right changes, build the right combination and trying to come in every game believing that we can win. We’re trying to keep everybody in good space and making sure the dressing room is good and they all trust in the leader.”

Spin duo of Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla shared 5 wickets amongst them and eliminated the three key batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes. But the pacers let the staff down with Parag and Archer sealing the chase with 44-run stand for the seventh wicket.

“I think bowling overall has been found wanting a little bit definitely. I think batting as well… That’s why we are not been able to close games. That’s something we need to look into definitely,” Karthik added.

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Published Date: April 26, 2019

| Updated Date: April 26, 2019


Updated Date: Apr 26, 2019 12:07:33 IST