The Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) succumbed to its third straight loss of the season after getting derailed by a convincing 5-wicket margin at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. They have now conceded four losses and as many wins in their contrasting fortunes in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition. After the loss, KKR head coach Jacques Kallis reckons that the players are pretty much tired as they have played five games in between nine days.
It will be good to get away
Kallis addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and revealed that the KKR played are all stressed up due to the hectic scheduling. He mentioned that it will be better for them to have a break. The two time champions would next be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore at home on April 19 (Friday).
“We’ve played five games in nine days and the guys are pretty tired mentally. It will be good to get away and have a break not playing cricket for a couple of days and then work hard and be ready for Friday,” said Jacques Kallis.
Kallis noted that this is a great time for the boys to get some valuable time off. He stated that it is very much important to spend some quality time with friends and family. “I think the break has come at a good time for us. Sometimes you can get caught up a little bit too much in it. It’s about spending some time with friends and family,” he added.
One game at a time
After that loss to CSK, the Dinesh Karthik-led team has now slumped to the third spot in the points table. Kallis further went on to mention that his team will surely come back stronger in the next game and revealed that they are very much in the race to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament. The former Proteas legendary all-rounder noted that they need to eradicate their weaker areas in order to bounce back strongly.
“We got to come back stronger and win at least four from six. One game at a time. The guys are hungry to do well. It’s basis mistakes that we are making. Once we eradicate that we will bounce back,” the KKR head coach inferred.