After a brilliant start in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have certainly shifted off the barrel. The Dinesh Karthik-led team kicked off things in a high-flying manner, registering four convincing wins in a row. But then the two-time champions suffered a twist in the fortunes, crumbling three consecutive losses and have in turn slipped to the sixth position on the points table. In their ninth game of the season, the Knight Riders will be locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 19.
We have our destiny in our own hands
Ahead of the game against RCB, KKR’s newest recruit Harry Gurney accepted the fact that they have surely meandered off the track a bit after the great start. Gurney revealed that they are going into the second-half of the tournament with their fates in their own hands. He also mentioned that the time-off between games has helped them get off the fatigue.
"Still pretty optimistic. It's obviously not a great run to be on but fortunately we started the competition really well. We're going into the second-half with our own destiny in our own hands. I think this break we had here has come at a good time for us. It's given us the chance to freshen up. We've had a couple of days off and now we're training hard in preparation for the next game,” said Harry Gurney.
We are not too down in the dumps
Gurney noted that in any T20 competition the second-half has a great importance as the momentum is picked in that phase. He mentioned that there have been many instances in the past when teams have played really well through the league stages, but eventually have not went on to lift the title.
"I think in any T20 competition you play, the important part is the second-half of the group stage where you want to take momentum from there into the knockout stage. It's amazing how often you see teams that run away in the group stages don't end up going on to win a trophy. We're not too down in the dumps about things. We know we're a good team and we are excited about the next game," Gurney added.
We will approach the game in the same way
While speaking on the upcoming match against RCB, the left-arm pacer noted that the home team will be approaching the game in the same manner. However, he also mentioned that it is very important for them to focus on their strengths and preparations rather on the opposition.
“For the last six games if we can turn up and pull it altogether with bat and ball spinners, seamers, batters and fielders, then we're going to be a tough team to beat. Whether they qualify or not, we're not overly interested in that. We are more focussed on KKR,” the left-arm seamer concluded.