After starting the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a fantastic note, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have slipped off the barrel in the last few games. The Dinesh Karthik-led team has conceded four comprehensive losses on the trot and now with just 8 points in their baggage, they have left themselves with an uphill task of winning atleast three of the remaining four games in order to stake a chance of qualifying for the final four.
In their 11th game of the season, Kolkata Knight Riders will be locking horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 25 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, in a strange move, KKR have taken a big decision to send a few of their players for training at the franchise’s academy in Mumbai. It has been learned that the likes of skipper Dinesh Karthik and some other players headed to Mumbai as they reckoned that they will get a better training session in Mumbai. Thus, it is being reported that one group of the KKR players have returned to Kolkata, while the other have travelled to Mumbai after the previous loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
This makes it harsh on the bodies of players
During a recent interview to IANS, one of the franchise officials revealed that considering the nature of the IPL, players usually do take breaks and like to rest between games. The official mentioned that the hectic scheduling of the IPL matches actually makes it harsh for the players to sustain. However, he also stated that the final decision in this case is taken by the franchise.
“Well, generally considering the format of the IPL and the travel involved, people generally like to rest whenever they can rather than flying down to another city to train for a couple of days. This actually makes it harsh on the bodies of the players. But then, nobody else can decide for them. Every team has the right to do what they feel is best,” the official was quoted as saying.
An official from another franchise who have also played a game at the Eden Gardens in the ongoing edition mentioned that the wickets in Kolkata have offered good pace and bounce this year. However, the official also noted that the KKR team must have their own reasons to shift the practice session to Mumbai.
“The wickets in Kolkata have good pace and bounce and even the practice facilities have been quite good under Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly. But the KKR management must have a reason behind their decision to fly a few players to Mumbai,” the other official inferred.