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 five 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 knockouts.
We don’t have a leadership group
In their 11th game of the season, Kolkata Knight Riders will be locking horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) later in the day at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Ahead of the match, KKR all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite addressed the media reporters in the pre-match press conference. He revealed that the absence of a proper leadership group has not helped the team’s fortunes this year and this has been the reason for their failures. Brathwaite has just played a single game for his latest franchise, KKR in the ongoing edition of the IPL.
“I guess we don’t have a leadership group per se. If you’re a leader by nature, it will show in whatever you say, whatever you do, how you say things and how you do it. So my mannerisms will be the same, regardless of which team I play for,” quoted Carlos Brathwaite.
Brathwaite mentioned that he is part of the team meetings and he does converses with the coach and captain. He noted that he does lend his expertise whenever the team needs it. “I’ve been speaking in team meetings, been speaking to the coach, to the captain, to the manager and I think the leader is natural. It’s something that happens. I see myself as one. I don’t know how the world sees it, but where I can share my knowledge. I try to lend my expertise wherever I can,” he added.
We haven’t been good enough
The KKR all-rounder further went on to mention that as a team they haven’t been good enough in the last few games. He stated that they have failed to put forward a perfect game on the field. KKR’s bowling has been a major concern thus far in the tournament as the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna have struggled to hit the right lengths.
“As a team we haven’t been good enough, full stop. It’s a matter of getting better and putting out a perfect game together,” he furthered.
“I just don’t want to single out the bowling unit, because as a team we haven’t played cricket collectively,” the KKR all-rounder concluded.