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 six comprehensive losses on the trot and now with just 8 points in their baggage, they have left themselves with an uphill task of first winning all their remaining three games and then wait for the other results to fall in their favour as well in order to stake a chance of qualifying for the knockouts.
We have to have the passion inside, says Russell
Andre Russell, who had single-handedly won matches for the franchise, on Saturday, has lamented the poor decision making by his team which has turned their campaign from good to bad to worse. The 30-year-old Russell, who has made 406 runs in 10 innings with a strike rate of 209.27 and at an average of 58.00, also has hit 42 sixes so far. He called KKR a good team making some bad decisions in the ongoing tournament.
“I find myself just been in my room for the last couple of days losing games after games. I’m not the type of guy to do the walking around… It’s hard to do the walk around losing six games in a row. It’s not healthy, to be honest. I’m feeling down at the moment but tomorrow when we cross the rope my energy level will be 150. As cricketers, we have to have the passion inside, and not just to show it on the TV,” quoted Andre Russell.
We have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time
The major concern for KKR team has been the struggles of the bowlers in the ongoing competition. The likes of Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla haven’t been at their best this season and this has hurt the team’s fortunes. “As a professional cricketer, to be in this position is not the healthiest position. In terms of the decision, we have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time, that’s what been causing for us to keep losing in simple ways,” Russell added.
“We have a good team. But having a good team and making bad decisions, I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time [the results would’ve been different],” the KKR all-rounder concluded.