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 comprehensive losses on the trot and now with just 10 points in their baggage, they have left themselves with an uphill task of winning all of their remaining two games in order to stake a chance of qualifying for the final four.
The major reason for KKR’s slump in form has certainly been the dismal performance of their premier spinner Kuldeep Yadav. In the nine matches played this season, Kuldeep has managed to pick up just four wickets at an economy rate of 8.66. Looking at his consistent struggles, KKR even dropped him from the playing eleven in the last few matches.
Understandably, the fans are worried about one of the major bowling weapons that India will carry into the World Cup starting May 30. After a successful stint in the tournament last year when he took 17 wickets in 16 matches, Kuldeep has been a complete disappointment this year so much so that he even got dropped despite being a frontline bowler. In one match, Kuldeep had even broken down after being thrashed by the batsmen badly.
The wickets didn’t spin at all this year
KKR head coach Jacques Kallis does not believes that there is much to worry about Kuldeep’s recent struggles. Kallis admitted that Kuldeep has not had a great season this year and noted that the wickets at the Eden Gardens have certainly not assisted the spinners.
He mentioned that there is nothing to panic in the perspective of the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Kallis stated that Kuldeep has been working very hard in the nets despite not find a place in the playing eleven.
“He didn’t have a good season so far and the reason behind it is that the wickets in Eden Gardens didn’t spin at all this year. But as far as the World Cup is concerned, I don’t think there is any need to panic. It will be a completely different format and I am sure he will bounce back strongly,” Jacques Kallis said on the eve of KKR’s game against KXIP.
KKR will take on Kings XI Punjab in a crucial game in Mohali on Friday. Whoever loses the game will crash out of the tournament. The Kolkata side won a key game against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on April 28 after six consecutive losses to stay afloat in the contest.