Things have started to settling down and going in the way for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the prime business end going on in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Dinesh Karthik-led team registered two smashing victories on the trot with the comprehensive 7-wicket win against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. The KXIP team recorded an imposing first innings total due to Sam Curran’s brilliant half-century knock.
While in the second innings, KKR young opener Shubman Gill compiled a splendid innings to stand tall and steered his team to a comfortable win. With this victory, KKR have kept their playoffs hopes very much alive, while KXIP have been knocked out of the tournament.
Dinesh Karthik sheds light on his animated behaviour
During the match in the first innings, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik was seen engaging in an intense discussion with his teammates. After the match, Karthik revealed that he was not convinced with the work of the bowlers as well as the fielders and thus he wanted to discuss the matters with the team. He mentioned that he needed to express his emotions in order to obtain the best from the team.
“I wasn’t too happy with the what the bowlers and the fielders were doing, so I thought I should let the boys know what I felt at that time. It is rare, not many people have seen me angry. If I feel I need to be angry to get the best out of the boys, then maybe,” quoted Dinesh Karthik.
After picking up the vital wickets of KXIP openers, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle pretty early in the innings, the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal led the team to some respite with a fine partnership of 69 runs. Then towards the end, all-rounder Sam Curran played an entertaining innings of 55 runs off just 24 balls which included 7 fours and 2 sixes, to guide KXIP towards a challenging total of 183 runs.
“The last over went for 10 runs too many, but we have to give it to Sam Curran. IPL is that kind of a tournament where someone comes in and scores runs for you, so there’s that balance. It’s a big ground, but we did the small things well. Ran well, put pressure on the bowler, and good execution on the batsmen,” Karthik added.
While speaking on Gill’s match-winning knock of 65 runs, Karthik said, “It’s fair that we have given Gill a chance at the top of the order, and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”