The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) witnessed a disappointing end to their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign. The Dinesh Karthik-led team suffered a massive 9-wicket defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the last league stage clash of the tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. The MI bowlers displayed brilliant combined performance to restrict the opposition under a below-par first innings total.
In the second innings, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma led the home team from the front and played a responsible innings to steer MI to an emphatic victory. With this defeat, the KKR team has been knocked out of the tournament and as a result the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have become the first team in the history of the IPL to qualify for the playoffs with a tally of 12 points.
We’ve got to address that as a group
After the loss, KKR assistant coach Simon Katich addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and talked about the things going around in the KKR camp. Katich revealed that there were some tension within the group before the match and there is nothing to back away. He stressed on the fact that unity is a very important factor in the IPL and reckoned that there is no such problem in the KKR camp. However, he also mentioned that the dynamic within the group has changed certainly throughout the season.
"Can't hide from the fact that there was tension. That was pretty evident from the last few games after we got on a bit of a roll with losses. We've got to address that as a group. What is so important in the IPL is the dynamic in the group, and I guess the unity. That's something that KKR is very proud of.”
“It's a very successful franchise and it's something that everyone involved has worked very hard to contribute to over a long period of time. That's something we have to certainly work to get better at it because there's no doubt that throughout this campaign, the dynamic within our group has certainly changed," said Simon Katich during the post-match press conference.
KKR ended the campaign at the fifth position on the points table with six wins and eight losses. Katich stated that KKR conceded quite a few close losses in the season including the defeats against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
"If you look back on our season, the two missed opportunities we had were in the matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. We hadn't played well through the season but to lose those two games was always going to come back and hurt us in the end,” Katich added.
“When you look back, in the end, that's what probably catches up with you, when you don't win at home, where that wicket suits our style of play, particularly our batsmen, given how flat it's been," the KKR assistant coach concluded.