Jacques Kallis reveals one worrying factor for KKR this season
Kolkata Knight Riders' head coach and former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is more than confident that his team would make it through to the playoffs this season despite a dodgy start.
Updated - May 15, 2018 2:08 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders’ head coach and former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is more than confident that his team would make it through to the playoffs this season despite a dodgy start.
After winning their opener against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at home, KKR slipped to two consecutive losses at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Dinesh Karthik led the side to a victory in the next two games, as the team started coming back to form in the tournament. Up against them in the tournament next was Ravichandran Ashwin’s Kings XI Punjab. Against Ashwin’s side, the Knight Riders faltered and failed to muster up the two points that would have put them at the upper end of the table.
A victory followed with a loss for the Knight Riders
A determined Delhi Daredevils side made use of the loss of confidence of the Knight Riders and smashed them in the next encounter, putting the side from Kolkata in a spot of bother. The Knight Riders won their next two games against the Southern sides CSK and RCB.
KKR’s hopes of reaching the playoffs were on a high, following the victory against the Royal Challengers. However, they faced a top in-form side in the form of Mumbai Indians who just cruised past the Knights two games in a row. The net run-rate took a hit in the second game against the Mumbai Indians.
What did Kallis say about his team?
The Knight Riders knew that they had to win against Kings XI Punjab to stay in contention for the playoffs, and also they had to win the game in a mighty fashion after their dismal loss against Mumbai.
“The last few days have been a reflection of most of our tournament so far — some extremely good and some fairly poor. We’ve been threatening to string together a few wins right from the first match yet we still haven’t done it — now would be a very good time,” wrote Kallis.
“As I seem to be saying after every second game, it’s not the defeat that matters — it’s how well you bounce back that counts. And it’s fair to say that the King’s XI match was one of the most emphatic of the whole tournament so far.” concluded the South African all-rounder.