KKR Skipper Praises Youngster Shubman Gill and Bowlers for Performance Against Rajasthan Royals

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: May 24, 2018, 9:08 AM IST
KKR Skipper Praises Youngster Shubman Gill and Bowlers for Performance Against Rajasthan Royals

Dinesh Karthik captain of Kolkata Knight Riders during match fifty four of the Indian Premier League 2018. (BCCI)

After winning beating the Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2, the Kolkata Knight Riders have taken their winning streak to four matches this season. They beat the Royals by 25 runs in the Eliminator at the Eden Gardens and captain Dinesh Karthik is very pleased about the way his team has come back in the tournament and performed after being almost down and out.

The captain had words of praise for the youngster Shubman Gill who’s innings against the Royals was crucial and it helped the KKR senior men, himself and Andre Russell to play freely.

“We were initially under the pump, so good on us to come back,” Karthik said. “Credit to Shubman Gill to absorb the pressure. He played some lovely shots. That eased the pressure off me, and then Andre was just special,” Karthik said after the match.

KKR were reduced to 24/3 early on in their innings but eventually went onto post a respectable 169 for 7 in 20 overs thanks to some good batting by Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. The Royals began their chase well, but crumbled under pressure once the KKR spinners were introduced into the attack.

“In these kind of games the score doesn’t matter, it’s about believing. The par scores don’t matter, but just how much you believe. The bowlers have picked their game and have bowled some good balls. Royals do spring a surprise, so you need to hold your nerve and execute your plans.” he said.

Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane was understandably unhappy at the way his team had a great start and then threw it away.

“The way we started with the ball, especially after that. The dropped catch of Russell hurt. But when you start your chase so well, you generally win the game, but KKR bowled really well and that’s disappointed us. I thought the total was gettable, and the partnerships between me and Rahul and me and Sanju were good. But credit to Kuldeep and the spinners,” Rahane said.

“When me and Sanju were batting, we were trying to be positive. I told him to bat deep, but he got out. He tried well. With eight wickets in hand with five overs to go, we should’ve gotten the job done. Through the season, our bowlers have been great, but we need to improve on our batting for next season.”

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First Published: May 24, 2018, 9:07 AM IST

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