Deep Dasgupta has suggested that confidence in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) camp is at an all-time low, following another defeat in IPL 2021. KKR has now lost four games on the bounce and is currently at the bottom of the league standings.
The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Rajasthan Royals last night. They scored only 133 runs while batting first at the Wankhede Stadium, a low total given the smooth nature of the wicket in Mumbai.
Deep Dasgupta: KKR’s Body Language Suggested The Mentality Of The Team
Deep Dasgupta highlighted that KKR’s body language in the field suggested where they are as a team.
“Their body language tells you the confidence level which is obviously low when you have lost 4 games on the bounce it can be high.You can understand what they are going through and that’s why it is imperative that the dressing room environment is looked into so that they are happy, not too worried, making sure that they are in a better mental space.”
“The missed catches, misfields just tells you that they need a pick me up. This current situation is not easy for them.” Deep Dasgupta said on Sports Today.
“The tournament is far from over, they need to win quite a few from here on, but they are very much in the race. It’s way too early to lose heart, and I’m sure they won’t lose heart. They are a good side and have the experience as well,”
One of the most followed franchises in the cricket world, KKR is now at the eighth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. Their worst performance in tournament history came in 2009 when they finished last in the edition that was played in South Africa. Two-time IPL champions KKR won both their trophies under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. Under Dinesh Karthik, they last qualified for the playoffs in 2018.
Deep Dasgupta: All Players Want To Do Well For The Franchise
KKR’s top order came under the scanner as they only put up 24 runs in the powerplay against the Rajasthan Royals. Deep Dasgupta dispelled doubts about KKR players not being interested enough as he highlighted how many things are at stake based on players’ IPL performances.
“I don’t think they are disinterested, that’s being too harsh on them. All of them want to do well for the franchise, themselves, for their individual future because a lot is at stake for the Indian and international players here.”
The former India wicketkeeper further added: “Someone like Shubman, he would want to be there for the Indian side at the T20 World Cup. Varun Chakravarthy missed out on his international debut because of his injury, Nitish Rana was extremely close to making the national team as well. There is a lot at stake for the Indians here. It’s not just about the tournament, it’s about their future as well.” Dasgupta told Sports Today
KKR will be in action next on April 26 when they square off against the Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad. Eoin Morgan’s men ended the Mumbai leg without a win and the skipper will hope that their fortunes change with a switch in the venue. Despite four consecutive defeats in the IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief mentor David Hussey has revealed the team morale remains high and the players are confident of turning things around.
KKR started the tournament with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai. However, the side then went on to suffer a hat-trick of defeats against Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). On Saturday, they lost to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets after yet another disappointing outing as a batting unit.
Nitish Rana is their leading run-scorer and 6th overall with 186 runs in 5 matches while Rahul Tripathi has managed 127 runs followed by Andre Russell (108 runs). Andre Russell is the leading wicket-taker with 7 scalps to his name.