IPL 2019: Our Players Are Mentally Tired: KKR Coach Jacques Kallis
Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the strongest teams of the season so far. They have won four matches out of eight, where they happen to lose three successive matches. With Russell empowering their lower batting order, KKR is deemed to be the most threatening team. In it’s earlier matches, KKR has proved had proved their mettle. Meanwhile, Jacques Kallis, franchise’s coach believes the players are mentally tired.
However, KKR’s three back-to-back losses have been a bit disappointing. Their coach Jacques Kallis later said that after playing cricket for continuously nine days, the five-day break would be a much-needed one for the squad.
“We’ve played five games in nine days and the guys are pretty tired mentally. It will be good to get away and have a break not playing cricket for a couple of days and then work hard and be ready for Friday” Kallis said after KKR’s five-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens.
Kallis further stated how the players were “mentally tired” after their previous defeat against Delhi Capitals. In the match, DC’s skipper Shreyas Iyer after winning the toss smartly picked to field first. In fact, in all the three matches they have lost they had to bat first. KKR lost their first match to CSK by seven wickets followed by Delhi Capitals winning the game by seven wickets again.
After their defeat against CSK, yet again, the team has no match for the next five days.
“I think the break has come at a good time for us. Sometimes you can get caught up a little bit too much in it. It’s about spending some time with friends and family,” said Kallis.
It was Imran Tahir who broke the momentum for KKR in Sunday’s match. He snapped important wickets of Chris Lynn and Andre Russell in the 15th over. Thus, hoarding the team for 161/8 in 20 overs.
“We got to the back stronger and win at least four from six. One game at a time. The guys are hungry to do well. It’s basic mistakes that we are making. Once we eradicate that we will bounce back,” said Kallis.
Further, Kallis highlighted how CSK has been lucky with seven wins in the season so far.
“I thought we controlled the game pretty well for 16 overs and then four overs really poor batting cost us. 170-175 would have been par on this wicket. The luck is obviously going with Chennai at the moment. They are on a roll. We just got to stop making basic mistakes and that’s the problem. For 16 overs we played well but unfortunately, we did not finish well,” said Kallis.
Kallis Praised Imran Tahir For His Bowling.
Kallis praised his 40-year-old compatriot Imran Tahir’s performance on Sunday. His bowling figures of 4/27 pushed CSK towards their win.
“He just landed the ball in the right areas. He just keeps it very simple and that’s the formula for success in this format. I think at times you make wrong choices and he took advantage of that. He’s been a fantastic performer in this format for a long time now. Obviously, he has got some good skill and understands his game and how to go about it. That shows your age is just a number,” he signed off.
He pinpointed how Tahir uses his experience in this format of the game by easily picking up his opponent’s mistakes and keeping things simple. KKR will play their next match against RCB on 19 April.
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