IPL 2021 SECOND PHASE: KKR wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik expressed hope of reaching the IPL playoffs.
The second phase of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League 2021 is going to start very soon from September 19. In such a situation, the road of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders is not going to be easy.
But this team’s wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik is also confident that his team can reach the playoffs by winning six matches from the remaining year’s matches.
The team of Kolkata Knight Riders, who were two-time former champions, did not play well in the first leg of the year 2021 and this team has been able to win only two matches in seven matches.
Kolkata’s team is at the bottom of the points table. In such a situation, now this second phase of IPL is going to start in UAE in a few days. Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik told Kolkata’s website that we want as much as six matches out of our remaining seven matches.
It’s a simple thing and that’s our only goal as a team. We will focus on only one match at a time. But we will try our best to win six of our remaining seven matches.
Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders will once again take the IPL campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 20 September.
Before that, let us tell you that in IPL 2020 last year, the team of Kolkata Knight Riders could not make it to the knockout spot due to poor net run rate.
Dinesh Karthik further said, “Last year when we played cricket in UAE, during that time we failed to qualify for the playoffs due to net run rate by a very small margin.
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We had won equal matches with the last team to qualify, but still, we missed out on a place in the knock-out match. For two consecutive years, we have been in the fifth position in the points table and this is my trouble data too.
Karthik, who returned to Kolkata after a successful run as a commentator in the UK, insisted that the team would focus on the positives and continue to play aggressive cricket.