IPL 2019: No discussion on Karthik's captaincy, says Kallis

The KKR coach said some players, including captain Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa, had been given a “break” to get over the frustration.

Dinesh Karthik during a practice session.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Jacques Kallis on Tuesday said that the failure of the bowlers to take enough wickets had put pressure on the side.

Following five straight losses in the IPL this season, Kallis admitted that the bowling unit’s below-par showing affected the team’s performance.

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“I think the frustrating part for us this season has been not taking wickets. If you don’t take wickets up front, you are under pressure for the whole innings. I think we have probably taken 20-21 wickets [actually 35 wickets] in 10 games that we have played which has put us under a lot pressure,” Kallis said during an interaction here ahead of KKR’s home match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.

The KKR coach said some players, including captain Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa, had been given a “break” to get over the frustration.

However, he said there was no discussion on Karthik’s captaincy.

Kallis, who admitted that KKR had not been able to seize the momentum in key moments, backed his team to stage a comeback. “We’ve done it before. We have won 11 in a row... Certainly it’s possible and the guys will try hard both off the field and on the field,” he said.