Kallis: ‘Hope to improve our fielding’

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis said he was surprised to see the fielding lapses which contributed in the side’s defeat to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Sunday night.

Jacques Kallis said his team has some “good plans” to fill Lynn’s void against KXIP.   -  PTI

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis said he was surprised to see the fielding lapses which contributed in the side’s defeat to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Sunday night.

Kallis said KKR must improve its fielding in its first home match, against Kings XI Punjab, at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. “It's surprising. We pride ourselves in our fielding. It is an area we have been pretty good at last couple of seasons. I think it's much of a mindset. We know that's an issue. Hopefully, we can improve on that. For me, it's such an area that we really want to improve,” said Kallis.

Agreeing that the loss to Mumbai in dewy conditions was a setback, the South African said, “It has happened at the early part of the season. We would learn from it. I think lessons were learnt.”

Asked about top order batsman Chris Lynn’s injury status, Kallis said, “He has gone for his scans. It's not as bad as we thought. Our medical staff is working overtime to see how quickly we can get him ready. Good chance that he will still play a role in this season for us. It's too early to assess. We are not going to rush him. When he feels he's ready to play and our medical staff qualify that he has the possibility of playing, we will certainly play him.”

Kallis said his team has some “good plans” to fill Lynn’s void against KXIP, which is a "dangerous and well-balanced side."

Kallis said KKR had played a few warm-up matches prior to the tournament to get used to the relaid Eden Gardens pitch.