Kallis: 'Teams sometimes struggle to chase small totals in T20'

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis talks about his team's mistakes in its last game against Kings XI Punjab, its approach for the reminder of the Indian Premier League and more.

“We have pretty much qualified for the play-offs. It’s a different kind of pressure now," said Jacques Kallis about Kolkata Knight Riders.   -  PTI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief coach Jacques Kallis, after his team failed to chase 168 versus Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in its last game, said that teams can sometimes struggle to chase easy targets in T20.

“In T20 sometimes, crazy totals are being chased out while on some occasions, you are not able to overcome easy targets. You don’t win all matches in T20. We are learning lessons from that,” Kallis said.

KKR has lost three of its last four games.

“We will take some valuable lessons (from the defeats) going into the next game. The guys are ready to come back from that. Hopefully, we can put up a good performance in the next game.”

“I firmly believe we let ourselves down in the last game. We got off to a great start,” he said of the match against KXIP.

KKR has got some great starts this season and Kallis believes that it was one game (previous one), where they couldn’t build on the momentum.

“The platform has been well set throughout the season. We have had very good starts and most of the times we have converted them. But in the last game, like I said, we let ourselves down.”

“We have pretty much qualified for the play-offs. It’s a different kind of pressure now. We have still got one game to go. Again, it’s not about the season but worrying about the next game. We don’t think too far ahead, just try and plan for the next game,” Kallis said.

Kallis was accompanied by his deputy Simon Katich, bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, physical trainer Adrian le Roux and the New Zealand pair of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme in playing golf along with corporates in a charity event at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

“It’s a great way to unwind when you are in a pressure situation, especially to get away for a couple of hours and hit the golf course. Some read books, some play golf. It’s important to get balance,” Kallis said.

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