Karthik hails KXIP opening stand

Hailing the fine display by the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) openers Chris Gayle and K.L. Rahul, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik said his team had a “bad day” being unable to find a solution against the explosive batting display by the opposition batsmen.

Dinesh Karthik plays a shot against Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata on Saturday.   -  AFP

Hailing the fine display by the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) openers Chris Gayle and K.L. Rahul, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik said his team had a “bad day” being unable to find a solution against the explosive batting display by the opposition batsmen.

“It was a bad day for us. I fell it was not about (Chris) Gayle alone, K.L. (Rahul) also played a fabulous knock,” Karthik said referring to the 116-run opening wicket stand. Despite having one of the best combination of spinners in his side, Karthik said it is difficult to stop Gayle on a day when he decides to go against the opposition attack. “There is not a pattern to get him (Gayle) out that teams have found out yet. He is batting really well you got to accept that,” Karthik said.

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Admitting that the run making became a bit slow towards the end, the KKR captain said the team was let down by the bowlers. “I feel 191 got a little less. We could have got 10-12 runs moiré but cannot expect the tail-enders to do it for us. But more importantly, we did not bowl well enough to defend it,” Karthik said.

The KKR captain renewed his support for the VJD method (Jayadevan’s System) as the better alternative for the current Duckworth Lewis method. “I have always thought that the VJD is good method when used in our domestic tournaments. It is proven to be a really good method. Why not think about VJD here and promote it in IPL,” Karthik said adding that the Duckworth Lewis method has a lot of shortcomings.

Mayank Agarwal, the KXIP batsman, termed his team’s win a concerted effort. “(Chris) Gayle brings in a lot of firepower but with (K.L.) Rahul batting equally well, it has strengthened our opening stand. If you have a good opening stand, it always gives an advantage over the opposition,” Agarwal said.