Karthik: ‘Surprised at the way GL lost the match’

The Gujarat Lions wicket-keeper acknowledged Kolkata Knight Riders’ quality batting that gave it a 10-wicket win on Friday.

Gujarat Lions assistant coach Sitanshu Kotak and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik address the media after their team’s loss on Friday.   -  Faheem Hussain/IPL/Sportzpics

Dinesh Karthik expressed surprise at Gujarat Lions’ heavy loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. “It’s the first match of the tournament so you don’t know what they’re going to do. What really surprised me was the way we lost the match. I mean they really batted very well,” he remarked after the match.

“I think Dwayne Smith has bowled brilliantly for us last year and he’s been doing that for consistently. It was a one-off day for the whole team. So, it’s hard to pin point and say that the eleven could have been different,” Karthik commented. “It’s early days in the tournament and it’s important to come back well,” he added.

“That’s what this sport is all about. Getting ready after setbacks within no time. We’re going to start all over again and put our best foot forward day after tomorrow,” he said. “Jadeja and (Dwayne) Bravo are irreplaceable cricketers. I mean they’re quality cricketers and if they were there they would have surely made a difference,” Karthik said.

“However, the team that was out there in the park was also a very good team. Credit to Gautam and Lynn, they batted really well. You got to give credit where it’s due and they played really well,” said a graceful Karthik.

‘Sixes at will’

“It wouldn’t be right to say that out bowlers bowled poorly. They were hitting sixes at will even on good deliveries. So, when you get hammered even after bowling a good ball, it gets extremely difficult to bowl the next one,” said Karthik, who is having a wonderful run with the bat this season.

“You need to think of what changes you can make to your line and length. So, it’s very harsh to say that the bowling line wasn’t right but yes, we could have bowled better. But you’ve got to give credit to them. They’ve played brilliant cricket,” he observed.

“Gujarat Lions has always been the team that has batted well. So, it’s important to carry forward that momentum with our batting and look to do those slight mental shifts while getting better with our bowling as well,” Karthik concluded.