It will be a Herculean task for them, but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Dinesh Karthik is confident his team can win six of the remaining seven games and advance to the IPL playoffs.
The two-time former champions didn’t have a good run in the first phase of the 2021 IPL as they could only score wins in seven matches.
They languish in the bottom half of the table as the IPL is expected to pick up in the UAE in a few days.
“We want to win six out of seven games (to qualify). It’s that simple. As a team, that’s what we’ll be looking to do. Take one game at a time but try to win six games. out of seven, “Karthik told the KKR website.
The Eoin Morgan-led team will resume their 2021 IPL campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20.
The 2020 edition of IPL saw KKR lose out on the last four positions due to a not-so-healthy net execution rate.
“Last year when we were in the UAE we narrowly missed it (qualifying for the playoffs). We won as many games as the last team won, but we still got it. narrowly missed. Two years at the trot, we were fifth on the table. It’s something that still gnaws at me, “said Karthik.
Karthik, who is back with KKR after a successful stint as a commentator in the UK, insisted the team will focus on the positives and continue to play aggressive cricket.
“KKR is known for playing very positive and aggressive cricket. I want that to come to fruition in the second half. I still think the team spirit is good. We are positive and we have a coach who always inspires us. positivity. ”he said.
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