Dinesh Karthik, the skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has spoken in support of his premium fast bowler Pat Cummins, who went for 49 off his 3 overs in KKR’s first 2020 IPL game against the Mumbai Indians. According to Karthik, it is unfair on Cummins that people are judging his calibre just after one bad performance.
“It is very unfair to judge him (Cummins) right now,” Karthik said. “He is just off quarantine, he got permission to come and play the match itself at 3.30-4 pm. We are just happy to have him and I don’t think this is a game where we need to judge him at all. Just the fact that he is a world champion bowler, from whatever I have heard and seen he is one of the best going around in the world. I trust him and I’m sure, he will come good.”
Cummins completed his mandatory 6-day quarantine period just a couple of hours before the game.
Karthik commended Uttar Pradesh pacer and 2018 U19 World Cup winner Shivam Mavi, who returned the most economical figures in 4 overs for KKR on the night with figures of 2/32.
“Upfront he (Mavi) was very good,” Karthik said. The poor guy missed out due to an injury last year and he is looking forward to this competition and he is shaping up well and that’s a good sign for KKR.”
Karthik also talked about the ploy to have Andre Russell come in at No. 6, terming it as strategic. When Russell walked in to bat in the 12th over, Knight Riders needed 118 off 50 balls. “I think it is a strategy because it is done universally because it is not easy for a bowler to bowl consistently to a left-hander and a right-hander,” he said. “Even if they get their line a little wrong, it could go for runs. Because we have the advantage of doing that, sometimes we tend to do that.”