It was yet another disappointing loss for our team. More than the loss, I feel gutted looking at the margins of these defeats — a 52-run loss to the Daredevils and a seven-wicket defeat to Auckland with 14 balls remaining. I can’t possibly express my feelings in words and apologise to all you KKR fans for these absolutely shambolic outings.
We were 72 for one at the start of the ninth over and by the end of 10th, we were struggling at 72 for four. Once again, the momentum deserted us and we could never get it back. It is disappointing for me that a champion team like KKR could not turn it around. The teams that do this consistently leave an impact. They are the ones who leave legacies, like the West Indians did or the Australians did in the second half of the 90s and most part of the last decade.
LACK OF FIGHT
I have played all my life as a fighter without much support. And that is why it was disappointing to see the lack of fight from my team last night. Yes, Azhar Mahmood bowled a brilliant 10th over. Yes, he broke our backs. Yes that changed the game for us, but I think we should have fought a little more.
I know there was a lot of talk around us leaving out Brett Lee for the last game and play Shakib-Al-Hasan. The thought behind this decision was Auckland’s inability to play spin. I still stand by that decision as there was moisture in the pitch and Shakib’s deliveries were gripping and turning. But, maybe, it was not his day yesterday. It was Mahmood all the way. I think his elevation was also a good move by the opposition as they were out to negate our spin advantage.
Now, we are in Durban; it is not as cold as Cape Town. Hopefully, we can turn on the heat against the Perth Scorchers. They have a balanced side, but we have a bruised self-pride, which, I am sure, is good to put up a much better show in the next game.
We had a decent hit in the nets today and I once again had an extensive net session. I was moving well and middling everything.
We haven’t thought about the composition of the team as yet, but I am not a big believer in wholesale changes. I think what the players need is a consistent selection policy and a fair run. Yes, winning is important and that is the only thing, but, KKR is all about giving a congenial environment to the players to perform at the their best.
360 Corporate Relations. The writer is the KKR skipper.