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IPL 2018: KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik defends giving Shivam Mavi final over

Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Shivam Mavi went for 29 runs in the final over, which all but settled the match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2018 10:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
IPL 2018,Dinesh Karthik,Shivam Mavi
Dinesh Karthik is leading the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik defended his decision to give the last over to rookie pacer Shivam Mavi despite a disastrous result that saw the former champions lose heavily to crisis-hit Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday.

Mavi consistently clocks 140 kph plus and was a key member of India’s U-19 World Cup win in New Zealand this year. But his confidence was punctured by Daredevils skipper Shreyas Iyer, who hammered 28 runs in the final over that went for 29 runs.

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KKR, fourth in the points table and seeking an easy win, lost by 55 runs. The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw struck his maiden fifty (62) and guided the team in the powerplay phase with Kiwi Colin Munro before Iyer blasted a 40-ball 93 not out to pile up 219/4. KKR ended on 164/9.

Skipper Dinesh Karthik chose to bowl first, pinning hopes on the Kolta pitch aiding spin and dew later on, making life difficult for Daredevils bowlers.

“We did all three departments very poorly. Very disappointed, it literally looked like we didn’t turn up for the match,” said the dejected wicketkeeper-batsman.

Mavi right choice

However, Karthik didn’t feel he was wrong in giving the final over to the 19-year-old Mavi. “Look, he is a fast bowler and he is there to do a job. Who else would I have given it to, one of the fast bowlers, not a spinner. You back your fast bowler and he is someone who has been practising death bowling for us.

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“We need to show faith in him and that is how he will grow as a cricketer. We don’t need to protect him. At this stage it is important; even if he gets hit, it’s a learning experience. If we start protecting him, he is never going to grow.

“In life, you get hit, confidence gets a little low, and that is how you learn. I’m sure he will come back a better bowler in good time.”

Nothing wrong chasing

Was KKR trumped by the obsession of teams to chase a target?

“It’s a clear case. If the dew settles in, chasing becomes easy. There is always a little bit of dew towards the end of the game. But today there was no dew, and then chasing becomes that much harder. When there is dew, it is far easier to play shots, even mistimed shots go to the boundary and there is lot of pressure on the bowler.”

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He praised the twin knocks that effectively took the game away from KKR. “Shreyas and Prithvi batted really well. Credit to them, they played some really good shots. We could have bowled better, but lot of credit must go to them.”

KKR now face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 10:25 IST