Mumbai, May 1: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowler Tim Southee has said adamantly that frequent team changes are not ideal in a tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL) but, at times, it becomes a necessity when the team is not winning.
The two-time IPL champions, after starting the 2022 season strong, have lost five games in a row and languish at No. 8 in the points table with just six points. They are only above Mumbai Indians (10th) and Chennai Super Kings (9th).
The team has tried various opening combinations but has been unsuccessful as their decline continues. Southee, however, said ahead of another crucial game against Rajasthan Royals on Monday at the Wankhede that his team will try to “make the most of” the upcoming games and “give their best”. They lost a low-scoring game against Delhi Capitals at the same venue on April 28, with the team stumbling to 35/4 in the eighth with the pairing of Aaron Finch and Venkatesh Iyer making just nine runs between them as they became fifth. . opening combination to be tested this season before Nitish Rana’s half-century saw the team finish at 146/9.
“We tried some opening combinations and there are no bad players in the IPL, they are all class acts. The guys, who opened, have pure class as well. So it’s just about the guys finding the form and running.” with guys that have found form,” Southee said as the team prepares for the Royals’ challenge.
“The shear and shifting nature isn’t ideal, but that happens when you’re not winning a lot of games.” Southee added that the bowlers were also doing a good job, but luck was not on their side.
“I think we’ve bowled well at times, but like I said, we get in a position where we need one more wicket and then the game changes on our momentum, but we just haven’t been able to grab that,” he said. New Zealander. Pacer said.
“I think you look at the likes of Umesh (Yadav), he has pitched extraordinarily well throughout the tournament and Sunil (Narine) has obviously shown his class but we just need a couple of other guys to go with them. We know that at T20 cricket It’s very difficult at times when you feel like you’ve played well, but on these pitches with a shorter side it can be difficult at times, but we have to pick ourselves up and make the most of the next few games we have and try to put our best foot forward.” Captain Shreyas Iyer also emphasized the need to back up instinct and play an aggressive style of cricket.
“I think we need to stick to what we have at the moment. We need to play a bit of fearless cricket and not be too conservative in terms of our decision-making. With five more matches remaining, we need to play our hearts out and give it our all for the franchise.
“We need to tell them to stop thinking (too much), to forget about acting in the past. Just start over and back up your instincts. The preparation has been spot on for everyone, it’s just that the mindset I feel you in I need to sit down. and think about what I can do well. Being overconfident. Even if you’re wrong, it’s okay.”