KKR vs RR: Shouldn’t get carried away by our youngsters’ performance, cautions Dinesh Karthik

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Updated: October 1, 2020 11:36:07 am

Dinesh Karthik with Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkot after their win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. (BCCI/IPL)

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik finds it heartening that his group’s younger weapons have raised the bar with match-winning IPL performances however doesn’t wish to “get carried away” and put additional burden on the gifted bunch because the match progresses.

Rising opener Shubman Gill carried out nicely in each of KKR’s wins in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad (70 not out) and Rajasthan Royals (47) whereas his U-19 India teammates Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti ran via Royals’ line-up.

The KKR skipper praised the trio however with a word of warning.

“Definitely, I think the fact that these young boys are doing well is very good. I don’t think we should get too carried away and, you know, make it a lot about them, just the fact that they’re doing well is very good,” Karthik stated throughout the post-match digital interplay right here.

For Karthik, it can be crucial that his children don’t really feel the additional strain as they go deep into the match.

“I don’t want to add pressure on them by making them feel that they are the ones that we are dependent on… There are fabulous cricketers around them as well who will play a role and make them look even better than what they are.”

KKR vs RR, IPL 2020 Varun Chakaravarthy of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates the wicket of Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals. (BCCI/IPL)

Mavi grabbed the 2 huge wickets of Jos Buttler and in-form Sanju Samson in his match-winning present, whereas Nagarkoti ripped the center order with two wickets — Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag — in 4 deliveries to derail the Royals in a difficult chase of 175.

At the 2018 public sale, Nagarkoti, then 18, was snapped up for Rs 3.2 crore, whereas Mavi, 19, commanded a value of Rs 3 crore.

But the younger quicks endured some harm setbacks, particularly Nagarkoti who was dominated out of two seasons however KKR continued to repose religion in them.

“I’ve been wanting to see them since the time they played the (2018 U-19) World Cup and now it’s just great to see them both on the field.”

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“To see these boys out there playing for us, representing our franchise, the fact that we’ve stuck with them and to see them out there makes us so happy. The fact that they’re bowling well and fielding well is a bonus,” Karthik stated.

The children now are within the elite firm of world’s numero uno Test bowler Pat Cummins and Karthik believes it will make a “massive difference”.

“Cummins is a rare position mannequin for everyone. To have a participant like him round is a confidence-booster as a result of. He’s so good with the younger children and he’s simply nice to have across the group.

“I think the boys are learning a lot. The fact that he’s interacting with all these guys not only on-the-field but making a genuine effort off-the-field makes a massive difference.”

Karthik additionally hailed the group’s thriller spinner Varun Chakravarthy who bagged two wickets to assist KKR limit the Royals for 137/9.

“The poor guy had a few injuries but I’m really happy to see him. He’s from Chennai so obviously I’m really fond of him for the fact that we are both playing together. He had a few doubts because of his injury but I’m just happy to see him out there,” Karthik stated.

KKR subsequent face Delhi Capitals of their fourth match on Saturday.

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