IPL 2019: Katich admits to tension in KKR dugout

Andre Russell’s outburst about Kolkata Knight Riders’ problems was as big a talking point as his unbelievable power-hitting in the IPL 12th edition.

Minutes after Knight Riders’ campaign ended on Sunday night, assistant coach Simon Katich stressed the need to address the issues.

“Can’t hide from the fact that there was tension. That was pretty evident from the last few games. We’ve got to address that as a group. What is so important in the IPL is the dynamics of the group and I guess the unity. That’s something that KKR is very, very proud of,” Katich said.

“It’s a very successful franchise and it’s something that everyone involved has worked very, very hard to contribute to over a long period of time. That’s something we have to certainly work to get better at, because there’s no doubt that throughout this campaign, the dynamic within our group has certainly changed,” he said.

After winning four of the first five games — Knight Riders lost track with a six-match losing spree. It left the team in a must-win situation to sneak into the playoffs at the most challenging venue.

Katich underlined the Knight Riders’ inability to win home games as the key reason for the exit.


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