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IPL 2019: Trying, but results not going our way, says Dinesh Karthik

His team’s PlayOff chances all but over after six consecutive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said questions will come up about him and the team but that will not deter both from “setting things right”.

“Obviously when the results do not go your way these questions (about captaincy) will be asked. But as a team we are trying to do a lot of things right.

Tough thing to mend

“It is my job to lead from the front. But sometimes the results do not go your way. So, it is obviously always a tough thing to mend,” the KKR skipper said after losing the sixth match, against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens.

“There are no things that we are not attending to. We are trying to keep everybody in good space and making sure the dressing room is good and they all trust in the leader.

“But the fact is that we try hard as a team and I have belief in my boys that we will come back stronger,” Karthik said after his unbeaten 97 failed to get KKR the win it was desperately looking for.

“I think the bowling overall has been found wanting a little bit definitely and the batting as well… That is why we are not been able to close out the games,” Karthik said about his team’s repeated failures.

County stint helps

Rajasthan Royals pacer Varun Aaron, who impressed with his pace and control with the new ball (3-1-10-2), said his stint with the County side Leicestershire helped him a lot. “I have been bowling in-swing but it is coming off a lot better after my county stint,” Aaron said adding that he will be returning to his county side after the IPL.

Aaron said the team never felt the match was lost and kept trying to reach the target. “At no point we thought that the game was lost as the Eden Gardens has such a fast outfield. We were just like three or four hits away and it came off well,” Aaron said.

Source: thehindu.com

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