IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik reveals why he was angry with KKR teammates

Dinesh Karthik was happy to live to fight another day as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Friday but he was far from happy earlier in the evening. In fact, he was angry, really angry with his players as they tried to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.

Sandeep Warrier had dismissed dangerous Kings XI Punjab openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle early but KKR became sloppy and Sunil Narine was seemingly disappointed with something on the field. Last month, Andre Russell had questioned the team’s decision-making and from the outside, it looked like not all was well in the KKR camp.

On Friday, after the first timeout in the KXIP innings, Dinesh Karthik gathered his men around and gave them a public dressing-down as coach Jacques Kallis looked on. It was obviously impossible to make out what Karthik told his players but it was clear the conversation was anything but pleasant.

KKR’s players looked sullen as their captain spoke to them. But they rallied around to chase down 184 with 7 wickets left as Shubman Gill led the charge on his home ground in front of his family with an unbeaten 65. KKR, who had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season then went on to lose 6 in a row. Now, they have defeated Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in back-to-back matches and are well on course to the playoffs.

Dinesh Karthik is not known to show angry outbursts and it was a bit of a surprise to see him lay into his players in full public glare. Speaking to the host broadcaster in the post-match presentation ceremony, Dinesh Karthik revealed why he lost his cool.

“It has been a hard few days. I wasn’t too happy with the way the bowlers and the fielders were doing, so I thought I should let the boys know what I felt at that time.

“It is rare, not many people have seen me angry. If I feel I need to be angry to get the best out of the boys, they maybe,” he said.

Dinesh Karthik conceded KKR gave away too many runs but he lauded Sam Curran whose unbeaten 55 helped KXIP set the visitors a stiff target. But Karthik was happy his batsmen did the job for the team yet again.

“The last over went for 10 runs too many, but we have to give it to Sam Curran. IPL is that kind of a tournament where someone comes in and scores runs for you, so there’s that balance. It’s a big ground, but we did the small things well. (We) ran well, put pressure on the bowlers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik had a word of praise for Shubman Gill who hit his 2nd successive fifty in the 2019 Indian Premier League and the third of the season. Many experts felt Gill, a top-order batsman, was batting far too low down the order and his promotion has helped the young batsman.

“It’s fair that we have given Gill a chance at the top of the order, and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands,” Karthik said.

Kolkata Knight Riders play their last league game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.


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