I wasn’t happy with my bowlers and fielders: Karthik

Vastavam web: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik is not known to lose his cool for on-field lapses but he doesn’t mind letting it rip occasionally if it can bring the best out of his players. During Friday’s must-win away match against Kings XI Punjab, Karthik lost his cool at the innings break as his bowlers and fielders didn’t execute his plans properly.

When asked about his frayed temper, the KKR skipper admitted that he wasn’t happy with his bowlers and fielders. KKR fast bowler Sandeep Warrier said that the skipper was urging his men to be on toes during crunch situations.

“He (Karthik) was telling us to be on our toes as it was a must-win game for us. He was telling us to focus on every ball,” said Warrier, who got the wickets of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. The skipper however was all praise for young Shubman Gill, who scored an unbeaten 65 off 49 balls to anchor the chase of 184.

“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. It’s a big ground, but we did the small things well. We ran well between the wickets, put pressure on the bowler and it was good execution from the batsmen,” Karthik said.