Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Dinesh Karthik was a distraught one after beginning their campaign on a disappointing note. The Dinesh Karthik-led side sustained a 49-run loss to Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi, ending the latter’s six-match losing streak in the UAE. Pat Cummins, whose outing was particularly a disappointing one, has received support from Dinesh Karthik.
Pat Cummins, who fetched a jaw-dropping amount of INR 15.5 crores in the auction, conceded 49 runs in three overs and was the most expensive of the lot. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma greeted the Australian speedster with a couple of maximums in his first over. Overall, Cummins went for three fours and four sixes; however, displayed his exploits with the bat.
According to Dinesh Karthik, it is unfair to judge Pat Cummins based on one match and having got permission to play a few hours ago. Karthik acknowledged Cummins’ presence as a delight to them and placed faith on the 26-year old to bounce back moving forward.
“It is very unfair to judge him right now, he is just off quarantine and he got permission at 3:34 to play the match. We are happy to have him and I do not think this is the game where we need to judge him at all. He is a world champion bowler. I trust him completely and I am sure he will make a good comeback,” Karthik stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Dinesh Karthik opens up on KKR’s batting order for the upcoming games:
Mumbai Indians’ seamers put Kolkata’s batting line-up under pressure early on as the likes of Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russell all struggled to get going. Pat Cummins, who slammed Jasprit Bumrah for four sixes in a cameo of 33, was KKR’s top-run scorer. Karthik, who managed 30 runs, stated that the batting order depends upon the game and what score they are chasing.
“It all depends on the game and the score that we are chasing and what we are doing at any point of time,” the 35-year old added.