Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis backs his team to finish in the top two spots after having four wins from eight games at the halfway mark.

Meanwhile, Kolkata is coming back from a fantastic win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They will look to continue the momentum when they square off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Eden Garden on May 3.

However, the injury of Nitish Rana will hurt the squad if he can’t make it to the squad. Kallis feels every team has injury worries and there is nothing to make much out of it. He also added the IPL is an intense tournament and everybody has to get with it.

We have injury concerns but so do most other teams. The moment you start regretting the loss of players or start making excuses, is the moment you run the risk of losing the plot. Everybody has to get on with it – injuries are a test of the contingency plans you have put in place,” Kallis wrote in TOI.

Jacques Kallis, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Team India, South Africa
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Kallis backs KKR for a top two finish

The former South African cricketer admits that a top-two finish is still their priority. Kallis also admitted that its high time we go all out in our games.

It is always a huge game against Chennai. MS [Dhoni] has been grabbing the headlines on a regular basis but the team is so much more than him. A top-two finish is still our priority but the old cliché is truer than ever – one game at a time. But there is no need to keep anything in the tank now – it’s time to start pushing with everything we have,” he added.

Kolkata Knight Riders
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The Kolkata coach also added that this team has the capability of winning games on a trot saying that he is happy with the start.

Naturally, every team prefers to have a healthy win/lose ratio but I’m not too unhappy with a 4:4 record at this stage of the tournament. I regard it as a solid platform from which we can push for a top-two finish,” he concluded.

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