Dinesh Karthik picked up the first win as Kolkata Knights riders captain, as KKR beats beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 4 wickets in an Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
Sunil Narine, Man of the Match: It’s good to get the ball rolling in the first game. The support staff and everyone gave me a chance to open the batting again. I wouldn’t see myself as an opening batsman, but whatever the team requires of me I’m happy to do, whether it’s up the order or down the order. Whatever role the team wants me to play, I’m happy to do it. If I get out first ball, that’s okay, that gives a lot more pressure on the fielding team and less on me. It’s (the pitch) not as it was before, but it’s a good cricket wicket, whatever you do on the field, it’s gonna benefit you.
Dinesh Karthik: Feels very good. Good to get off to a good start, everybody needs it and I’m no different. I just felt at that point [During the powerplay] of time it was coming out too well for the fast bowlers, so I thought I will try and bring little bit of risk so that it will take a little bit of time for them to play the shots. When AB and Virat were playing it was tough, they were too good and they are two great players. Just wished for their wickets after they got starts and we got lucky I guess. We just prayed to God that he [Narine] plays a few balls I mean he is been doing that pretty well. It’s very important that he gets us off to a good start. We all play for the crowd and they came in big numbers. We would love to play for a team like this and the crowd like this.
Virat Kohli: I think we were 15 short with the bat. I played too many dot balls and couldn’t get any momentum going. Me and AB getting out in 2 balls to a part-timer was a game-changing event. Sunil took the game away from us with the way he batted. If you are giving 13 an over in the first overs on that sort of a wicket, it’s very difficult to comeback. It’s difficult for the spinners to bowl on this pitch, the fast bowlers get some purchase and you can score runs as well. It has become a really good cricket wicket over the last couple of years. We made a pretty good game out of it, to drag it till the 19th over and take those wickets was a big positive