Ajay Jadeja said that Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders got caught in their own maze as they failed to secure a spot in their final league match against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. Jadeja added that the 2012 champions did not play in the manner they should have which was disappointing for fans.
It’s been a long night for Kolkata Knight Riders’ fans who have had to deal with their beloved team being ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League. The 2012 and 2014 IPL champions were beaten by Mumbai Indians by an embarrassing nine-wicket margin at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night.
Former India batsman and KKR player, Ajay Jadeja, was critical in his opinion of the performance of Dinesh Karthik & Co. who enjoyed a bright start to the 2019 season. Jadeja, who now acts a commentator and expert, said that the Kolkata-based franchise got stuck in their own maze and last night’s result was the end product of that.
"This all began in the first match of the season since Nitish Rana came out to open for the injured Sunil Narine. They played with the batting order throughout the course of the season which saw the likes of Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa move up and down in the batting line-up. They got stuck in their own maze as do so many IPL teams. I believe what happened last night at the Wankhede Stadium was the end of that cycle," Jadeja said in Cricbuzz Live discussion.
Jadeja, who represented India in 196 ODI matches, added that KKR fans were disappointed at their team’s approach during the loss to Mumbai last night.
"I’ve seen how sad KKR fans are. They will definitely be disappointed with the approach that the team took. The fans are used to see their team come out fighting but unfortunately Dinesh Karthik & Co. looked timid last night. They were unsure whether Andre Russell should come in or not and when his replacement did come in, he did not play in the manner that they should have," Jadeja added.
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