Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis seems quite satisfied with his team’s outstanding back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals, which helped KKR race upto the second spot in the points table as of now.
Now, the two-time IPL champions are looking to put another same show on Saturday (21 April) when they will lock horns against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Eden Gardens, says Kallis.
In his column for Times of India, Kallis wrote, “Two outstanding victories have put us back on track, but you can never take your eye off the ball in this game – literally and metaphorically. We have to give it another mighty push on Saturday against the in-form Kings XI.”
The KKR coach was seen highly impressed with the West Indian Andre Russell, who is outstanding with willow in the tournament at the moment, especially with his 12-ball 41 runs knock against the DD.
While praising Andre, South African great added, “Andre Russell is seeing the cricket ball as big as a soccer ball at the moment. What a staggering intervention against Delhi! We were comfortably heading towards a total of around 175-180 when he arrived at the crease. He smashed six out of 11 balls for six and was out to the 12th. Wow. Just wow,”
Kallis signed off by saying, “One of the most pleasing aspects of our start is the number of players who have contributed and the fact that we are not relying on certain individuals. Having said that, you just can’t stop certain guys from performing, like Sunny Narine, who has been in prolific form with bat and ball. Only those who have seen him regularly behind the scenes will know just how much work he has put in to remodel his action and remain effective. I don’t think he’s as good as ever – I think he’s better than ever. We are very fortunate to have him.”