Good all-round performance: Kallis

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder says run-chase against Deccan Chargers was well-planned

By Akshay Manwani
Cuttack 23 April 2012
The Kolkata Knight Riders jumped to the third spot in the IPL 2012 table after a five-wicket win against the Deccan Chargers. This was KKR’s second consecutive win of the tournament coming right after their eight-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab a few nights ago.

Jacques Kallis, who anchored KKR’s run-chase with a 24-ball 23 in today’s game, spoke of his team’s performance in an exclusive interview with

The match got a bit tight at the end. Would you have liked a better chase?

We planned it pretty well. It was not an easy wicket to play on, and things went pretty much according to plan. It was a good chase and a good all-round performance.

Kumar Sangakkara said he would have batted had he won the toss. Did you make the decision to field with an eye on the weather?

We would have probably looked to bat as well. It was a 50-50 decision. I don’t think the wicket changed too much throughout the game. We’ve chased pretty well lately, so the guys had it under control.

What are your thoughts on Yusuf Pathan?

He is a world-class player and the way he plays is high risk. It’s just a matter of time when he plays a massive innings for us and wins us a game. If guys back him, I have no doubt that he will come in and play a world-class innings.

It was a home game for DC, but the way crowd was supporting you, it looked like it was your home ground.

Yes. It’s strange, but we have been playing some good cricket and we have some good characters in the team. So it was nice to get that support, especially when it’s an away game.

You play KKR again in Kolkata day after tomorrow; do we expect the same result?

It a rough turnaround. We travel tomorrow, [and] play the next day. It’s pretty late tonight. It’s going to be hard. They are a good side. They just haven’t got things going for them at the moment. This tournament is all about momentum. We want to keep the momentum, and hopefully, we can keep on playing the type of cricket that we know we can play.

Are you happy with your own form?

Yes, happy at the moment. [It is a] slightly different role [this time]. Happy with what I am doing with the bat and the ball. As long as I am contributing, and we are winning games, I’m pretty happy.
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