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IPL Staff in Mohali 17 April 2012 - 08:31pm IST

Batting is a concern: Bayliss

Kolkata Knight Riders coach says his team’s batting has let them down

Kolkata Knight Riders are still reeling from their capitulation against Kings XI Punjab a few nights ago at the Eden Gardens. In that game KKR failed to chase down a target of 135 despite having eight wickets in hand after 10 overs. Coach Trevor Bayliss, therefore, admitted to being concerned with the form of his batting unit ahead of KKR’s second clash with KXIP in IPL 2012 on April 18 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Excerpts from Bayliss’ media interaction:

On KKR not being able to afford a loss in their next few outings:


We would have liked to have won our last game. It was a close game. This year’s going to be a lot closer competition than last year. There are a few teams that have strengthened up from last year. It will be interesting to see where it finishes up at the end of the 16 rounds.

On whether he is happy with any team being able to beat any other team:


I’m all for the paying public to watch some close games, not knowing which team is going to win until the last ball. It’s fantastic for the game.

On whether he is concerned by the form of his batsmen:

I’d have to say yes. We’ve got some quality players. We’ve won two out of [last] three matches and we’ve not batted anywhere near our best. The Bangalore match was our best with the bat. If we can bat more like with the bat, we are going to be difficult to beat.

On whether he is happy with the bowling:

Yes, our bowling has done well for us in the five matches. It has been the batting that has let us down. [I am] very happy with all the bowlers – [Lakshmipathy] Balaji, [Sunil] Narine, [Brett] Lee, [Jacques] Kallis has done the job as well. Shakib [Al Hasan] had a good game two games ago. [Rajat] Bhatia keeps it nice and tight. [I am] very happy with the bowling.

On why KKR have lost close matches:


That’s the game of T20. You have to take it on the chin. Some you are going to lose, some you are not. It’s always a little harder to win the close ones when you are not quite on the top of your game. We’re working towards achieving a consistency of good play, which I’m sure every team is striving to do. It’s a case of when you do reach that point, you try and keep it.

On whether there will be any change in the side:


I haven’t seen the wicket out here. But watching the last game here on television, it’s a different wicket from what we get in Kolkata. We haven’t selected the team yet. We’ll sit tonight or probably early tomorrow morning and discuss that. But there is the possibility of some changes. I’m not saying where that might be, but we’ve got to sit down and discuss that.

On what he is doing as a coach to get the team going:


It’s a case of speaking to them and letting them know that they are good players, that they have our support. If they are doing the right things off the field, it’s just a matter of time, matter of concentration that they will come good. These guys are experienced; they know well enough that it could turn around very quickly.

On whether Yusuf Pathan will be dropped or persisted with:

He’s a match-winner. He can turn a match in a blink of an eye. We are showing confidence in him. He’s got the full support of everyone in the team. Everyone knows what a devastating player he can be. It’s only a matter of time before he wins us that game.

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