Dinesh Karthik scored a brilliant half-century guiding his team to victory © IANS
Dinesh Karthik scored a brilliant half-century guiding his team to victory © IANS


Apr 20, 2014


Gary Kirsten has been a great coach and he guided India to the 2011 World Cup and helped India achieve the number one spot on the Test rankings. He is now coaching Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and was credited for being the mastermind behind their victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).


“A lot of credit must go to our coach Kirsten as he’s somebody who doesn’t get too emotional and swayed by things and results,” said Dinesh Karthik in an interview with Gulf News, who played a brilliant knock making 56 runs off 40 balls helping his team end their seven match losing streak.


“He believes in the processes, which is one of the key elements in the IPL. He tells us to believe in processes and keep doing all the back work and keep on doing without stress for all the players.”


When Karthik was asked how he was going to approach the target, he said, “It was a good wicket to bat on. They have a solid bowling attack, no doubt about that. But we have good batters and it’s important that we trust our batters. And we believed that we can get the target.”


Karthik then continued and praised his team-mate JP Duminy for his unbeaten knock of 52 and they also shared a crucial partnership of 58 runs in the middle of the innings


“Duminy is a world-class player. He is able to stand his ground under pressure and hit the big shots when it matters and knock the ball around. He is somebody who is very confident and key to our batting plans. The good thing was that we were in check with the run-rate. It never got too far ahead of us. We were playing good cricketing shots and getting boundaries and we weren’t panicking at any stage and we were running well between wickets. It was a good partnership.”


Dinesh Karthik defended Ross Taylor, who was not able to make any contribution with the bat.


“In the last match against Bangalore, his knock was the key for us because from the stage we were in, to get to 145 was a good effort,” he said. “Ross has played a key role in keeping things in control and towards the end he got a few boundaries. Cricket is a game where you can’t hit every ball. We back him. We know he can win us games and that’s what we believe.


“The good thing is that when you are winning, you don’t need to try too much, you have a winning combination right then and there. It’s only when you don’t do well that everything becomes a problem and whatever you do might go wrong.”


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