Abu Dhabi: Yet to fire with the bat in the tournament so far, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has admitted that he needs to up his own game in the coming matches of the Indian Premier League.
Young Shubman Gill shone with an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as KKR overwhelmed Sunrsiers Hyderabad by seven wickets for their first win. After making a 23-ball 30 in a losing cause in their tournament opener against Mumbai Indians, Karthik failed to open his account on Saturday.
While he was delighted with his team’s convincing win, Karthik, who was dismissed for a three-ball duck, said he will look to get going in the coming matches. “One duck doesn’t make you a bad player. I need to probably up my game and get a few runs,” Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
He added, “Always good to get on board. We have been working really hard. I think one of the advantages of having all-rounders and it is a privilege to use them whenever I can.” Karthik also praised the performances of his young players.
“The fact that we have been able to groom the youngsters is pleasing. It has been an emotional journey for us with (Kamlesh) Nagarkoti for the last couple of years. “But credit to the management to have stuck to him. It feels good to see the youngsters doing well. I want Gill to enjoy his journey in cricket,” he said.