Calcutta: Delhi DareDevils may be missing the big guns like Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner, Kevin Peterson and Ross Taylor in their Indian Premier League opener, at the Eden, on Thursday, but Kolkata Knight Riders are in no mood to take them lightly.
KKR coach Trevor Bayliss, on Wednesday, said that they will have to be cautious and can’t afford a slip in the very first match.
“We cannot afford to drop points in the very first match. We have to get the best possible start. The first two weeks of the tournament will be very crucial for us. In 15-16 days, we have to play five to six games. So, a good start is extremely important... It will help us to play the rest of our ties with more confidence. We know that they do not have the likes of (Mahela) Jayawardene, (Kevin) Pietersen and others. But, we simply can’t take them lightly.
“In this format, anyone can spring a surprise. So, we have to be careful,” Bayliss said.
The Australian coach has an impressive history in the shortest format of the game – Sydney Sixers won the Big Bash T20 title under his tutelage this season.
He is determined to carry on the good work. “My job is to continue the good work which I have been doing. I will obviously give my inputs. I think the KKR set up is more like a family. Everyone has got a smile on their faces. It’s a good environment to be in. These sort of ambience help the players to produce their best.”
The Eden wicket has been the centre of controversy for quite a long time. But, Bayliss sounded pleased with the pitch. “It is flat, hard and nice. I hope it behaves well on match day,” Bayliss said.