Mohali: Three defeats in five matches notwithstanding, Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss is optimistic that the team would be able to stage a turn around in IPL-V.
The Australian assured the fans that there’s no reason to panic after the two-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab, at the Eden, on Saturday.
“It was a close game... And we finally lost,” said Bayliss. “I am sure there will be many more close games in the competition. Many teams have strengthened their squads… We, too, have a good side and will soon return to winning ways,” he said.
Bayliss, however, admitted that the Knight Riders’ batting was a matter of concern. “In the last match, at one point of time, we needed 65 runs from 60 balls. We lost a couple of wickets and the batsmen lost the intensity… Then we lost the plot.
“I must give credit to the Kings XI bowlers, but we should not have lost (the match). Our top three batsmen have not done well till date. Only one of them (Gautam Gambhir) could come up with a 50-plus score in the five matches so far,” Bayliss pointed out.
“In a couple of matches, our batsmen played well. In Bangalore, against the Royal Challengers, our batsmen were very good. If they can bat like that, things would become easier.
“Off the field, the guys are doing the right things. All of them are in great shape... It is only a matter of time before it clicks. ”