Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to emulate their 2021 turnaround when they won five out of their last seven games after managing just two wins in the first seven to storm into the IPL playoffs. That would mean playing in front of the Eden Gardens crowd since the Qualifier 1 and Eliminator will be held in Calcutta.
The Shreyas Iyer-led team has slipped after a good start in this edition, losing their last four matches. They are now placed eighth in the standings with three wins from eight matches.
“We just got to know the qualifiers are at the Eden Gardens so we’ll put in our 100 per cent effort to see to it that we win the games and go out there and entertain the fans,” captain Shreyas, in his first year in KKR colours, said.
“The atmosphere has been amazing right from the start. The results are part and parcel of the game and definitely, the way we have been preparing as a team it is simply outstanding and people are putting in hard yards to see to it we win matches.
“It is unfortunate that the results aren’t going our way.... It’s just time to execute the right things at the right time.”
Shreyas expressed optimism for a turnaround, saying the two-time champions would be “unstoppable as a team” once they get into their groove.
“We got off to a really good start with three wins out of four games but after that things didn’t go well for us but I still believe in the team,” Shreyas said.
“We are ticking all the boxes to get on to the field and win matches. It’s just the execution part (where we are lacking). It’s just a matter of time… once we get going, we will be unstoppable as a team,” he said.