Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer accepted too much chopping and changing was affecting the team’s performance.
“It’s been really difficult for the last few games because we are not able to set the right opening pair... lot of chopping and changing is happening... some of the players are getting injured in between the games. It’s really difficult to have a stable batting line-up as well as bowling,” Shreyas said.
“When you are playing this league, you need to have the right combination right from the first game. If you click, you can take it from there. I think we need to stick with what we’ve got right now and play some fearless cricket… not be very conservative in terms of decision-making. We have five matches remaining, so we need to play our hearts out and give everything for the team.”
Asked how it was possible to play fearless cricket when players weren’t performing, Shreyas said: “I think we need to tell them to stop thinking. Forget about performances in the past. Just start afresh and back your instincts.
“It’s just the mindset where you need to sit back and just think what I can do right... Even if you go wrong, it’s all right.”
Shreyas lauded Umesh Yadav. “He started off pretty well with a wicket. After that, he went for 11 runs in an over. But after that he came back and gave us two wickets... He’s been one of those guys who has given me special moments in the game.
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant accepted that their ploy to not give Kuldeep Yadav a fourth over didn’t pay off. “I was thinking of giving him another over... But then the ball was getting wet and we thought it’s better to give it to a fast bowler. I also wanted a change in pace. It didn’t work in our favour but it’s part and parcel of the game,” Pant said.