Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders may look like a divided house with the team practising without skipper Dinesh Karthik on the eve of their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals but West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite Wednesday said they still have a healthy dressing room.
KKR found themselves on the brink of elimination with five losses in a row, the latest coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday as the team think tank chose to give their under performing India players, including skipper Karthik, some days’ break.
Karthik, along with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill who were training in Mumbai, checked in late in the evening but Brathwaite said the mood in the camp was absolutely fine.
“I think the mood in the camp is good. We are still teasing each other. As a professional player, you cannot allow results to alter your demeanour or your mindset,” Brathwaite said.
“If you allow that then the remaining four games will be even harder. We still laugh out at each other. We are still a healthy dressing room. I feel privilege to be part of it. I still enjoy coming to work practising and realising the game better.”
Most of the team’s regular players in the playing XI were not seen in the match-eve practice, and the Windies T20 skipper, who has played just one match this season, was sent for the media interaction. Brathwaite said the KKR team do not have a leadership group per se and anyone who is a born-leader can contribute.
“If you are a leader by nature, then that will come on in whatever you say, and do, and how you say things and how you do it. I’ve been speaking in team meetings, speaking to the coach, to the captain to the manager. I think a leader is natural, it’s something that happens. I see myself as one.”
KKR’s biggest letdown this season has been their bowling department as they have not been able to give regular breakthroughs. “I just don’t want to single out bowling unit because as a team we haven’t played cricket collectively that we want. I don’t think we batted as well as we want. It will be unfair to single out the bowlers,” he said.