IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Dinesh Karthik keeping an eye on U-19 quicks after Vinay Kumar's poor show

R Vinay Kumar has been the weakest link among KKR pacers. His lack of pace has hurt Karthik even more in the absence of an injured Mitchell Starc.

PTI, Apr 13, 2018 21:31:44 IST

R Vinay Kumar's run-leak may have been a concern for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but skipper Dinesh Karthik is confident that he has enough ammunition in his armoury in terms of fast-bowling talent as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, in Kolkata on Saturday..

R Vinay Kumar has been the weakest link among KKR pacers leaking 65 runs from 3.5 overs at an economy of 16.95 in two matches. His lack of pace has hurt KKR even more in the absence of an injured Mitchell Starc.

File image of KKR. Sportzpics

File image of KKR. Sportzpics

"Look to be fair to him (Vinay), I think he bowled some real pressure overs in both the games. But having said that, I know he is a strong character and he will come back strong," he said.

While Karthik defended an out-of-form Vinay, he did drop hints that he is looking at other options, such as Under-19 World Cup-winning fast bowlers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

"(Andre) Russell bowling some good pace and that's a very good sign for us. (Tom) Curran bowled well considering it was his first game. Mitchell Johnson is there and there are (Kamlesh) Nagarkoti and (Shivam) Mavi. So we have pace in the kitty," the KKR skipper said.

There are indications that one among Mavi or Nagarkoti might get a look-in but Karthik wasn't ready to divulge his choice.

Nagarkoti and Mavi were seen going all out at the nets under the watchful eyes of bowling coach Heath Streak.

"At this point, I can't say whether we are going for Nagarkoti or Mavi. We will think about it tonight and decide on the combination" Karthik said.

The skipper also informed that Mitchell Johnson is fit and available for the next game.

Updated Date: Apr 13, 2018 21:31:44 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254