IPL 2019: Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh Karthik

first_img commentary advertisement No data available! graphs view more view lesscenter_img IPL 2019: Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikCaptain Dinesh Karthik was under considerable pressure as Kolkata Knight Riders had suffered a six-match losing streak in IPL 2019. Questions were asked about some of the tactical decisions he had made but Karthik managed to get most things right in their 34-run win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday scorecard Akshay Ramesh KolkataApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 13:30 IST IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik-led KKR kept their playoff chances alive with a win over MI on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik said he tries to keep the morale high in the KKR campKKR snapped a 6-match losing streak after Sunday’s win over MIYou need to keep a smile. You need to be nice to others: KarthikKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said it’s important to make sure his teammates are healthy and in “a great space”, especially when the team is going through a lean patch in a “high octane” tournament like Indian Premier League (IPL).Karthik said he makes it a point to keep negative stuff like back-biting and bickering away from the KKR camp.Karthik’s comments came after Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their six-match losing streak with a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday and kept their chances of qualifying for IPL 2019 playoffs alive.”It’s a high-pressure sport, a high octane tournament and you’ve got to make sure everybody’s in a great space, give them the best chance to do well and stay healthy. A lot of bickering and back-biting can go on in these sorts of situations. I’m very aware of it and make sure nothing like that happens,'” Karthik said.The KKR captain added: “At the end of the day, it’s a game. You play the best that you can. You need to keep a smile. You need to be nice to others. Everybody’s trying hard. I always believe that at the end of the day it’s a game. We all go back home and we need to be happy.”I think they need to make sure they have a great experience playing with me. It shouldn’t be all about, ‘oh that guy was so bad when we lost’. I was very aware of that.”Captain Karthik has been under the pump over several tactical decisions he has taken in IPL 2019. KKR started the season with a bang but slumped to six successive defeats and were in danger of crashing out early until Sunday.advertisementKarthik was questioned over his decision to not give Andre Russell an opportunity at the top of the batting order. Russell himself had said that KKR need flexibility when it comes to batting positions in crunch matches.In the lead up to the must-win match against Mumbai, Russell pointed out how difficult it has been for KKR stars to deal with the losing streak.Russell, who has been in the form of his life, was sent in to bat at No. 3 vs Mumbai Indians on Sunday. The West Indies big-hitter made full use of the opportunity and smashed a 40-ball 80 as KKR posted 232 on the board.Similarly, Shubman Gill, whom many felt was being wasted down the order, came out to open and smashed his career-best IPL score of 76 from just 45 balls.Can’t say I should have been given a chance at the top earlier: GillSpeaking to the media after his match-winning knock, Shubman Gill defended the team’s move to use him as a floater, saying first-choice openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been in good form for KKR in IPL 2019.”Lynn has been opening for so long so we can’t push him down the order and Narine has been doing very well too. So, I can’t say that I should have been given a chance at the top of the order earlier but I am happy that I have the opportunity now and I capitalised on it,” Gill said.Having clinched a crucial win over MI, KKR have manged to live to fight another day. Karthik’s men will next take on Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in their last two matches on the road and anything but a win can end their playoff chances.Also Read | Andre Russell’s wife on KKR star’s masterclass vs MI: Knew you were going to do thatAlso Read | Happy I capitalised on the opportunity to open for KKR, says Shubman GillAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Andre RussellFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Shubman GillFollow IPL 2019Follow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pick carriage for Royal Wedding procession

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make a “short journey” through Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage to allow the public to catch a glimpse of them after their wedding, Kensington Palace has confirmed.The newlyweds will travel in the same carriage Prince Harry used in the procession at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, when he was surrounded by small bridesmaids and page boys.His own wedding procession, on May 19, will use just the one open-topped carriage, meaning the public will not see the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and newborn Prince Louis.Prince Harry and Ms Markle visited the royal mews at Buckingham Palace to select the Ascot Landau, which will now be the centre piece of public celebrations after they marry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle are very much looking forward to this short journey which they hope will be a memorable moment for everyone who has gathered together in Windsor to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day.” The Ascot Landau carriageCredit:PA Crown Equerry Colonel Toby Browne, who runs the royal mews, said the type of carriage chosen is one Harry knows well as two Landaus were used during William and Kate’s carriage procession after they married in 2011. Prince Harry in the Ascot Landau at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s weddingCredit:AFP Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will travel in this carriage  A postilion rider, sat on one of the two lead carriage horses, will drive the coach and another rider will sit behind him on a Windsor Grey in the second row. Two footmen will sit behind the newlyweds at the back of the Landau.State cars from the Royal Mews include Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Daimlers and they will be used to transport members of the royal family on the day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their weddingCredit:AP Philip Barnard-Brown, Senior Coachman to the Queen, will ride Milford Haven for the procession and describes him as a “special horse”.He said: “He normally has a lead position because he’s a very quiet horse and you’ll naturally try and put your quietest horses in the lead.“Because it’s going to be a very busy day and very noisy, we always choose our safest, most reliable horses. We tend to go for the older horses that have been around and done it before and we know are reliable.” The Ascot Landau carriage Six horses, Windsor Greys, will be included the procession ride.A team of four, Milford Haven, Plymouth and father and son Storm and Tyrone, will pull the Landau and two others – Sir Basil and Londonderry – will be outriders.All have been involved in high profile events before, including the Spanish state visit last year, Royal Ascot, Trooping the Colour, the State Opening of Parliament and the Lord Mayor’s Show. Storm is a veteran of Royal weddings, also working on the streets of London for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.  He explained the Landaus are also used at the end of the annual St George’s Chapel Garter Service to drive members of the royal family up the hill to Windsor Castle, and Harry’s carriage is in pristine condition as it was refurbished last year. If it rains on the wedding day, the wet weather option is the Scottish State Coach. Built in 1830, a new top was created in 1969 with large windows, and a partial glass roof, to allow spectators to see the passengers.Col Browne added: “The fair weather option, the Ascot Landau, it was selected because it’s a wonderfully bright, small, lovely carriage. Very easy for people to see, the passengers can sit up quite high – so there’s lots of visibility for everybody.”It was built in 1883, it’s one of five that we have, most of them are down in Windsor, we always keep one in London for occasions.” Prince Edward and Sophie during their Windsor wedding carriage ride Prince Edward and Sophie during their Windsor wedding carriage rideCredit:AFP Other members of the Royal Family will not join the carriage processionCredit:Getty “They will be just a short distance in front of the carriage itself and of course in front of them and behind the carriage will be the Household Cavalry travelling escort.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their wedding Col Browne said: “He was best man at his brother’s wedding so he rode in one of these with the bridesmaids and pages as part of the procession following the wedding.”But he’s also been in the Queen’s procession at the royal meeting at Ascot, so he’s ridden in these quite regularly.”The carriage procession will begin at 1pm after the wedding service, with the newlyweds driven along Castle Hill, into Windsor town centre before returning along the famous Long Walk for their reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will travel in this carriage Credit:PA Other members of the Royal Family will not join the carriage procession Prince Harry in the Ascot Landau at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding The Crown Equerry added: “We’ve always had two outriders and traditionally they acted to clear the path and herald the arrival of the principal in their carriage. read more