Trevor indicates changes in KKR's line-up

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 13:55 [IST]
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Trevor hints at changes in KKR XI

Mohali, Apr 18: Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss indicated that there might be a few changes in the playing XI as the team management needs to strengthen the weak links mainly batting, ahead of their clash against Punjab at Mohali on Wednesday.

"I don't think we batted anywhere near our best. Bangalore was our best effort with the bat (which KKR won by 42 runs). If we could bat more like that in the competition, we are going to be difficult to beat," Bayliss said at the press conference on the eve of the match.

With the star-studded line-up failing to put runs on the board, Bayliss has said there could be some changes in the line-up.

"I haven't seen the wicket here. Last game that was played here, we watched it on TV and the wicket was different than what we got in Kolkata.

"We will sit down tonight or early tomorrow morning and discuss. But there is a possibility of some change. I cannot say where that will be (whether middle order or somewhere else), but we will have to discuss," said Bayliss, adding that his top order batsmen need to play some big knocks.

The team's batting line-up includes names such as Jacques Kallis, skipper Gautam Gambhir, Brendon McCullum, Manoj Tiwary, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Yusuf Pathan. But none of the players have played to their potential so far in the tournament.

Yusuf Pathan, who is undergoing a rough patch this season, has not fired so far, but the coach is optimistic on Yusuf regaining touch soon as the tournament progresses.

While Bayliss was pleased with the team's bowling performance as Sunil Narine, Balaji, Brett Lee and even Kallis have bowled pretty well but batting woes doesn't seem to end.

"Our bowlers have done well in five matches. It is our batting that has let us down. Balaji, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee and even Kallis has done a good job. (Bangladeshi) Shakib had a good game. We are very happy with our bowling," he insisted.

Bayliss further feels the team has lost many close matches and should have won nine out of ten matches, as they have not been consistent enough. KKR, with a few changes, look forward to take revenge on Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab, as they lost by two runs in their previous match played at Eden Gardens Kolkata.


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