Dubai, November 2: After Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals to stay alive in IPL 2020 play-off race on Sunday (November 1), bowling coach Kyle Mills praised the team's young bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy and Shivam Mavi for their resilience.
While Pat Cummins was the destruction in chief against RR, Mavi, Nagarkoti and Chakravarthy played key supporting roles combining for 5 wickets conceding just 59 runs in their quota of 12 overs.
The tight bowling from the trio helped in KKR's win and Mills was vocal about their contribution after the match.
"Resilient is the word which we can use across all facets of life. In cricket, the thing gets really tough and few guys really stood up today, the young lads Nagarkoti, Varun, Shivam Mavi playing some under the same condition," said Mills in a video on the KKR website.
"You guys stepped up when pressure was on and if cricket is the life, you need to hold onto that feeling and those emotions and know the fact that you get through tough situations where you need resilient to get through," he added.
Before the game, KKR were languishing at the bottom of the table. But with the win on Sunday (November 1), the Morgan-led side moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches.
KKR head coach Brendon McCullum also praised the intent shown by the players in the must-win game.
"We could have said we didn't win the toss, conditions were against us or this is not our year but each time we managed to find out the way," said McCullum
"The intent shown by leaders, in particular, was outstanding, who knows what happens from. We may or may not qualify but for me, the guys have what we needed to do today," he added.
Meanwhile, the fielding coach James Foster said that Dinesh Karthik's flying catch to dismiss in-form batsman Ben Stokes was the the game-changing moment.
"DK, it was a hell of a catch tonight!. That was a real game-changer. What I enjoyed about the catch is everyone celebrated with you," said Foster.