Target is eight wins: Kallis
KKR players and coaching staff during a golf event in Kolkata.
Kolkata - Kallis says boys are focused
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis said on Thursday that his side are focused on getting to eight wins which is considered to be the 'magic number' to make it to the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs.
Courtesy of their close seven-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night, the Knights sit pretty atop the leaderboard with six wins from nine outings.
"Most of our away games are gone. We are sitting pretty. Having last five games at home makes our life a lot easier. But we have to play good cricket. It is nice to have this cushion. Probably need 8 wins to make the last four. So focussing on getting to the play offs first. Though it sounds clichéd, we are looking to take one game at a time," Kallis said at the second edition of the Knight Golf event -- a charity event of donating proceeds from the sponsorship towards the treatment of underprivileged children in Kolkata.
"It's been a tough road. We spent three and a half weeks away from Kolkata. And to put in a performance like we did last night with the guys tired after a long trip, I believe was an exceptional effort," Kallis said.
"It just showed the fighting spirit of the team. Very proud of the way the guys have played so far and deservedly they have a couple of days off. We will again get together on Saturday and start the hard work again."
KKR were without the services of their star spinner Sunil Narine as the West Indies bowler has been sidelined due to a finger injury.