Last year, Kolkata Knight Riders finished outside the playoff spot (No.5) in the Indian Premier League despite putting in some incredible performances.
With the new season about to start, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik has opened up about the dispute with Russell.
Karthik on RK’s YouTube show
Speaking to Youtube at RK Show, Dinesh Karthik addressed the comments made by Russell which sparked a huge controversy. The wicketkeeper-batsman said that he had spoken to Russell over the issue and resolved the conflicts.
“He was a little apologetic as well. At the end of the day, I have a great relationship with him. If I didn’t have a great relationship with him, it could have spiraled into something nasty.” Karthik said.
“Because I have an honest relationship with him where I can go straight up to him and be like ‘Russ you know what, I don’t think what you have said is right, because the way it has come out, it’s not great’. He also said ‘you know skip, this is how I felt about it not how it’s come out’. There itself half the battle is over. But then he had an issue. He said ‘we can do this better. I don’t think you are doing this way’. And then I had to explain ‘being a leader, I can’t completely please you but we can change things around but not exactly like you want. Having different opinions and dealing with it is one of the most important things. I think you need to be able to stand up and have a conversation. Sometimes a hard conversation as well,” Karthik added.
Karthik told Russell that he is the leader of the team and has his own opinion. He further said that he was ready to have the hard conversation.
“To be fair, he’s one of those guys who wears his heart on his sleeve. I am sure he meant whatever he said. But again, West Indies players are in your face kind of people. But whatever they say, they say it honestly and it’s up to how you take it. If you want to take it offensively, then the mistake is on your part. If you want to take it constructively which is how I looked at it. We had a conversation over it man to man.” he further added.
“He wasn’t happy with me, he wasn’t happy that the team wasn’t winning, that is the bottom line. Whatever he said, I completely respected it.”
With the new season, Karthik hopes to do better and help KKR end the long wait for silverware.