IPL 2019: Home advantage good thing, will speak to Ganguly, says KKR CEO

first_img Indo Asian News Agency KolkataApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 17:45 IST Kolkata are placed 5th in the points table with 5 wins out of 12 matches in IPL 2019. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders have lost 5 out of their 12 matches in IPL 2019Kolkata’s 4 out 5 defeats have come at the Eden Gardens, their home groundKKR CEO Venky Mysore has ruled out the option of playing their home matches outside KolkataWhile admitting that the Eden Gardens wicket hasn’t exactly been what they wanted, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said they have themselves to blame more for the spate of losses this season. Mysore also ruled out the option of playing their home matches outside Kolkata.KKR snapped a six-game losing streak to beat Mumbai Indians by 34 runs on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. The two time champions, who traditionally bank on their spinners to deliver the goods, failed to do that on an Eden track which was a batting paradise and hardly assisted turn.”You build a team based on your home conditions primarily because you’re playing seven games there. So it’s been slightly unusual in that sense. That’s (home advantage) a good thing and that’s how rivalries are built up,” Mysore told reporters on the sidelines of a charity event.Mysore said they would have discussions with the Cricket Association of Bengal top brass including Sourav Ganguly on getting the home advantage but there’s no question of moving away. “We will try and continue to have good discussions with the CAB, curator, the president and others to make sure that as home team we should have some advantage.”We are a Kolkata team. The kind of love affair, romance that has built up between KKR, the city and the fans is most gratifying. The team also recognises it. We are grateful for that. The kind of support we get here is incredible,” Mysore said.Mysore pointed out that despite the string of poor shows, fans have turned up in numbers. “Until yesterday, we had lost six in a row but every game was pretty much sold out. Fans have come and cheered us all the way. That’s great to see. That just shows, while fans get frustrated with results as we all do, the support remains and it continues. So there is no question of that type of a thought process,” he maintained.advertisement”In all fairness, we have probably not played to our potential. If some of the results had gone our way, we would not be talking about the conditions, pitch and all that,” he said.Russell was promoted to No 3 on Sunday after the West Indies all-rounder expressed his displeasure. The 30-year old slammed an unbeaten 80 from 40 balls.Head coach Jacques Kallis said it was a collective decision to send Russell at No 3. “We are a team that plays according to the situation. We had a good start so we decided that Russell bats higher up to get maximum number of overs. Fortunately it worked for us,” the South African great said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso Read | Chris Gayle feels after Virat Kohli, KL Rahul will serve Indian cricket for longAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Venky MysoreFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow KKRFollow Eden Gardens IPL 2019: Home advantage good thing, will speak to Ganguly, says KKR CEOKolkata Knight Riders have lost 4 out of 7 of their home matches at the Eden Gardens but KKR CEO Venky Mysore said the pitch can’t be blamed for such results. The team CEO ruled out any possibilty of moving away from Kolkata as their home ground.advertisementlast_img read more

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TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was higher Tuesday morning, supported by higher commodities after Germany posted better-than-expected economic growth for the second quarter while U.S. retail sales data also beat forecasts.The loonie was ahead 0.18 of a cent to 100.94 cents US.U.S. retail sales rose 0.8 per cent during July, the largest increase since February. Economists had expected a gain of 0.3 per cent.Overseas, Germany, which is Europe’s biggest economy, posted 0.3 per cent growth in the second quarter, beating expectations of a 0.2 per cent increase though slowing from the first quarter’s 0.5 per cent growth.At the same time, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said that the economies of both the eurozone and the wider 27-country EU shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent in the second quarter of the year. In the first quarter, output for both regions was flat. A recession is officially defined as two straight quarters of falling output.Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece are already mired in recession.The worsening debt crisis has worsened the prospects for an economic recovery in the rest of the world.The positive data pushed the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 67 cents to US$93.40 a barrel.Metal prices were also higher after two days of declines in the wake of surprising drops in Chinese exports and Japanese economic growth. The September copper contract on the Nymex edged up two cents to US$3.37 a pound.Gold prices lost early traction, declining $1.40 to US$1,611.20.December gold climbed $1.70 to US$1,614.30 an ounce. read more