'KKR will start as underdogs vs RCB'
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders batting coach Simon Katich on Thursday termed the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore as the favourites in the opening IPL encounter between the two sides on Sunday.
Former Australian left-handed batsman feels that RCB are one of the title contenders.
"No doubt, we go in as underdogs as RCB are one of the joint favourites to win the title. We look forward to the challenge in proving people wrong," Katich said about their IPL opener.
"Quick outfield, beautiful conditions, and a full house on Sunday. We are looking forward to a fantastic start to the IPL for us. We just can't wait to get out there. Hopefully, we will get him (Kohli) caught at the slips like last year," Katich said recalling the Indian captain's duck here in 2017.
Things however would not be easy for a new-look KKR side under Dinesh Karthik and the Kolkata franchise is banking on the wealth of experience they have.
A surprise choice as skipper to lead the high profile KKR, Karthik's stocks have increased since his last ball six, in a eight ball 29 not-out, won the final of the Tri-series T20I tournament in Sri Lanka in Colombo on March 18.
"From captaincy point of view, he's in the perfect time of his career to really grab the opportunity. He has done that with Tamil Nadu with a fair bit of success. He is a highly experienced player in the IPL, played for 10 years," Katich said.