Kolkata Knight Riders are one team that showed a bit of promise in the early half of the Indian Premier League but failed to keep the momentum and have lost five out of their seven league matches thus far.
Ahead of their fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday, April 26, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Jason Roy stated that the mood in the camp is to keep working hard and follow the process.
"The talk in the camp is just to keep pushing hard, and we got to enjoy ourselves. It is very easy in cricket, especially in short formats, to lose and lose a lot of confidence. We are trying to keep our confidence high, smile in the change room, making sure our methods do not change too much," he said in a pre-match press conference.
“As individuals, we need to look in the mirror, get better each session and think how we can individually impact the game in a better way. We have had some good individual performances along the losses, which is a bit positive, but a loss is a loss."
"We have to draw a line in the sand now that half of the tournament is done for us, and we just have to push forward, he added.
The opening batter walked in to bat at number five in Knight Riders' 49-run defeat against the Chennai Super Kings in their last fixture after being off the field in the back end of the first innings.
While he smashed 61 off 26 deliveries studded with five boundaries and five maximums, Knight Riders fell short in the massive run chase of 236 runs.
"I left the field for 12 minutes at the end of our innings, so I was not able to bat for further 12 minutes when our innings started, and it just so happened that we lost those wickets when we did."
"It is just the rules of the game, unfortunately. There was no reason behind it, I really wanted to open, and I was pushing my case to open on that wicket and had to try and do the job in the middle-order," Roy said.
The England batter was dropped before the T20 World Cup team Down Under but was impressive in the ODI series that followed against South Africa and Bangladesh.
"With the 50-over World Cup at the end of the year, I have played quite a bit of cricket in the subcontinent. I am just excited to keep pushing for the rest of the tournament because we have had a tough start. It is a huge second half for us," he concluded.