Dinesh Karthik questions Kings XI’s revised target

Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, was “surprised” by the revised target thrown up for Kings XI Punjab in the rain-hit match at Eden Gardens on Saturday. Chasing 192, Kings XI were 96 for 0 in 8.2 overs when the rain arrived; roughly 90 minutes later, they needed just 29 more off 28 balls (that is, 125 in 13 overs) to seal victory and go top of the IPL table. The new target was calculated via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method, an upgrade on the Duckworth-Lewis system.
“We needed two wickets at that stage,” Karthik said, after Kings XI romped to a nine-wicket win with 11 balls remaining. “It was important to get [Chris] Gayle and KL [Rahul] early and that was something I was wishing to happen, but they played some really good shots and got away.
“It’s hard for me to predict what would’ve happened. It’s interesting that at that stage, when play was stopped, they needed about eight runs an over. But after the [DLS] method, they suddenly needed only six, a run a ball, and that was surprising.
“If it would have been a 20-over game, they’d be needing eight an over. If we’d gotten two quick wickets, the [required] run rate would have kept going up if we’d bowled well. We came back after the rain and they said they needed just a run a ball, I didn’t understand that part. I’m sure [DLS] has been something people are still trying to figure out.”
Karthik suggested an alternative to the DLS be considered for the IPL: the VJD method, put forward by V Jayadevan.
The VJD method of revising scores is used in Indian domestic cricket. “I always thought since VJD is an Indian method and this is an Indian domestic tournament, why not think about it in the future,” Karthik said. “I’ve been told that is also a good method. We’ve used it in domestic cricket and only for the IPL we seem to use Duckworth-Lewis, so why not think about VJD even here?”