Morgan and Russell got here to bat when the required price was well past 12.
Andre Russell. (Photograph: IANS)Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar reckons that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faltered in sending Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell decrease down the order towards the Mumbai Indians (MI). On the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Knights fell quick by 49 runs, failing to chase down a mammoth 196. After Trent Boult’s maiden within the first over, KKR might by no means discover sufficient rhythm.
Morgan and Russell got here to bat at 5 and 6 respectively at a time when the required-rate was properly above 12. The duo might solely handle a mixed tally of 27 runs off 31 balls earlier than perishing to Jasprit Bumrah within the 16th over of the run-chase. Gavaskar was clear-cut in saying that Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana shouldn’t have batted increased than Russell and Morgan.
It’s essential to take into account that it was a giant floor, reveals Sunil Gavaskar
“When you’re chasing a big target, then your big-hitters should come up the order. We saw this even in the Chennai Super Kings chase against Rajasthan Royals, after Sam Curran, MS Dhoni should have come. Likewise, if Andre Russell came at No. 4 and Eoin Morgan at No. 5, then it would have made a difference,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying to AajTak.
“Their coach, Brendon McCullum, it’s very rare to find an aggressive player like him. That’s why it’s surprising that Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan, who are considered T20 Kings, have come to bat lower down the order,” he acknowledged.
“Yes, Nitish Rana’s form last year was good. But you need to consider that it was a big ground and identify whether it will be Rana or Morgan and Russell who can clear it. I think they got their thinking wrong by sending Rana and Karthik ahead of Russell and Morgan,” he added.
It additionally occurred to be KKR’s 20th defeat by the hands of the Mumbai-based franchise and after the loss, they went straight all the way down to the underside of the factors desk. KKR’s second match is towards David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday, September 26 in Abu Dhabi. SRH additionally didn’t begin properly after their 10-run loss by the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).