Following Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) loss against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League 2020, former Indian cricketer and former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir pointed out a ‘miscalculation’ that led to KKR’s downfall. KKR put DC in to bat first at Sharjah yesterday. DC got off to a flier and never looked back. They rode on a scintillating knock from captain Shreyas Iyer to reach a total of 229.
KKR got off to a bad start in the chase when they lost Sunil Narine early but explosive knocks from Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi threatened to win the game for KKR. Ultimately the target proved to be too stiff as KKR lost by 18 runs.
It was a miscalculation – Gambhir
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after the match, Gambhir pointed out the 19th over of the first innings bowled by Varun Chakravarthy which went for 20 runs was a crucial point in the game. He said “Your best bowlers need to bowl the 18th, 19th and 20th over, unfortunately it didn’t happen. Pat Cummins or Sunil Narine, if a spinner has to bowl. Even Mavi, he did a fabulous job in the previous games and so did Andre Russell. You have to got to give your best bowlers.”
“Yes, Varun Chakravarty did bowl well in the first few overs but you cannot expect a young spinner to be bowling the 19th over and that too in Sharjah, probably it was a miscalculation,” he added.
Gambhir also spoke about KKR’s batting order saying it must be changed pointing out what could be a good order. He said, “Rahul Tripathi goes up the order, Dinesh Karthik plays at no 6, not before Morgan and not before Russell as well. Probably Sunil Narine goes to bat at 8 or 9. If Morgan bats no 4 and Russell at 5 and Dinesh Karthik to follow,” Gambhir said.
KKR will next face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at Abu Dhabi.