Cricket fans and experts from all over criticized the team management of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for sending Andre Russell at number seven during the game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). The West Indian all-rounder came in during the 16th over in match 18 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra said that the Knight Riders aren’t optimising Andre Russell’s batting power. He mentioned that KKR is missing a trick while not allowing Dre Russ to play more balls in the middle.
“KKR is not giving Russell his full batting. They are sending him for too few deliveries. KKR have a bazooka but they are not using it. The opposition team is scared that Russell will come and hit but he comes so late, how will he create an impact.
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“There are some tactical blunders, to be honest. When the wicket had fallen after 10.2 overs, considering what had happened in the last match, I would have sent Andre Russell. It is possible it might not have worked out but what if it had gone well. I think they are missing a trick with Andre Russell, he should be playing more balls,” said Chopra.
‘Wankhede isn’t a surface where you go slow’: Chopra
The KKR openers made a horrible start while batting first at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last night. The duo of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana could only manage to post 25 runs at the end of the powerplay. As a result, they posted a below-par total of 133/9 at the end of their 20 overs.
“KKR were in a slight hangover, that their start was very bad in the last match as they were reduced to 31/5, and would go slow this time around. This is not a surface where you go slow. This is a surface where you throw caution to the winds,” concluded Chopra.