Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are currently struggling at the last spot in the Points Table of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. They have a solitary win against their name after playing five matches so far in the tournament. Moreover, most of their foreign players have failed to impress in either department of the game.
Former India cricketer Ajit Agarkar lashed out at the Knight Riders for their below-par batting performances this season. He reckoned that the KKR batsmen didn’t get their rhythm despite much potential in the side.
“For a batting line-up which is full of talent, full of ability, they’re just not playing well enough. You could excuse a couple of pitches in Chennai and say ‘Oh, those were tough wickets maybe and that’s why they didn’t get their rhythm ‘, but here (in Mumbai) you’ve got no excuse,” opined Ajit Agarkar.
“Maybe this wasn’t a 200-run pitch but sure they (KKR) have enough talent to get to 160, which then almost becomes a match-winning total,” said Agarkar.
‘Lockie Ferguson should come into the playing XI’: Agarkar
The former cricketer said the Kolkata-based franchise must include someone like Lockie Ferguson in their lineup at the expense of Eoin Morgan or Pat Cummins or Sunil Narine. He mentioned that the Kiwi bowler has got a lot of raw pace and wicket-taking ability.
“And if you take my opinion, they should take a look at someone like Lockie Ferguson to come into the playing XI, whether it is at the expense of an Eoin Morgan or Pat Cummins or a Sunil Narine. He’s someone who’ll win you games on these pitches.”
“Lockie Ferguson, when he came into that team last season in the UAE, you could see he provided something different to the bowling attack. He had a lot of raw pace and wicket-taking ability. As good as their (KKR) seamers are, I can’t see them blowing teams away. Ferguson, on his day, has that ability,” opined Agarkar.