Kolkata Knight Riders played one of the most embarrassing games in their history against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team could only make 84 runs even after playing full 20 overs. This was 5th lowest score in the history of IPL.
Coach Brendon McCullum was seen writing a lot of notes especially at the point where KKR lost 4 wickets for just 14 runs. The former New Zealand skipper said that he is frustrated by KKR’s ‘timid’ batting approach.
“Before the game we spoke about showing some intent especially at the top of the order and, unfortunately, we lacked that tonight. So that’s something we have to address. We were very poor with bat in hand. You are not going to win too many games from 40 for 6.”
– Stated McCullum in a post match chat show.
The KKR head coach added:
“We are still fourth in the tournament, which is very fortunate for us. The destiny is still in our hands. We have to tidy up some of the areas. It’s just that we were very timid in our approach. That’s a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent. If you are defending 84, you win one out of 150 games. Tonight wasn’t good enough from the batting point of view.”
KKR’s Batting Problems
The cause of concern for KKR seems to be their highly inconsistent batting order. No one really is looking in form who can win matches for the team. Shubman Gill’s strike rate for the season has been as low as 118. Nitish Rana is averaging below 18.
Dinesh Karthik is looking out of touch and key players like Sunil Narine and Andre Russel too are missing out the action.
KKR management should hope that they figure out solutions to these major issues with the team. With only 4 games left, KKR is at no. 4 on the points table currently but it is really important for them to win every game from now.