Things have been not turning out in the right scheme for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Dinesh Karthik-led team succumbed to a clinical 9-wicket at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. With four wins and six losses, KKR found themselves languishing behind at the sixth position on the points table. With just 8 points in their baggage, they have left themselves with an uphill task of winning atleast three of the remaining four games in order to stake a chance of qualifying for the final four.
It has been clearly evident that Kolkata Knight Riders have experienced an Andre Russell-dominated and dependent campaign in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In almost every next game, Russell has somehow managed to make a match out of nowhere and has also been successful most of the times. The rest of the KKR batters have played one or two standout performances, but they have not been able to strike some sort of consistency.
During yesterday’s game against Sunrisers, Russell came out to bat at the seventh position and smacked Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a couple of lusty blows before eventually falling victim to the same bowler for a 9-ball 15. After the game, there has been a debate doing the rounds on Russell being demoted in the batting order.
We set it up for him
During the post-match press conference after the game against SRH, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik revealed that Russell got five overs to face in the match. He mentioned that Russell is someone who has the ability to take the full toll even in 10 balls. Karthik also stated that the key is to play well at the top of the order and then set it up nicely for Russell.
“He had about five overs to face. When he came in, there were 27 balls and we’re looking to play him at a kind of slot where…I think he’s the kind of player even if he had played 10 balls, he’d have made an impact. The key is that we play that well at the top of the order that we set it up for him,” quoted Dinesh Karthik.
There’s been no complaints from his side
In the ongoing season, the belligerent Windies all-rounder has smashed a staggering tally of 377 runs at a phenomenal average of 75.40 and is currently the highest run-getter for KKR. Karthik noted that Russell has no complaints about his batting position. “There’s been no complaints from his side about the batting part of it. I think he’s been happy with the place where he’s going and he has a clear role in the team which he’s trying to achieve every time he goes out to bat,” Karthik added.