Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan reiterated that it was not only the man-in-Venkatesh Iyer who changed the fortunes of his team, but also the bowling attack. KKR beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by seven wickets on Thursday to advance to the top four of IPL 2021.
While the 26-year-old Iyer burned the UAE leg with 94 runs in his first two matches, Morgan believes his bowlers are heroes in both wins so far. He added that keeping the opponent in moderation has given the KKR openers the freedom to play their normal game.
“I don’t think a player has changed the team’s outlook. I think so [in] The last two matches our team’s superstars were bowlers, they were awesome on really good wickets to bat here in Abu Dhabi, and I think our opening pair of Shubhaman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer let out a natural game and let them play.
“I think Venkatesh played an innings today that would match a man who has played 50 IPL games. “The pressure he exerted was on him as a batsman in the Tops, and he is no different today – he has maintained his form since day one,” the KKR and England limited-overs captain told a post-match press conference.
In their opening match after the resumption, KKR bowlers defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 922 runs, before Iyer (2 off balls * 1) and Gill (48 off balls) helped polish the target in 10 overs.
Based on Joy’s confidence, the KKR bowling department put their hosts MIK in the middle of 155 for the wicket tonight. Rahul Tripathi (off2 **) before looking at their line.
“Our strategy and planning were both good games” – KKR captain
Spin has played a huge role in the success of KKR in the second half of IPL 2021. The pair of Varun Chakraborty (1 for 3) and Sunil Narine (0 for 20) broke RCB’s back in the last match.
Although tonight was the story of the slow murder. Chakraborty (0 for 22) and Man of the Match Narine (1 for 20) bowled themselves out in 12 overs, but they confirmed that Rohit Sharma’s side could only manage 37 in seven overs after scoring 56 in the powerplay.
Asked whether it was a strategy to spin in the middle overs, Morgan did not give any insight into the move but expressed satisfaction that their tactics have worked lately.
“I think there is a lot of preparation and strategy that goes into the decisions that are made on the field. Of course when you are on the field, you have to adapt to what is happening with the pitch and condition of Abu Dhabi.
The KKR captain said, “And I think both our strategy and planning was a good game because the bowlers have worked incredibly well, they are in good form, they have been able to do it and the rest of us look really good.” In response Sportscaster Question
Resuming the season in seventh place, KKR has gained enough momentum to climb to the top four. They have won four of the nine games, the third-best net run rate of +0.363 to boot.