Navi Mumbai, March 31: Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum praised his batsmen’s intent despite falling to 128 in a three-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, but lamented not having luck on his side.
In a tawdry pitch with bowlers bowling short in length and getting an extra bounce, Kolkata’s slam-bang approach backfired as batsmen dropped while trying to attack anything that got in their way.
“I actually loved the intent, to be honest I thought the intent was great. You stand behind the fact that you’re playing a lot better and you’re playing with a long batting lineup. Obviously you don’t anticipate getting cut. Honestly, I felt like we didn’t have much luck today. To be honest, every time we went aggressive, it seemed like we found a fielder or things didn’t go our way. So that can happen sometimes, too,” McCullum said at the conference. post-match virtual press release.
Even though the offensive approach backfired, McCullum wants his team to continue the high-risk attitude. “But I want us to continue to keep that in the team because that’s what served this team so well last year. And I think you know the way we organize our team with the auction, the players that we pick that suit them.” . as well. Sometimes you have to go a little too hard.” “But now we know where the line is and if we can add a little prowess with the wickets that we come up against and look to use the rebound as our friend rather than our enemy, then I think it gives us a good opportunity. But not enough, but I was satisfied with the intention. A little luck and things could have been different. The Kolkata bowlers did very well to take the match to the final against Bangalore. But in the second half of defending 128, off-road star Andre Russell’s shoulder problems resurfaced, meaning he was unable to complete his quota of overs. When asked about the same, McCullum said it was too high a risk to give Russell another over with the ball. Eventually Russell took down the final but Dinesh Karthik ended the chase with back-to-back limits.
“Dre (Russell) ran around the edge and dove and to stop that edge for us, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, he just took a little hit, which made his shoulders a little sore. But Dre, being Dre, he still wanted to try and get the job done and he couldn’t do it, but look, those are things that happen in low score games too.” McCullum signed off saying that Venkatesh Iyer will have a huge role to play in the future course of the tournament with his half-time pace. Iyer shot 19, which yielded two limits, making the winning equation simpler for Bangalore.
“In terms of Venkatesh Iyer, he’s certainly a bowling option for us and when you play better you’re trying to share your four overs between the likes of Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and even Nitish Rana as well. But as the tournament definitely gets more deep, I think Venkatesh Iyer has a very important role to play with the ball for us and certainly helps us try to balance our side. So look for that in the next few games for sure.” -IANS