David Hussey, mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders, said that Shubman Gil, VenkateshIyer, Nitish Rana, and Rahul Tripathi had adapted well to the circumstances. This was a crucial factor in the two-time champions’ 86-run victory against Rajasthan Royals. It also helped the Eoin Molgan-led side secure the fourth playoffs spot.
Hussey shared his thoughts on the team’s performance in Thursday night’s crucial encounter. He said that it was not easy to play on such surfaces. Shubman Gill and VenkateshIyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, showed their class again, adapting their game accordingly. They knew that if they bat deep in the batting innings they would be able to hit a decent target. The ball is simple. You need to bowl fast and hit the stumps. There are world-class spinners, so we support each other in the field. It was a very team effort. After scoring 171/4, the pace-bowling unit caused havoc with Shivam Mavi (4/21), Lockie Ferguson (3/18), taking seven wickets to endanger the Royals’ batting department.
“I believe they complement each other well. Our bowling coaches Kyle Mills, Omkar, talk about the benefits of bowling in partnerships. The quicks’ spinners are well-complemented by Lockie Ferguson, Mavi and others. “I think Lockie is undoubtedly one of the greatest T20 bowlers in this world. His first two overs have changed both the pace and the momentum for us,” said the ex-Australian cricketer.
The Knight Riders have been without Andre Russell for the last couple of games. However, the all-rounder should be back in action very soon. He passed a fitness test and is now just one game away. He will work hard in the coming days to be back in time for the final. This will be a big boost for both us and the competition. Hussey stated that Hussey is a world-class performer and offers lots of entertainment.
Hussey also acknowledged the contribution of Brendon Mccullum to the turnaround in fortunes for the side in the second half of the tournament. The break was probably a blessing for us. We were able to recharge and recharge our batteries, plan again and arrive in Abu Dhabi where we all met. Abhishek Nayar led a fantastic training session. All the boys were able to get a lot of volume, and they are now ready to go.
Brendon is cool and calm. He has a plan and vision that will help this team move forward. He believes in each player to be their best. He makes everyone feel important, and I think Brendon deserves a lot credit for how everybody is playing,” Hussey added.