Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper, revealed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has a Grade 2 hamstring tear. The all-rounder is working onerous with the medical crew to be totally match for Qualifier 2 in opposition to Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.
On Monday, Sunil Narine stole the present with each bat and ball as KKR beat RCB in Eliminator in Sharjah. After the match, Eoin Morgan stated KKR will take a choice on Andre Russell’s availability on how the all-rounder presents himself on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan: Andre Russell Has A Grade 2 Hamstring Tear
The KKR skipper added it had been a few weeks for the reason that hamstring harm, and precautions have been taken each day in bringing again Andre Russell. The latter missed Monday’s Eliminator in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Andre has a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and it’s solely been a few weeks since that harm. He has labored extremely onerous together with our medical crew with intensive rehabilitation to attempt to get himself again on the park,” Eoin Morgan stated within the post-match press convention.
“We solely have 48 hours earlier than the subsequent recreation. So we’ll should take that call (on whether or not he’s match to play) based mostly on how he presents himself tomorrow (Tuesday) and the subsequent day,” he added.
Andre Russell has been the trump card for KKR. He has scored 183 runs from 10 IPL 2021 video games averaging 26.14, and likewise has picked 11 scalps averaging 17.09, together with a career-best 5/15. Andre Russell has missed his fifth straight recreation for Kolkata ever since injuring his hamstring in opposition to CSK. Nonetheless, Shakib Al Hasan, who changed him within the XI, has delivered constant XI performances and performed his half within the crew’s success.
Eoin Morgan: KKR Bowlers Proven The Means To Be Aggressive With The Ball Making an attempt To Take Wickets
KKR had received solely two video games out of seven within the IPL 2021 through the first half staged in India, however the aspect got here again with sturdy performances within the UAE leg, profitable 5 out of the subsequent 7 to qualify for the playoffs.
“Within the first part of the event, we had been nonetheless making an attempt to implement Buzz’s (Brendon McCullum) mantra of making an attempt to play constructive, aggressive cricket. Within the first part it didn’t fairly occur,” stated Morgan.
“All through this second part, folks have turned up with a distinct motivation and drive to attempt to play the aggressive model of cricket.”
“Our bowlers have proven us the way in which – tips on how to be aggressive with the ball in making an attempt to take wickets and figuring out when to carry again and be just a little bit extra defensive. That’s led the way in which with our batting as properly,” he signed off.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan attributed the crew’s large reversal in fortunes within the second leg of IPL-14 to his bowlers’ aggressive strategy. Eoin Morgan added that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was accessible for choice in Qualifier 2. Nonetheless, he’ll miss the ultimate if KKR qualifies to play for his nationwide crew within the T20I World Cup qualifiers.
In the course of the eliminator on Monday, Sunil Narine gave glimpses of his ‘outdated thriller’ with the ball after which topped it up with three monster sixes, as KKR’s four-wicket victory dashed Virat Kohli’s dream of profitable an IPL trophy whereas main Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KKR struck within the 10th over as Sunil Narine picked a wicket in his first over, dismissing KS Bharat. Then, Sunil Narine landed two large blows in his subsequent two overs. First, he disturbed the timber to get Virat Kohli out for 39 after which bamboozled AB de Villiers to choose his third wicket, pushing RCB on the backfoot.
Sunil Narine continued to make merry, and KKR dominated the proceedings as Glenn Maxwell was dismissed within the 17th over. KKR performs Delhi Capitals on Wednesday for a spot within the remaining, the place Chennai Tremendous Kings await.
Kolkata Knight Riders 139 for six (Gill 29, Narine 26, Iyer 26, Chahal 2-16, Harshal 2-19, Siraj 2-19) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 138 for 7 (Kohli 39, Narine 4-21, Ferguson 2-30) by 4 wickets