Brendon McCullum: We Want Some More Runs From Eoin Morgan

We Want Some More Runs From Eoin Morgan, Says Brendon McCullum

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders coach on Friday admitted that captain Eoin Morgan’s lack of form is not a good sign and demands runs from the skipper’s bat for the upcoming matches. Kolkata Knight Riders lost their IPL match against Punjab Kings by 5 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan’s lack of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been a talking point in the ongoing season. In the last five matches, since the resumption of IPL 2021, Eoin Morgan has failed to cross the double digits. He has contributed only 7,8,0 and 2 in the last 4 matches at UAE leg.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders Coach Said Team Wants Some More Runs From Skipper Eoin Morgan

The skipper has managed only 17 runs in 4 innings so far when IPL 2021 resumed in UAE. After KKR’s five-wicket loss against Punjab Kings, coach Brendon McCullum also questioned Eoin Morgan’s lack of form with the bat.

“Morgan is one of our senior players, and he is one of our international batters. As captain also, in his own head he would have liked to contribute a lot more runs,” said Brendon McCullum during a virtual post-match press conference.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Actually, I think he has captained the side really well tactically. We want some more runs from him. No doubt in that, you need some runs from your overseas batter. Look, I am confident that he will come right,” Brendon McCullum added.

The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 after being one of the top buys for KKR in the 2020 IPL Auction. He also took over captaincy duties from Dinesh Karthik mid-season in 2020 but hasn’t been consistent with the bat and as skipper. He scored 418 runs from 145 games in IPL 2020 averaging 41.8 but is clearly struggling in IPL 2021 managing only 109 runs from 12 appearances averaging a pathetic 10.9.

Eoin Morgan has scored 109 runs in 11 innings so far in IPL 2021 at an average of 10.98 and a strike rate of 100.92. While there have been several instances of franchises changing their captains because of a lack of runs, KKR has stressed that Eoin Morgan will stay in the role.

Brendon McCullum: Punjab Kings Deserved To Win As They Seized The Key Moments

Punjab Kings boosted their chances of making the IPL play-offs with a five-wicket close win over KKR as effective death over bowling and smart batting by skipper KL Rahul and Shahrukh Khan shaped their crucial victory in Dubai on Friday. KL Rahul scored 67 runs off 55 balls.

He shared a 70-run stand with fellow teammate opener Mayank Agarwal (40), knocking off a 166-run target with three balls to spare. Shahrukh Khan then produced an impactful 9-ball 22-run knock when it mattered and finished the match with a six.

“We played a great game, Punjab Kings deserved to win because they seized the key moments. I still felt we had a chance in the game, with two overs to go. It was a touch and go, small margin in the game, which didn’t go our way,” said Brendon McCullum.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop KKR at 165 for 7.

“Venkatesh Iyer is definitely an all-rounder. It is not just his cricketing ability, it is his mindset and cricketing brain. He is a guy with huge ambition and has a great as a general all-rounder. I think he is one of those cricketer, who is going to get better and better,” said Brendon McCullum.

Kolkata Knight Riders will face SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Sunday. KKR, who have ten points from 12 matches, now need to win their next two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals and hope some other results go their way as well.

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