The mainstays of the Kolkata Knight Riders team Andre Russell has lashed out at KKR for taking bad decisions in crucial junctures of the game. KKR are currently are on the verge of getting eliminated from the tournament and now needs a miracle to harbour hopes of going through to the playoffs. They have lost 6 matches on a trot which has literally dashed their hopes in the cash-rich league.
Andre Russell has been the only bright spot for KKR all through the tournament and has already bagged three Man of the match awards. It has been only due to Russell’s heroics that KKR won 4 of their first 5 games. Andre Russell waged a valiant effort for KKR but his franchise didn’t quite support him.
“We have a good team but if you make bad decisions then you will always lose games and that’s what we’ve been doing. If we had enough time, I could pinpoint a few games where if we just looked to bowl tighter in areas or bring in right bowlers at the right time, we could have won,” Russell said.
“As a professional cricketer, to be in this position is not the common healthiest position. In terms of decision, we have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time, that’s what been causing for us to keep losing in simple ways,” Russell said on the eve of the game against Mumbai Indians.
The big man from Jamaica has already scored 406 runs in just 10 innings at a staggering strike rate of 209.27. He was not happy with the performance of the KKR bowlers as they failed to defend 175 against a top class Rajasthan Royals team.
“I’m disappointed that we get defeated by a team Rajasthan Royals with the weak batting order. If we can’t restrict a team for under 170 with our bowling attack then we will need miracles against a strong team like Mumbai.
“They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.
“But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don’t really take catches — we have been the worst fielding team so far.”
Kolkata Knight Riders will meet the Mumbai Indians in the 47th match of the tournament tomorrow. It will be a must-win clash for KKR. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians are almost through to the playoffs of the tournament