IPL 2019: No Complaints From Andre Russell About His Batting Position, Says KKR’s Skipper Dinesh Karthik
The batting position of Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsman Andre Russell has been one of the talking points of this IPL.
The Jamaican batsman is the highest run-scorer for his team despite batting lower down the order and calls have been made to make him bat higher.
After Kolkata Knight Riders failed to chase down 214 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Russell himself asked for a batting promotion but he again came to bat at number 7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
Coming into bat in 16th over, Russell scored 15 off 9 and was dismissed after being caught by Rashid Khan in the deep.
For once again, it looked like he could have batted earlier but KKR’s captain Dinesh Karthik felt that he had time to go big as there were still 27 balls left.
The wicket-keeper batsman also revealed that Russell has not made any complaints about his batting position.
“He had about five overs to face. When he came in, there were 27 balls and we’re looking to play him as a kind of slot where…I think he’s the kind of player even if he had played 10 balls, he’d have made an impact. The key is that we play that well at the top of the order that we set it up for him. There have been no complaints from his side about the batting part of it. I think he’s been happy with the place where he’s going and he has a clear role in the team which he’s trying to achieve every time he goes out to bat,” Karthik said.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowlers were ineffective against Sunrisers Hyderabad as the pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner overpowered the visitors’ bowling attack.
They shared 131 runs for the first wicket in 12.2 overs, leaving no room for KKR to make a comeback.
Warner scored 67 off 38 while Bairstow scores 80* off 43 in his last IPL match of the season.
With this defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders made their way difficult going ahead.
They now need to win rest of their all four matches in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the next round of the tournament.
The defeat against SRH was KKR’s fifth defeat on the trot as well.
They had won four of their first five games but since then, nothing has gone KKR’s way, that is now seeing them sit at sixth position in the points table.
They next face Rajasthan Royals in a must-win game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday.
After hosting Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders will host Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
Their next two matches will be away from home against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in the last week of the league stage.
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