If we lose Cummins and Morgan, then Gill and Rana will need to step up: McCullum
Kolkata Knight Riders haven’t managed to press their case and channelise their aggression on the field for a long time now. Ever since they won their title in 2014, they failed to make a serious bid for the title challenge. In the last season, they failed to make it to the playoffs.
Even in this season, they performed badly as they managed to win only 2 games so far but lost as many as 5 games. They are currently placed 7th in the IPL 2021 points table. Eoin Morgan was neither good with the bat nor with the captaincy and the results were there for everyone to see.
Meanwhile, KKR coach Brendon McCullum confessed that losing overseas players like Pat Cummins and captain Eoin Morgan for the second half of IPL 2021 would be disappointing.
The former New Zealand cricketer also added that the situation would offer an opportunity for proven young talents like Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana to lift their morale. If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, then the likes of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan are uncertain about their participation for the rest of the tournament.
The 14th edition of the tournament will resume in the United Arab Emirates in September. During an interaction with Sports Today, McCullum added that losing experienced overseas players would be a drawback.
KKR coach said: “Now, if we are to lose some of those guys, that would be really disappointing because, structurally, we had set it up to rely on certain people and some of those personalities which we had picked. I knew that if we were under pressure they would still be in it for the long haul and would remain calm during tough times. I think of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan, who are calm customers and good leaders.”
The former Kiwi player further said: “If we were to lose them, then we are going to have to find some guys to step up. That brings out an opportunity for the likes of Shubman Gills and Nitish Ranas, who can, may be, have to play beyond their years and experience.”
In the wake of a bad run in the first half of the cash-rich IPL, Brendon launched a scathing attack on the team for the lack of intent in the batting department. The former Kiwi captain said: “It does take courage to play aggressively. It is quite uncomfortable at times and you are going to fail often, more times than you succeed.
The message I just try to keep pushing on to the guys is that we have many people who can play the other style of the game – the safe, conservative approach. But what separates the best are those who are prepared to go out and get what they want rather than wait for someone to give it to them.
“Once you have success doing it, it just empowers you and your confidence grows and your aura as a cricketer grows. Oppositions start treating you differently. They start being wary of you as a player rather than focusing purely on your weaknesses.
That’s what I am trying to drive into some of the young guys, the likes of Shubman and Nitish in particular because they have the game. They are only suffocated by their own insecurities or pressures at this stage. They are tremendous talents,” the 39-year-old further added.