IPL 2021: Sehwag slams KKR’s code word strategy
Kolkata Knight Riders got the better of Punjab Kings by 5 wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. With this win, they moved from the bottom of the points table to the fifth position. This is their second win of this season.
KKR restricted KL Rahul led Punjab Kings to 123/9 in 20 overs. The Knight Riders chased the target in 16.4 overs with the help of captain Eoin Morgan’s match-winning 47* and Rahul Tripathi’s 41.
During the game, a strange incident took place when PBKS’ score read 47/3 in 9.4 overs. At that time, KKR analyst Nathan Leamon kept a mysterious placard reading ’54.’ Nathan also plies his trade as an analyst for the England men’s cricket team.
He came under fire for the first time during England’s limited-overs tour of South Africa in 2020, where he used some letters and numbers to give a hint or a secret message to Eoin Morgan.
Since the video of the incident is going viral on the internet, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag expressed his opinion over KKR’ mysterious codeword technique.
“We have only seen such code language in the army. I think ’54’ was the name of their plan which could be about bowling a certain bowler at a particular time. I think that’s a little help that management and coaches want to give to the captain from the dugout. There’s nothing to frown upon in this, but if they are dictating from the outside then in this way, anyone can be the captain right? There’s no role left for Eoin Morgan’s popular instinctive power in the game, the power with which he won the World Cup,” quoted Virender Sehwag to Cricbuzz.
Experts, commentators and fans tried to crack the code but nobody could decipher the exact meaning. Sehwag reckoned that the code was conveying any bowling adjustments or notifying Morgan of a previously prepared plan.
“I think one should definitely get help from outside but the captain himself has some instincts about which type of bowler to use when. I am not saying don’t take the help from outside because sometimes even the 25th player can give a good suggestion.
But this suggestion should be only something which helps the captain and he thinks ‘Right, I didn’t think about it in this way. Also, these things can help if he has forgotten something and the code reminds him of that then there’s no issue,” said Sehwag.