Sehwag thinks Russell and Karthik had ‘lack of positive intent’ against MI
Former India opener Virender Sehwag thinks that Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik had lack of positive intent in chasing the target for which Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost the match by 10 runs against Mumbai Indians (MI) from a winning position in Chennai on Tuesday.
When Karthik and Russell came to bat, KKR needed just 31 runs off 28 balls which was so easy for prolific finishers like these two batsman. But some woeful batting from them and excellent bowling from MI bowlers restricted KKR to 142 for 7 and MI won the match.
Russell scored 9 runs off 15 balls and Karthik was unbeaten on 8 runs off 11 balls.
“Eoin Morgan had given a statement that they will play that way (with postive intent) after the first game but it didn’t look like that when Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik came in to bat. The way Russell and Karthik batted, it felt like they planned to take the game till the end and win it. But that didn’t happen. The batters who came before them – be it Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill or Nitish Rana – all of them played with positive intent,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Sehwag also thinks that one of two openers (Rana and Gill) should have stayed till the last to finish off the match for KKR. “Either Rana or Gill should have batted till the end. They had seen what had happened in the MI innings, despite getting off to a good start they could only manage 152,” he said.
Rana scored another half-century (57 off 47 balls) and Gill scored 33 runs off 24 balls.