New Delhi. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has advised Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to make a change ahead of their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. can go Chopra wants the two-time champions to change their captain before their final league stage game. After a very disappointing first half of the season, KKR resumed their campaign in the UAE with three wins in five matches, but the same cannot be said for captain Eoin Morgan’s batting.
The England World Cup winning captain has so far scored just 111 runs in 13 matches at an average of 11.10. In such a situation, his poor performance with the bat has weakened the batting unit of KKR. To strengthen their middle order, Aakash Chopra urged KKR to leave Morgan and give his overseas position to someone else. He cited the example of how Gautam Gambhir had offered to leave himself in 2014.
Talking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “Kolkata, I beg you with folded hands. I am giving you two or three options. First change the captain, you have done this before and there is no shame in that. I was talking to Gautam recently. Talking about the 2014 season he said that he could not score any runs in the first three matches so he went to the coach and said that I am not able to do that, just let me sit outside because I am not contributing. Am.”
The former Indian opener suggested Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to be included in the playing XI instead of Eoin Morgan. He said, “Morgan must have thought the same, because it has been 13 innings and his average is 11. We are not seeing any great decision in captaincy in your team selection. So maybe it’s time to bring in Shakib Al Hasan in place of Morgan.” Chopra also wants the franchise to include another bowler in their line-up instead of Tim Seifert and not put too much pressure on Venkatesh Iyer.
“If you’re not bringing Seifert to bat at the top of the order, you can’t play. So take Ben Cutting in his place. Do something, because you don’t have a lockie, you should have at least five bowlers. Five bowlers and Venkatesh Iyer are fine, but four bowlers and Venkatesh Iyer? It doesn’t make any sense my friend. I honestly don’t understand how you can expect so much from him. He’s doing well, but he’s not Superman.”
He further said, “When you write those names on the sheet, please see how many bowlers there are, because there is no point in batting so much. You said you don’t have balance without Russell, but you also said there’s a specific role for Ben Cutting. There will be no better role than this. If you don’t like Shakib then at least play with him. Actually, play Shakib too and say to Eoin Morgan, ‘It’s not working out’. It happens to everyone… but if it is an overseas captain it hurts a little more.” Knight Riders are currently at the fourth position in the table.