New Delhi. In the 41st match of the Indian Premier League 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR vs DC) made two major changes in their playing XI against Delhi Capitals. The first change was that Sandeep Warrier, who was the reason for KKR’s defeat in the previous match, was given a chance in place of Krishna, while Tim Southee got a place in the playing XI in place of Andre Russell. Andre Russell is injured, due to which KKR has given him rest. However, Indian cricketers Akash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Gautam Gambhir looked very surprised before the pacer Tim Southee got a chance in place of Russell. Aakash Chopra even said that Tim Southee got a chance in KKR because of his friendship with head coach Brendon McCullum.
Aakash Chopra said in the Star Sports show, ‘Tim Southee used to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier. Has always proved to be expensive in the T20 format. They have conceded 20-20 runs in an over. I feel that if Brendon McCullum was not the head coach of KKR, then Tim Southee would not have got a place in KKR. Gautam Gambhir also agreed with Aakash Chopra’s point. He said that it is because of his friendship with McCullum that Saudi is in the KKR team.
Pathan surprised to get Saudi chance in place of Russell
Irfan Pathan also expressed surprise at giving a chance to Saudi instead of Russell. Irfan Pathan said that KKR could have given Ben Cutting a chance instead of Tim Southee. Who is an all-rounder just like Russell. Ben Cutting also plays T20 leagues around the world, so he should have got a chance. However, KKR has a different thinking.
In Sharjah, KKR captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Delhi Capitals also made a significant change in their team. Captain Rishabh Pant told that Prithvi Shaw is injured and Steve Smith has been given a chance in his place.
Delhi Capitals Playing XI – Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrique Norkhia and Avesh Khan.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI – Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakraborty, Sandeep Warrier.