New Delhi: In the 45th match of IPL 2021, Punjab Kings defeated KKR by 5 wickets. With this defeat, KKR’s playoff hopes have suffered a major setback. KKR’s team seemed to be in a good rhythm at one point of time, but ever since their biggest match winner was out injured, they have been facing big problems.
Problem caused by the departure of this player
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum has said that all-rounder Andre Russell’s injury has affected the team’s balance. Russell has been an important player of KKR and has contributed many times to the team’s victory. In the IPL 2021 season, Russell has scored 183 runs in 10 matches and has taken 11 wickets.
big impact on balance
McCullum admitted that Russell’s hamstring injury against Chennai Super Kings has affected the team’s balance. KKR had to face defeat by five wickets against Punjab Kings on Friday. McCullum said, “In terms of balance, when you take out a world class all-rounder like Russell, it is always difficult to keep your side balanced. I know we arrived in Sharjah the second day, we just missed one batsman and in that situation we felt that we can accommodate an extra batsman.
praise this player
McCullum said, ‘We felt that we can use the bowling of Venkatesh Iyer, who has been very good for us. When you keep one of your big players, who is an all-rounder, always the balance of the team gets affected.