Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan attributed the team’s massive reversal in the second leg of IPL-14 to his bowlers’ aggressive approach.
During Monday’s eliminator, Sunil Narine saw his ‘old secret’ with the ball and then topped it with three monster sixes as KKR dreamed of a four-wicket win over Virat Kohli to win the IPL trophy.
In the first phase of the tournament, I think we are trying to implement the mantra of Baz (head coach Brendan McCullum). I’m playing, “said Morgan.
“It didn’t happen completely in that first phase, in different games, we showed its glimpses, but in this whole second phase, people tried for different motivation and tried to play that aggressive brand cricket.”
The first phase of the IPL took place in India before it was stopped due to Kovid-19 cases in Bio Bubble.
“Our bowlers showed us the way to be aggressive with the ball and trying to pick up wickets and when to lag behind and when to be more defensive and it also led to our batting,” he said. .
Speaking at a post-match press conference, the captain praised all-rounder Narine, who played a key role in the team’s victory over RCB, saying his impact on the match with the bat and ball was “huge”.
“I think he’s the best he’s today. With the bat and the ball, his impact on the game is huge. He changed pace when he left to bat and the guys became completely in favor of us after the platform was placed on top of the order (us),” Morgan said.
Selected as Player of the Match, Narine returned a fine 4/21 and then scored 26 off 15 balls, proving that his guest role was ultimately a difference.
“I think with the ball, he bowled as well as I saw him. That guy is consistently exceptional every time he takes the field and always takes big wickets in the game. He was able to do that today,” Morgan said.
Opponents Captain Kohli and AB de Villiers were in Narine Scolps and Morgan felt the 33-year-old Trinidadian was working to improve his game.
“He’s always working on his game. He’s always trying to improve his things and always thinking about things.
“I don’t think he’s the only bowler to spin the ball today. We have seen Varun Chakraborty beat the batters on many occasions, inside and out and even UG (Yujvendra) Chahal spinning the bowl, so I really thought (that) wicket turned out to be more than expected today,” he said. Said Morgan.
The captain provided an update on injured swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell.
“The decision we make is clear every day. Andre has grade 2 tendon tears and it’s only been a few weeks since that injury. He worked very hard with our medical team, trying desperately to get himself back in the park.
“We only have 48 hours before the next game, so we have to make that decision based on how he will perform himself tomorrow and the next day,” Morgan said.
Morgan said Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan was available for selection in Qualifier 2.
He also spoke in praise of Kohli, who played his last game as RCB captain.
“Virat is clearly a classy and experienced captain who has been in the IPL and international cricket for a long time,” he joked.
KKR will play Delhi Capitals on Wednesday for a place in the Chennai Super Kings’ awaited final.