Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has admitted that the Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul-led outfit deserves to win over his team “as he has captured key moments” in his IPL game.
The Punjab Kings increased their IPL play-off chances by five wickets against KKR on Friday night.
“I thought we played another good game in cricket tonight (but) the Punjab Kings deserved the win because they captured the crucial moments, but we definitely played an arm and we got a really good cricket game,” McCullum told a virtual press conference.
KKR captain Eoin Morgan was not on the run, and the former New Zealand stumper was expecting a few runs from the England captain.
“Obviously, he (Morgan) is one of our senior players, he’s one of our international batsmen and as a captain and as his own player, he likes to give a lot more runs. There is no doubt, ”McCullum added.
“You want runs from your foreign players and you also need special attention in those important places. I am confident he will come (as well), he said, adding that senior Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-El-Hasan is in the mix for selection.
McCullum admitted that without Andre Russell, it would have been difficult to balance the side.
“In terms of balance, when you take a world-class all-rounder like Andre Russell, it’s always hard to balance on your side,” he says.
Meanwhile, Punjab Kings bowling coach Damien Wright lauded captain Rahul for a crucial 67 runs.
“Look, I thought his innings was super, we were attacking from the other end with KL and he played a real anchor for us.
“I loved watching him there at the end, but I thought his innings was super tonight and he was such a class player,” said the former Australia first-class cricketer.
Mohammad Shami and Arshadeep Singh shone for the Punjab Kings in the death overs and the bowling coach attributed their training.
“Look, I mean, it’s totally down to the way they train and apply themselves. When we play here in Dubai (bowling in death) I thought that was an area of our game where we were strong, and their last two overs were the difference in the game.
“Both of them work very hard and it pays off. He (Shami) bowled beautifully tonight,” he said, adding that young spinner Ravi Bishnoi has been heavily included in the team.