IPL 2021: Andre Russell was at danger of aggravating injury in final, says McCullum

IPL 2021: Andre Russell was at risk of intensifying injury in last, says McCullum

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Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum yielded that his group was outplayed by an extremely excellent Chennai Super Kings side in the IPL last however also blamed an underwhelming middle-order batting performance for the extensive loss.

McCullum also mentioned that explosive batter Andre Russell might not make the XI regardless of striving to be match-fit after a hamstring injury. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings to their fourth Indian Premier League title, outwitting Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in a one-sided last on Friday.

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“It’s a pity that we fell short, but we were outplayed by an extremely great CSK side today,” McCullum said at the post-match press conference.

Kolkata suffered a middle-order collapse and when asked whether the problem lay precisely there, McCullum agreed. “Yeah, I believe, that’s a reasonable assessment.

“I think, our bowling group did truly great task, we fielded well and our top-order batting was outstanding, but sadly we weren’t quite able to get the genuine impact through our middle-order players.

“… there is a lot of experience there and they did not have the best of tournaments and that can occur at times,” regreted McCullum. “… but again I am just truly proud of all the guys for their efforts and what a story it was to go as close as we did after being under the pump half way through the,” he included.

The previous New Zealand essential stated the project has actually been fulfilling in more methods than one.

“… more positives than negatives, that is for sure and we stroll away with our head held high,” he asserted.

McCullum also described why Russell, who was recovering from a hamstring injury, might not make it to the summit clash.

“… Andre undoubtedly had a hamstring tear early on in the competition. He worked amazingly tough to attempt and get himself readily available. He was still at risk there. And it was a risk, I felt in a last, we just could not pay for to take,” the former wicketkeeper-batter discussed.

“And then we had another hamstring problem with Rahul Tripathi, so, appearance, such is the nature of hamstrings that he was never ever truly sure whether they are going to be fully recovered or not, and it’s such a big risk.

“… in the end we decided to choose the men who had done so well for us to enter the final and I am truly pleased with all their achievements,” he added.McCullum also lavished praise on the in-form Venkatesh Iyer, who played a key function in the group making it to the summit clash. Kolkata were suffering

at the seventh spot after the India leg of the IPL was suspended, but in a remarkable turn of fortunes, the Eoin Morgan-led side ended up second. Iyer collected 370 runs from the 10 video games that he played in the 2021 season and the head coach described his story as an unbelievable one. Released at Sat, 16 Oct 2021 00:53:10 -0500