Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan can’t help but marvel at the ‘fantastic turnaround’ his team have achieved in this edition of the Indian Premier League, virtually reversing their game to emerge strong contenders for a third IPL title.
As the two-time champions take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli at Sharjah Cricket Ground later on Monday, captain Morgan said the atmosphere in the camp was “quite confident” and “we are looking forward to the game”. immensely”.
From sitting in the bottom half of the table after the 2021 IPL first leg, KKR made an incredible turnaround and Morgan believes the playoff game would serve as “another opportunity to get things done.”
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“It was a fantastic turnaround. Our performance has always been good. The atmosphere in the camp is rather confident and we look forward to Monday’s game. It’s another opportunity to get things done, ”Morgan said.
Morgan placed great faith in KKR’s first order and also insisted that with Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana in the middle order, KKR will take a positive approach in their dealings with RCB bowlers.
An important factor in the consistent performance of KKR is the stick of Tripathi. Arriving at No.3, the right-hander amassed 377 points in 13 innings at a strike rate of 142.80, giving the team a much needed boost in the intermediates and death. In the current edition of the IPL, KKR has scored 943 middle points (7-15 overs) in 14 innings at a strike rate of 129.89, the best this season among all other teams.
“If anyone is watching the games, you see them (Tripathi and Rana) come out and play a positive role during that time. Both have done an amazing job so far and I hope it continues for us.
“Our top three drummers are in great shape. Considering the challenges at three different venues, we have adapted very well throughout the tournament. I think that’s something we need to do (later Monday) as well, ”Morgan added.
The skipper also praised the bowlers, especially Lockie Ferguson and the mysterious duo of Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine.
“I think there is a lot of talent in the IPL on different teams but definitely when it comes to these two mystery spinners I think they offer a lot,” he said, adding: ” Lockie has been in great shape throughout the year, and regardless of the past three weeks he’s clearly been a big impact bowler. He takes on a lot of responsibility as a foreign player. “
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