Advertisement
Wednesday, Dec 08, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan Calls Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer 'Shining Light' After Huge RR Win

With this 86-run win over RR, KKR have all but sealed the final IPL 2021 playoff qualification spot, putting MI out of contention. MI's match vs SRH is now nothing but a dead rubber.

KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan Calls Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer 'Shining Light' After Huge RR Win
Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer once again gave KKR a flying start stitching 79 runs for the opening wicket against RR in IPL 2021 on Thursday. | BCCI-IPL
KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan Calls Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer 'Shining Light' After Huge RR Win
outlookindia.com
2021-10-11T16:27:33+05:30

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan said they did everything right on the field on Thursday and deserved to end up on the winning side against Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 86 runs, virtually assuring their IPL 2021 playoff berth.

HIGHLIGHTS | SCHEDULE | POINTS | NEWS

With this huge win, KKR not only improved their net run rate but also knocked Mumbai Indians (MI) out of the contention as it is impossible for the Rohit Sharma-led side to rise over KKR even if they win. For MI, they literally need to win by a 170-plus margin against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, which is next to impossible.

“I don’t think it could have got better. Losing the toss and batting was difficult. The start we got was fantastic. (Shubman) Gill and (Venkatesh) Iyer have been our shining light. To get 170 we thought was in a commanding position. A really strong performance today,” Morgan said after the match.

“Having aggressive players coming in the middle order helped us kick...I am not too attached to things as to what will happen and what won’t happen... We have done everything tonight. We deserved to win...”

Morgan said Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has lived up to the team’s expectation with his stellar performance, having replaced injured Andre Russell in the last two matches of the UAE leg. “He has contributed massively. We are taking it day by day (with Russell), so he’s working incredibly hard. Fingers crossed.”

RR skipper Sanju Samson said missing the English trio of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the second phase cost the team’s prospects dearly.

“Those were the challenges (losing Stokes, Buttler and Archer)... Being the captain, I changed the way I look at my innings. I look at the conditions and the batsmen around me. Always thinking about the match situation... That got me a bit more runs,” he said.

Samson said 172 was easily chaseable on this wicket but they failed in execution. “...171 was easy chaseable on this wicket with the batting line-up we have. We wanted to execute whatever we planned, but we didn’t do it today,” he said.

“(But) I am very proud of the character we showed. We were losing some easy games. We wanted to do well mindset wise. We need to play a better standard of cricket.”

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Breaking | 4 Dead After Helicopter Carrying CDS Bipin Rawat Crashes In Tamil Nadu

Breaking | 4 Dead After Helicopter Carrying CDS Bipin Rawat Crashes In Tamil Nadu

The helicopter was reportedly flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington with 14 personnel including senior officials on board.

Aung San Suu Kyi Verdict 'Disturbing' But Will It Change India's Equation With Myanmar?

Aung San Suu Kyi Verdict 'Disturbing' But Will It Change India's Equation With Myanmar?

While India has time and again appealed for rapprochement between the democratic forces and the military, it has continued to engage with the junta in Myanmar.

Ashes, 1st Test: Cummins Steals The Show On Rain-Affected Day 1

Ashes, 1st Test: Cummins Steals The Show On Rain-Affected Day 1

Pat Cummins made his captaincy debut in style with a fifer at The Gabba, helping Australia dismiss England for 147. Then rain arrived.

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

What has led to this change of heart over the past few years for the Church, long seen to be anathemic to the Sangh Parivar?

Advertisement