Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar expressed his disappointment at KKR’s batting show against Delhi Capitals.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) once again lost to Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets in Match 22 of IPL 2021 in Ahmedabad where their poor batting was one of the reasons.
Sunil Gavaskar added that KKR lack class in their batting order and also shared that their middle-order woes are hurting them in this season of IPL. The former India captain, however, didn’t agree with KKR’s tactics to use West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine at No. 4 and No. 5, citing that it’s a “waste of time and space”.
Gavaskar further added that Kolkata Knight Riders can look at promoting the wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik higher-up in the batting order and use Sunil Narine only if he opens the batting and “throw his bat around” in the powerplay overs as well.
However, Gavaskar’s analysis came after KKR once again struggled to post 154 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs on a good batting pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant led Delhi to rode on a 41-ball 82 from Prithvi Shaw to chase down the target in just 16.3 overs and hand KKR another defeat of the season in 7 matches as well.
“If you have a look at their batting, apart from Shubman Gill, and Morgan himself, there is no class” – Sunil Gavaskar
“It’s difficult, isn’t it? (Turnaround). To be honest, they don’t have too many classy batsmen. I don’t know how many in the dug-out they can look to and say ‘why don’t you come in and bat?’,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports. “If you have a look at their batting, apart from Shubman Gill, and Morgan himself, there is no class. Apart from Andre Rusell down at 5 or 6 and Dinesh Karthik I would look at promoting Karthik up the order or Rahul Tripathi up the order.”
“Sunil Narine, at 4 or 5, is a waste of time, waste of space. It doesn’t make any sense having him there. If you want to have Narine, have him at the top of the order where can throw his bat around, and connect a few. KKR’s problem is that they haven’t got anybody in that 3, 4 or 5 who can play an impact innings. That is making a big difference in the side,” he further added.
On Thursday, KKR struggled from the beginning after opener Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi fell in quick succession. They lost the captain Eoin Morgan for 0 as well. Narine, who came to bat at No. 5 failed to contribute. Only Shubman Gill scored 43 but he took 38 balls following which Dinesh Karthik also failed to score quick. However, Andre Russell’s 27-ball 45 not out helped KKR get past 150 which was chased down by Delhi easily.