Kolkata Knight Riders’ chief mentor David Hussey has lavished praises on English limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan. Eoin Morgan went to KKR in the auction that happened back in December 2019 and is in a scintillating form with the bat. David Hussey believes that the southpaw could prove as a brilliant mentor to captain Dinesh Karthik.
As per the fixtures released by the BCCI, KKR will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians on the 23rd of September in their first IPL game. The 13th edition of the extravaganza will take place in the UAE since it had to be moved from India due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from Eoin Morgan, the two-time champions also secured the services of Australian paceman Pat Cummins. He fetched a jaw-dropping amount of INR 15 crores.
Speaking of Eoin Morgan, David Hussey opined that being a World Cup-winning skipper, classy player, and an experienced captain, he would be an excellent ally for Dinesh Karthik. Hussey believes that Morgan could help the bowlers while fielding and is a composed cricketer on the field. The former Australian batsman added that the southpaw is also known for controlling the innings to great effect in middle overs and prove very useful in a tight tournament.
“He is a World Cup-winning captain. He has captained England for a long time. Classy player. He will be a great ally for Dinesh Karthik. Maybe fielding in the ring and talking to the bowlers while our captain’s behind the stumps, keeping wickets. He is also a very cool calm and collected person so… he will be very handy in the middle order controlling things with our captain as well. So I do expect them to have a really good relationship on and off the field. He is going to go a long way in having a cool head and winning many games for KKR during a very tight tournament,” Hussey stated as quoted by Times Now.
“He is probably the heartbeat of the team” : David Hussey
The Victorian praised England’s Tom Banton, who was snapped by KKR for INR 1 crore and hailed him as the Kevin Pietersen of this generation for taking the game head-on. Furthermore, David Hussey talked about the possibility of promoting Andre Russell up the order if it works in their favour. Hussey labelled Russell as the heartbeat of the team, who could also hit a double-hundred if batted for 60 balls.
“What a player. He takes the game on. He is probably the new or better version of Kevin Pietersen I believe. He is going to be a great pickup by KKR. Why not? If it benefits the team and helps us win games, why not. He comes in at No 3 and bats 60 balls he might actually make a double hundred! So anything can happen with him. He is probably the heartbeat of the team. We have some well-balanced players and anyone can bat anywhere,” the 43-year old added.