Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell are amongst the cricketers who would be on focus when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Mumbai Indians to open their IPL 2020 campaign. Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell will most likely book two out of the four overseas slots in KKR’s playing eleven in Abu Dhabi for the opener. The English limited-overs skipper wishes to maintain a cool head around a fiery display of Russell.
Eoin Morgan provides the much-needed stability to Kolkata’s middle-order, which was their Achilles Heel last year. Morgan could also assist skipper Dinesh Karthik in captaincy as a World Cup-winning skipper and a reputation of maintaining is composure during adversity. On the other hand, Andre Russell is the heartbeat of their batting line-up and a game-changer with both bat and ball. With the bat, Russell strikes at 186 and could turn the game on its head within a few deliveries.
Eoin Morgan understands that Andre Russell has performed the finisher’s role quite well for several years. He hopes to assist him in the job if he gets the nod. Eoin Morgan, who has previously played for KKR a few years ago, said that his batting has improved quite a lot since.
“I know Russell has done that role significantly well for a number of years for Kolkata. He’s done exceptionally well. If I get a go, I will be able to aid that. I think it’s been quite a few years since I played at KKR. Just looking at my batting, my game has come on quite a lot in the last three or four years. I would like to think I’ve come on quite well,” Morgan stated as quoted by Times of India.
“The wickets have been more similar to English conditions” : Eoin Morgan
The southpaw expressed his delightfulness at the options they have in the squad across all facets. Morgan added that there is more versatility, especially in the batting department. The 33-year old also stated that the wickets in the UAE are quite similar to the ones in England.
“I think with the squad we have, it gives us better options, particularly in batting and bowling. I think within the squad we have a number of very versatile cricketers who can specifically control the batting department. Having watched the games so far, the wickets have been more similar to English conditions,” he added.