The head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Brendon McCullum has lashed out at his players for showing lack of intent in their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Kolkata Knight Riders faced one of their most humiliating victories ever as they were beaten by RCB by 8 wickets on Wednesday. KKR‘s batting line up saw one of the worst ever batting debacles as the team could manage only 84 runs in their 20 overs batting first after winning the toss.
RCB chased the target with 8 wickets in hand to go on the second spot in the IPL 2020 points table. KKR, on the other hand, remain on the fourth spot after the loss. However, on Thursday, after the game between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), KKR will lose the fourth spot and their coach, Brendon McCullum is clearly unhappy with his players.
Brendon McCullum Not At All Happy With The KKR Players
“Before the game we spoke about showing some intent especially at the top of the order and, unfortunately, we lacked that tonight. So that’s something we have to address. We were very poor with bat in hand. You are not going to win too many games from 40 for 6,” McCullum said.
“We are still fourth in the tournament, which is very fortunate for us. The destiny is still in our hands. We have to tidy up some of the areas. It’s just that we were very timid in our approach. That’s a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent. If you are defending 84, you win one out of 150 games. Tonight wasn’t good enough from the batting point of view,” Brendon McCullum added.
We Have To Bounce Back Quickly: McCullum
“We have to bounce back because we have a game in a few days time. That will be the nature of the tournament as well with the conditions being challenging. We have to find a way to pick ourselves and find results when it’s challenging,” McCullum further said.
“We had planned that they will hit us with their seamers. Here in Abu Dhabi, it’s been quite useful for the seamers. If you flip it, [Aaron] Finch was trying to walk at the bowlers and trying to ask some questions. Sometimes that’s what you have to do. You have to be creative to get yourself into the game. We have to find a way to enter the game and you can’t be in a situation that we were and expect to win. I don’t think we were able to enter the game at any stage. None of our top-order batsmen were able to get going,” he concluded.