Kolkata Knight Riders team-management’s decision to send an in-form Eoin Morgan at number six during the match against Delhi Capitals was a bit baffling. In a game where the team was chasing an improbable 229, sending one of the best T20 batsmen in the world so late did not look like the best of decisions.
In the end, Kolkata Knight Riders ended up losing the game by 18 runs despite Eoin Morgan giving his best with the bat. The England skipper blasted 44 off just 18 balls with the help of one four and five sixes before departing in the 19th over. His dismissal all but ended KKR’s hopes as they eventually ended on 210 for 8 to suffer their second defeat of the ongoing season.
Eoin Morgan batting at number six might have surprised many but as far as he is concerned, he made it clear that he was not disappointed with it. Speaking at the post-match press-conference, the England captain said that the others had to shift down after allrounder Andre Russell was promoted.
“No, I don’t think so. When you look at the batting lineup, there are a number of match-winners in that lineup,” said Eoin Morgan responding to whether he should have come earlier to bat.
“It’s very difficult one to sort of get up the order particularly (when you have) world-class batsman, allrounder Andre Russell. He’s an incredible striker of the ball. When he comes up the order, everybody shifts down a little bit,” he added.
The move to promote Russell did not work out either as the hard-hitting allrounder was out for just 13. Captain Dinesh Karthik, who came out at number five, could not return to his form either as he departed for just 6 before Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi revived KKR’s hopes for a while.