Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting line-up problem is far from fixed. The Kolkata franchise won their last match against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Super Over. Their top-order under the likes of Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana have failed to fire consistently. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that their batting has been a problem.
KKR is at the fourth place in the IPL 2020 points table but has looked like a vulnerable side with teams in the bottom-half of the table set to challenge their position. Chopra said that KKR have tried variations in the batting line up but they have to been able to fix it as of now.
Shubman Gill plays slowly and gets out: Aakash Chopra
“David Warner won the toss and opted to field. KKR have a problem that they just cannot get going in their batting. They are trying but it is not happening. Gill plays but plays slowly and then he gets out. Tripathi didn’t score much,” Aakash Chopra said in a video on his Youtube channel.
“Nitish Rana played a nice small cameo but he also got out after that. Russell is not scoring, that is a problem. Dinesh Karthik did a good job in his new role as a finisher.”“KKR reached a score that was not that bad a total although not a great one because they finished strongly.”
Gill did not make as much waves as a certain Prithvi Shaw did. Nor was he backed as much. But his performance in the U-19 World Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL) did all the talking. In the lucrative tournament, Gill proved he can be better utilised as an opener than a middle-order batsman, he is solid at the top, watches the ball closely, maturing by the day and can get the team off to a good start.
Gill, however, is still to prove himself for the national team. In the couple of chances he got, the top-order batsman failed to get going. He is only 20, and would need some time to settle in. But he has surely shown in prowess for India A. Earlier in February this year, Gill hit a double century, one century and a solitary half-century against New Zealand A.
Gill averages 73.75 in first-class cricket. He has hit 2133 runs from 21 matches, laced with seven centuries and 10 half-centuries. The Punjab batsman has the highest score of 268 runs in the format.