Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in Australian Pacer Matt Kelly for the ongoing season of IPL as a replacement of Anrich Nortje who was ruled out of IPL with an injury. It would not be entirely wrong to say that Kelly is an unknown entity in the world cricket especially in this part of the world. Matt Kelly is Western Australia cricketer who plays for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. The right-arm pacer has impressed many with his bowling in the 2019 Big Bash league by picking up 11 wickets in 7 matches with an economy rate of 7.74.
Reports in media suggest that Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich, who also hails from Western Australia too, had suggested Kelly’s inclusion to coach Jacques Kallis. The management got impressed with Kelly’s ability to bowl at the death. Kelly has made a name for himself for his ability to execute fast yorkers with consistent accuracy. Matt Kelly’s inclusion will boost the Knight Riders as the two-time champion seems to be struggling with their pace department. The Knight Riders’ have a depleted pace attack as they lost three pacers – Nortje, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkotti – even before the start of the season.
Interestingly, Knight Riders who are known for their bowling department have picked the least number of wickets so far this season. The addition of Kelly will help the Knight Riders bowling at the death which has struggled to keep things tight. Although Kelly does not possess much experience but has been very impressive in his short career so far.
Here is a clip showing what Matt Kelly brings to the table:
That’s the length ✅ https://t.co/GlqmcKF8Q5
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) April 11, 2019
Scorchers fast bowler Matt Kelly is off to the IPL!
Fun fact: Loves a yorker. pic.twitter.com/t6M7smvw4Z
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) April 11, 2019
Meanwhile, the Knight Riders have won four of their first seven games but have lost their last two games against Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. They will have a chance to get back to winning way when they take on Super Kings again at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.