Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Ajinkya Rahane had a special mention for Umesh Yadav as he hailed Kolkata’a bowling unit for doing a good job against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2022 campaign opener. KKR beat CSK by six wickets in the game to board the first points of the new season.
Addressing the post-match press conference after the game, Ajinkya Rahane praised veteran Indian pacer, Umesh Yadav, for his spell of 2/20 in the match. He further said that Yadav’s spell was one of the many reasons why KKR won the match.
Umesh Yadav Has Proved Himself For So Many Years: Ajinkya Rahane
“Umesh has been bowling really well. He has proved himself for so many years now. He has the pace, I thought he bowled really well. He also got an opportunity after a long time, especially in this format, in the IPL.
“The way he bowled today – those wickets upfront were really crucial for us – and I am really happy for Umesh,” the former India Test vice-captain said at the post-match press conference.
Umesh was ably supported by the KKR spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarty. They bowled 8 overs for 38 runs and took a wicket. Shivam Mavi also bowled a good spell. His first three overs cost him just 20 runs but MS Dhoni scored 15 runs off his final over disturbing his figures in the process. Andre Russel took 1/38.
Rahane also complimented KKR bowling coach Bharat Arun for working hard with the bowlers and fine-tuning their skills. He said that Arun knowing the Indian bowlers made his task easier.
Bowlers Will Do Well Under Bharat Arun: Ajinkya Rahane
“Bharat sir knows Mavi, Umesh, and all the Indian boys really well. And it’s all about giving them confidence. Mavi bowled well, Umesh bowled really well – they all are quality bowlers, they did well in the IPL before. So it’s all about giving them confidence and Bharat sir is doing that really well. I think Bharat sir is doing a great job and I am sure our bowlers will do well in this IPL,” Rahane said.
KKR next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday, March 30 at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai.