Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan has revealed that explosive all-rounder, Andre Russell, has sustained a Grade 2 hamstring tear. A call on him will be taken ahead of KKR’s Qualifier 2 match against Delhi Capitals (DC).
Russell has been working hard to get back to full match fitness. He was unavailable for KKR’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last night, which they went on to win by four wickets. They will face DC tomorrow in Sharjah, and Russell’s inclusion could be a huge boost to the team.
“Andre has a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and it’s only been a couple of weeks since that injury. He has worked incredibly hard along with our medical team with intensive rehabilitation to try and get himself back on the park.”
“We only have 48 hours before the next game. So we’ll have to take that decision (on whether he is fit to play) based on how he presents himself tomorrow (Tuesday) and the next day,” Morgan said in the post-match press conference.
Our bowlers have shown us the way – Eoin Morgan on KKR’s turnaround in Phase 2 of IPL 2021
Heading into the second leg of IPL 2021 in the UAE, KKR had only won two out of seven games. They turned their fortunes around in UAE, winning 5 out of 7 and making it to the playoffs. In the Eliminator, they defeated RCB and are now just two matches away from their third title.
“In the first phase of the tournament, we were still trying to implement Baz’s (Brendon McCullum) mantra of trying to stay positive, aggressive cricket. In the first phase, it didn’t quite happen. Throughout this second phase, people have turned up with a different motivation and drive to try and play the aggressive brand of cricket.“
“Our bowlers have shown us the way – how to be aggressive with the ball in trying to take wickets and identifying when to hold back and be a little bit more defensive. That’s led the way with our batting as well,” Morgan concluded.
Sunil Narine did the star turn with bat and ball for Kolkata, ending with figures of 4/21 in four overs before smashing a crucial 26 off 15 balls in the run chase.