Kolkata Knight Riders head coach, Brendon McCullum admits error on captaincy regards by Eoin Morgan to not give Varun Chakravarthy his second over after his opening two-wicket over against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Chennai.
After RCB won the toss and elected to bat first, the mystery spinner outfoxed Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar in his first over, the second of the innings, to pin the opposition reeling at 9/2. Kohli mistimed a big shot and was caught brilliantly outside the circle by Rahul Tripathi running back from cover; Patidar was castled with a slider and KKR was in a commanding position.
However, to a surprise to many, Eoin Morgan didn’t continue with the spinner for his second over and instead introduced Shakib Al Hasan, who was immediately taken for runs by Glenn Maxwell. Chakravarthy returned in the 7th over, but until then, Maxwell has settled in at 30 off 19 and teed off against the Tamil Nadu spinner smashing a six and a four on the first couple of deliveries.
Brendon McCullum would late reveal that Chakravarthy was saved for bowling to AB de Villiers – the battle KKR were expecting took place in the 13th and 15th over, where the South African took 12 runs off 7 balls from Chakravarthy – but he also acknowledged that the spinner should have bowled his second over in the powerplay.
“In hindsight, if we had our time again, we probably would have bowled Varun in that next over when Maxwell came out. But look, we were also trying to save Varun’s overs for (AB) De Villiers as well for when he arrived at the crease. In retrospect, we probably should have bowled that over,” Brendon McCullum said after KKR’s massive 38-run loss.
Our plans were sound, but we didn’t execute them too well: Brendon McCullum
The former New Zealand skipper asserted that KKR bowlers had plans but couldn’t execute them well enough against the likes of Maxwell and de Villiers who helped RCB to their third victory this season in as many games.
Brendon McCullum reckons both the superstar batters were too good for KKR bowlers and put them under huge pressure with their strokeplay; even Andre Russell, who has been terrific with the ball in the death in the last couple of matches, missed his mark several times feeding full-tosses to the South African.
After Sunday’s loss, KKR is placed at the 7th position on the points table, and has damaged their net run rate; they have completed their Chennai leg and will move to Mumbai to face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.
“Our plans were sound, but we didn’t execute them too well. What AB and Maxwell did is they took the pitch out of play by their presence at the crease and that put us under immense pressure,” Brendon McCullum added.