Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan stressed that the team needs to find ways of winning and not look behind.
KKR are languishing at seventh place on the points table, the team has registered only two wins from seven matches so far in the tournament.
Morgan said that his side has nothing to lose which makes them dangerous.
“We need to just look at it in one way — we absolutely control everything from here, there is no looking behind,” Morgan said during a virtual press conference ahead of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“We need to find a way of getting results and everyone in the team, fans know that can make for very exciting watching because it makes us a very dangerous side with nothing to lose,” he added.
I felt that we were playing some really good cricket: Eoin Morgan
Since last two season KKR have ended on the fifth position and lost the qualifying mark. Last year they missed the spot just by a whisker to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Morgan said that it hurts the team when they miss qualifying by the slightest margin and the KKR captain also mentioned that Abu Dhabi conditions make them feel at home.
“We fell short of qualifying for the playoffs last time, I felt that we were playing some really good cricket and peaking at the right time, small margins hurt us, not going ahead on net run rate but we feel pretty much at home here in Abu Dhabi,” Morgan said.
“The conditions here suit us and we are also going to have fans around as well,” he added.
Tim Southee is a fine international cricketer: Eoin Morgan
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee was named as a replacement for Australia’s Pat Cummins, KKR’s highest bid in IPL 2020. Southee has played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore previously.
Morgan hopes the New Zealand swing specialist contributes to KKR’s cause.
“Tim Southee is a fine international cricketer who has been there for a very very long time, with a huge amount of experience and he has also played in the IPL. He has fitted in nicely and will hopefully contribute to the squad going forward,” Morgan asserted.
KKR will face RCB on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.