Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta believes that when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Venkatesh Iyer keep scoring quick runs people don’t pay attention to the strike rate of his partner Shubman Gill.
Shubman Gill was awarded man of the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 49th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 for his 57 runs off 51 balls at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, October 3.
Talking about Gill’s inning on ESPNCricinfo Deep Dasgupta told he feels that a fearless approach was missing from his batting which might be because of Venkatesh Iyer losing his wicket very soon. Former Indian cricketer asserted:
“The fearless approach was missing from Shubman Gill’s innings today. It could be because it might be the first time Venkatesh Iyer didn’t get runs. When Iyer keeps the run flow going then we don’t really pay attention to Shubman Gill’s strike rate. The other reason could be the pitch and the fact that they were not chasing a huge target.”
KKR’s Middle-order Has Not Fired – Deep Dasgupta
Team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is having a very good in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 UAE leg, mainly because of their openers doing well. However, the middle-order batting unit has looked fragile. Meanwhile, Dasgupta believes that with Shakib Al Hasan getting back into playing XI team KKR will get much-needed balance.
“KKR’s middle-order has not fired, if you talk about Morgan even he didn’t look convincing. But the presence of Shakib Al Hasan has given them more balance. In the last game they played Siefert so while there was batting depth, they were short in bowling. But with Shakib’s presence, it is looking much better especially in absence of Andre Russell,” Deep Dasgupta concluded.
Meanwhile, Currently Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is in 4th position in the points table and if they win their next match they might end up being the 4th and last team to qualify for playoffs.