Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 05:18 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) ended their IPL tournament in 7th position and had 12 points from 14 matches. Shardul Thakur played 11 matches and took 7 wickets. Shardul Thakur wasn’t properly used by KKR’s management as the pacer has a knack of breaking partnerships.
KKR made a lot of wholesale changes throughout the tournament and should have shown faith in a combination. KKR skipper Nitish Rana had a brilliant outing with the bat in hand and amassed 413 runs in 14 matches and struck 3 half-centuries.
KKR now have to make a decision on the flamboyant all-rounder Andre Russell. The pinch hitter couldn’t play the role of finisher and at the same time, Sunil Narine too wasn’t able to fox the batters with his variations.
The rise of Rinku Singh which helped KKR win contests. Rinku Singh, the destructive left handed batter scored 474 runs in 14 innings with a strike rate of 149.53 and was fighting the lone battle.
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A 10 crore player Shardul Thakur not used properly by KKR – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra was seen speaking on his show ‘AakashVaani’ and was quite fumed up on KKR’s management for not handling Shardul Thakur and gave couple of instances. Aakash Chopra pointed out that Shardul Thakur had the knack of breaking crucial partnerships for the team.
“Lord Thakur came to bat at No. 3 once. He didn’t bowl that day. Then when he was bowling, he was given one over at times and didn’t bowl at all on other occasions. Batting at No. 3 at times and didn’t bat at all on other occasions. It was beyond my understanding,” said Aakash Chopra.
“He was slightly injured, he probably bowled a little less because of that, but to not bowl at all – you gave 10 crores to take him from Delhi. A 10-crore player, an Indian international, somebody who has this wicket-taking luck, he makes things happen, but he was not used properly at all,” he added.