Lavishing reward on debutant Venkatesh Iyer, skipper Eoin Morgan stated the Madhya Pradesh batsman’s unbeaten knock towards Royal Challengers Bangalore signified the “aggressive” model of cricket Kolkata Knight Riders aspire to play.
After bowling out RCB for a paltry 92, openers Iyer (41 not out) and Shubhman Gill (48) helped KKR cruise to a nine-wicket win with 10 overs to spare.
“I feel Venky, the way in which he got here in and performed, was excellent. Certainly, the model of cricket we need to play. We have a whole lot of expertise inside our group,” Morgan said at the post-match press conference. “Playing the Brendon McCullum (manner), that’s the aggressive nature wherein we need to play.
“Although he was very aggressive, he managed to play with drastic control throughout the innings and his opening partnership with Shubman Gill was stunning to observe,” he added.
Swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell got here in at quantity three and requested whether or not this could typically be the case, Morgan stated, “No, I think it is open to interpretation.”
“I think, given the way that we played today and the position that we found ourselves in and the run-chase we had an opportunity to really affect our run-rate position, hence Russ (Russell) going up the order,” he defined.
Despite the big-win, Morgan conceded that it was a problem for his aspect to make the final 4, as they’re at present on the fifth spot with six factors from eight video games.
“There is no doubt that it is going to be a challenge, but our main aim is to turn up and try and play cricket like we have done today. I think if we do that, we give ourselves the best chance of progressing,” stated the England limited-overs skipper.
“It is one thing that the franchise has executed earlier than and gone on to win the championship, so we take confidence from that however extra so from our efficiency with the ball and the bat and within the subject as we speak.
“Moving ahead, if we proceed to play in that method, it makes us a harmful aspect,” Morgan signed off.