Ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, head coach Brendon McCullum defined the gameplan to his workforce in a really distinctive manner.
Kolkata registered a commanding nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore of their opening recreation of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 on Monday.
In a video shared by the franchise on social media, McCullum could be seen demonstrating the sport plan by a recreation of pool. He picked up off-spinner Sunil Narine adopted by fielding coach James Foster to play the sport of pool. In the video, McCullum describes the pool desk as a cricket discipline and breaking the bunch of balls because the toss. He then shares totally different insights as the sport proceeds and co-relates it with the precise recreation state of affairs.
“That’s slightly creative way to do it. But what I am trying to get across here is that this might be a game but this games which go on with games out of the field, right? And if we start well, great, but doesn’t mean we are in the game. We still have to keep making plays all the way long. We have to protect our leads at times. Increase our leads at times,” mentioned McCullum whereas attempting to relay the gameplan in opposition to a troublesome workforce like Mumbai.
“There’s lot of opportunities in the game where one team can completely grasp the ascendancy and put the other team away. But the other player, the other team has to continue to hold on. As continued to be able to stay in the game. Think about ways to get themselves back in the game, take away some pressure from yourself and put some pressure back on the opposition,” added McCullum.
McCullum identified that as a workforce, Kolkata must take into consideration methods to get again within the match each time after being pushed behind. “But if we start badly, doesn’t mean we have lost the game just because we lose the break. We lose a couple wickets or go for 30 off the first couple of overs, we hang in the game. We just keep hanging in the game and rely on those guys who are out of the field with us to help us with that cohesion, that camaraderie and trusting one another while we are out there to make the plays so that we get an opportunity. If you dissect what I have just said onto a cricket field, then I think we will be pretty good.”
Kolkata, the 2012 and 2014 IPL Champions, are presently positioned sixth within the factors desk with six factors from eight matches. The final time these two groups confronted one another in IPL 2021, Mumbai received the match by 10 runs in Chennai.