KKR Coach Brendon McCullum criticizes top-order for not showing “intent & aggression” in the ongoing IPL!

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KKR Head Coach Brendon McCullum is not happy with the team’s top-order Performance!

KKR Head Coach Brendon McCullum criticized his team’s top-order batsmen for not showing enough “intent & aggression” in the ongoing IPL after KKR faced defeat in yesterday’s clash against Delhi Capitals.

McCullum didn’t name anyone but KKR opener batsman Shubman Gill is among the batsmen who have been completely out of form in the recent matches being played. As an opener batsman in all seven matches, he has just scored 132 runs at an average of less than 19 & at a strike rate of below 120.  McCullum also added that after KKR’s fifth loss in the ongoing IPL season, the team “have to make some changes for sure”.

“It’s very very disappointing. I think as a player you ask to be given freedom & confidence and loyalty when it comes to selection, to go out there and take the game on and try and be aggressive… and to try and make things happen for your team,” Brendon McCullum said at the post-match conference after KKR faced fifth loss against the Delhi capitals.

“That’s the style of play which both myself & the captain Eoin Morgan have asked from our players. But unfortunately, we are not quite getting that. We are certainly not getting it in abundance that we actually need”, McCullum said after another below-par batting effort. 

KKR posted a meager target of 154 runs which was very comfortable for DC to chase. As Prithvi Shaw hit six boundaries in the opening over from Shivam Mavi. His quick-fire 82 runs off 41 balls helped DC to chase the target easily.

McCullum expects his team’s batsmen to go for some big shots & play more fearlessly!

“The performance we saw from Prithvi Shaw was a perfect template of how we want players to play. You are not always going to be able to hit every ball for four or six, but you can have the intent to do so, particularly when you’re given a free license. 

“It’s very difficult to win if you don’t play shots & unfortunately tonight we didn’t play enough shots. It has become a bit of a theme”, McCullum’s statement clearly indicated that he was talking about Gill & Nitish Rana.

“A saying that I have often used throughout my career is that if you can’t change a man, change the man. So we will have to make some changes & try to bring in some fresh players who will accelerate the game a bit more”.

The thing which has irritated McCullum is that on slow pitches, it becomes more important to deliver in the power play overs as it becomes even harder to score runs during middle and back-end overs. 

McCullum hinted that the team will undergo some changes with new players coming into the KKR squad

McCullum said, “Look on a slow surface you have to really maximize the new ball & the fielding restrictions. One thing we have to get our heads around is that in T20 cricket, you’ve got to part from the old-school mentality of trying to find a boundary and then get a one.”

“If you score a boundary, then look for another & then for another. If you are able to do that then the opposition bowler comes under pressure & normally what happens is that they don’t execute really well”, McCullum further elaborated what he wanted from Gill & Rana”.

“It’s incredibly disappointing because I’ve asked time and time again for us to be more aggressive and more expressive and take the game on, and we continue to not do it. So we’re going to have to make some changes for sure”, McCullum concluded. From McCullum’s statement, it’s clear that we would see some crucial changes happening in KKR’s line-up.

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