Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach David Hussey hinted on Sunday that there could be a serious shake-up in player XI after the team lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six checkouts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) game at Wankhede Stadium.
The KKR coach hinted that West Indies wagon Andre Russell could be pushed out in the upcoming matches, while New Zealand’s fast right-hand bowling Loki Ferguson could be included in the XI.
“We just had to start a partnership at this (crucial) stage when Andre Russell was ready to come in next and play with his best spark. Maybe when he has 3 or 4 overs ahead, Russell can hit 30 or 40 runs around 15 balls, “said the former Australian cricket, adding that” In a perfect world, Russell could go to number 3 and win 200, I guess. “
“But it didn’t have to be tonight and we’ll look at all the strategies going forward as we take the Punjab Kings in a few days and it’s all on the table,” Hussey said.
As for whether New Zealand’s fast bowling Lockie Fergusion could look into the next game, Hussey said: “Well, he’s probably chosen by his friends. He’s a great player, a great bowler for New Zealand. He played especially well for Kolkata Knight Riders last year. And he will insist on a choice in the other matches. I think everyone is at the table in terms of selection and we have a difficult decision because we have to start winning in some games. “
Young opener Shubman Gil has scored just 80 runs in the five IPL innings this season, failing to give KKR the start they need. On Saturday against RR, he managed only 11 of 19 deliveries. But Hussey defended the player, saying: “Gil’s class is constant and he will eventually score the most mileage in IPL 2021.”
“He came out of the test arena with an assault in Australia (when India was on the Down Under tour). The way he works on his game, in the networks, he is very specific. He has a great work ethic. So all I can do I say probably this form will come and go, but the class is always constant.He is an individual off the field, but also an extremely talented player on the field.Mark my words, I think he will be one of the most accurate batsmen until the end of the tournament. It’s an absolute class act, “said Hussey.