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Brendon McCullum looked extremely disappointed with his team’s subdued performance vs Delhi Capitals as KKR succumbed meekly to the opposition to lose by 5 wickets. IPL.
Speaking at the press conference McCullum minced no words as he came down heavily on some of his team’s batsmen without specifying names.
McCullum said that the team lacked total intent and there was no attempt to force the pace. He criticised his players for asking for freedom, loyalty and confidence during selection to express themselves but not backing up with sufficient effort on the field.
“It’s very, very disappointing, I think as a player, you ask to be given freedom and 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. That’s the style of play which both myself and the captain have asked of our players. But unfortunately, we’re not quite getting that. We’re certainly not getting it in the abundance that we need,” the KKR coach said.
“It’s very difficult if you don’t play shots to score runs, and unfortunately tonight (Thursday) we didn’t play enough shots. It’s become a bit of a theme. A saying that I’ve used throughout my career is that ‘if you can’t change a man, change the man.’ So we’ll probably have to make some changes and try and bring in some fresh personnel who will hopefully take the game on a bit more.” A visibly distraught McCullum thundered.
McCullum hailed the approach of Prithvi Shaw stating that is the template that the KKR top-order needs to follow.
It may be mentioned that both Gill and Rana are struggling to find boundaries consistently in the powerplay, scoring at around 120 strike rate which is hurting the team.
And as McCullum indicated, changes are on the cards.