New Delhi: KKR was routed by Delhi Capitals in the 25th match of IPL played between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi Capitals registered a convincing win by 7 wickets in 16.3 overs. Prithvi Shaw played a stormy innings for DC, scoring 82 runs off 41 balls. Shikhar Dhawan hit 46 runs off 47 balls.
KKR is now fifth in the points table. KKR have lost 5 out of 7 matches. It has four points. Coach Brandon McCullum has been severely outraged at KKR’s defeat.
After the match, he said during the presentation, “It is very, very disappointing. I think as a player, you are asked for freedom, confidence and loyalty at the time of selection, to make the most of your game on the field. And are expected to be aggressive and try. Do anything for your team.
He said, “The style of play in the IPL is different, we have already talked to the players about it, but unfortunately we are not able to do that. We are definitely not performing the game we need needed.
McCullum praised Delhi Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw, saying, “What we saw tonight from this player, it was a true blueprint of how we wanted to play.” You won’t always be able to hit every ball for four or six, but you can intend to do so. Especially when you have got a free license. You don’t play shots to score runs, unfortunately tonight we couldn’t play enough shots.
McCullum then gave a clear message of change, saying, “One of the proverbs that I have used in my career is that ‘If you can’t change a man, change a man.” So we will probably have to make some changes and try to get some new players.
Aiming at these players
Although McCullum did not name anyone, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana were his targets. Shubman has scored only 132 runs at an average of less than 19 as an opener in seven matches and has a strike-rate below 120. At the same time Nitish Rana has scored only 201 runs with a strike rate of 122.56.