After experiencing middle-order collapse in the Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah on Wednesday, the Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey hinted that all-rounder Andre Russell might be back in KKR’s playing XI for the IPL 2021 final against Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
Updating about his recovery at the post-match press conference after the thrilling win over Delhi Capitals, Hussey said Russell is recovering from his injury and might be in the mix for the IPL final against Chennai Super Kings. He was bowling before the game against DC, Hussey said.
After the middle-order wobble, the KKR managed to defeat Delhi Capitals by 3-wickets in Sharjah on Wednesday.
Chasing 136 against Capitals, the KKR lost 6 wickets in 3.5 overs scoring only 7 runs before Rahul Tripathi’s stunning 6 in the second last delivery of the final over that made the decision in the KKR’s favour.
During the post-match press conference, Hussey assured fans that there is nothing to worry about the team’s middle-order collapse. The KKR players know how to play and are going to Dubai full of confidence, he said.
Confirming the availability of all-rounder Shakib in the IPL 2021 final, Hussey said Shakib is a fine player and has probably contributed to the team in the last two wins. He is available and everybody’s going to be available for selection, so it’s going be a tough call by the head coach Brandon McCullum, the KKR chief mentor.
Hussey also praised Iyer, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket, and also his partnership with Gill. Venkatesh Iyer’s brilliant half-century and Shubman Gill’s 46-run knock laid the foundation for KKR before the dramatic collapse.
It will be the IPL final on Friday and all eyes will be on KKR playing XI to see if all-rounder Andre Russell who had suffered a grade 2 hamstring injury and after having missed a few games, make it to the side.
In other India News, After a dramatic win against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday at Sharjah Cricket ground, the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan said a proper postmortem of the last four overs will be done later.