Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Eoin Morgan revealed why he has not betted up the order for the franchise so far. He stated that there are many match-winners in the KKR line up and thus it is difficult for him to bat up the order. Morgan bats at No.4 for England in white-ball cricket and thus many from the cricketing fraternity were shocked when he came out to bat below Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell at No.6 against the Delhi Capitals.
However, Morgan believes that when there are players like Andre Russell in your ranks and when he gets promoted up the order, it is but natural that the England skipper will have to bat lower down the order. Morgan played a valiant innings of 44 off just 18 balls and brought KKR close to a victory chasing a mammoth target of 229 against DC. But they fell 18 runs short in the end, raising a lot of questions on the decision-making of skipper Dinesh Karthik.
“No, I don’t think so. When you look at our batting line-up, we have a number of match-winners, so it’s very difficult to go up the order,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match press conference.
“Particularly when you have a world-class all-rounder in Andre Russell. He is an incredible striker, and when he comes up the order, obviously everybody else has to shift down a little bit,” he further added.
Sunil Narine can produce match-winning innings: Eoin Morgan
Sunil Narine has been extremely underwhelming this season with both bat and ball. With the likes of Tom Banton still waiting hot on his heels, the pressure is on Narine to score runs at the top of the order. However, Morgan showed faith in Narine’s ability and said that Narine can definitely come good and his positive approach to the game is perfect in the way KKR want to play their cricket.
“Sunil is the type of player who can produce match-winning innings. It’s never been a string of scores, over the years, but more about his impact in a game. He always takes the positive option, which summarises how we want to play our cricket,” Eoin Morgan said.