‘What a story it was’ – McCullum revels in Knight Riders UAE turnaround




Head coach full of praise for Venkatesh Iyer and the rest of the young Indians in his top order despite final defeat

Kolkata Knight Riders had seemed down and out in the first half of IPL 2021, putting together just two wins in their first seven matches. The postponement of the tournament when Covid-19 breached the bio-bubble gave the team a much-needed break. Moving to the UAE for the second half also brought into play their strengths a bit more, while a juggling of personnel paid great dividends with the emergence of Venkatesh Iyer.
So remarkable was their resurgence, that MS Dhoni was moved to acknowledge his opponents’ efforts in the title clash even before he spoke of his triumphant side.

“Before I start talking about CSK, I feel it’s important that I talk about KKR,” Dhoni told Star Sports. “The position they were in, in the first half of IPL, it is very difficult from that position to come back and do what they have really done. If any team deserved to win this year’s IPL, I feel it was KKR. Big credit to the support staff and the players. It’s not really easy…whenever the team is not doing well, it’s a very difficult task. I think the break really helped them. But a tremendous performance.”

Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum later said that the break between the IPL’s two halves had worked well for his side. He lavished praise on the team, particularly the top order of Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana for being adaptable enough to change their approach into a more aggressive one.


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