Kolkata coach set to ring the changes

30 April 2021 19:29:48 GMTPlus10

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum says he will be making changes to his team's batting unit after Thursday's IPL defeat to Delhi Capitals.

The Knight Riders have lost five of their first seven matches this season and New Zealand legend McCullum, who smashed 158 not out for Kolkata in the first-ever IPL game in 2008, wants to see more intent from their batsmen.

We'll probably have to make some changes and try and bring in some fresh personnel.

Brendon McCullum

Kolkata needed a late blitz from Andre Russell (45 not out) to drag them to 154-6 but Delhi never looked in trouble in their run-chase once opener Prithvi Shaw hit six fours off the first over.

Shaw went on to score 82 off 41 balls and McCullum described his innings as a "template" for the misfiring KKR batsmen.

England and Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan has scored only 92 runs in seven knocks while India opener Shubman Gill is also struggling, making 132 runs at a strike-rate of 118.

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert could be given an opportunity and Kolkata may also consider promoting Sunil Narine to open the batting, a role in which he has had some success in Twenty20 franchise cricket.

Asked about his side's batting this season, McCullum said: "It's very, very disappointing. What we saw from Prithvi Shaw was the perfect template of how we want to play.

"You're not always going to be able to hit every ball for four or six, but you can have the intent to do so, particularly when you're given a free licence.

"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."

Rana is 10/11 to be Kolkata Knight Riders' top tournament batsman, while Russell is 6/1 and captain Morgan is 20/1.

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