Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t have an excellent begin to their Indian Premier League 2020 campaign on Wednesday. The 2-time champions misplaced their opening match of the season by 49 runs to defending champions Mumbai Indians on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The bowlers had been taken to cleaners by Rohit Sharma and Co. with record signing Pat Cummins being the costliest bowler.
The Australian pacer was signed by KKR within the 2019 IPL auctions for a mammoth price of Rs 15.5 crores. But his first match for KKR didn’t prove too properly as he ended up conceding 49 runs in 4 overs. He has are available in for lots of criticism because of the large price ticket and his subdued debut for the Kolkata-based aspect.
But KKR captain Dinesh Karthik has come out to defend him. Karthik has backed Pat Cummins, who failed to impress with the ball towards Mumbai Indians, saying that the pacer is a “world champion” and can make a comeback. Karthik additionally revealed that Cummins acquired permission to play hours earlier than the match began and stated judging the player after the primary game’s efficiency can be “unfair”.
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“It is very unfair to judge him right now, he is just off quarantine and he got permission at 3:34 to play the match. We are happy to have him and I do not think this is the game where we need to judge him at all. He is a world champion bowler. I trust him completely and I am sure he will make a good comeback,” Karthik stated within the post-match press convention.
The Australian pacer, Cummins, gave away 49 runs from simply three overs within the match as Mumbai Indians posted a goal of 196 runs for the Karthik-led aspect.
Mumbai Indians then simply defended the goal, securing a 49-run victory within the match. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma was at his devastating finest as he performed a knock of 80 runs from simply 54 balls.
Reflecting on the batting order that KKR can be following within the upcoming matches, Karthik stated: “It all depends on the game and the score that we are chasing and what we are doing at any point of time.”
(with ANI inputs)