Sanjay Manjrekar credited the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) recovery in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to the pair of Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi. The aggressive starts they’ve delivered at the top of the order have helped the team put up respectable totals.
Therefore, In the first leg, KKR only won two of their seven matches. However, they got off to a flying start in the second leg, winning their first two matches handily. In the third match, they were defeated by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a hard-fought fight.
Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi’s free-flowing batting has helped KKR’s reliance on the veteran players in the side.
“Kolkata, it’s been quite a story in this Indian T20 league. The resurgence of Kolkata in the second half. It’s really on the back of two players. One cost them (INR) 20 lakhs, the other (INR) 60 lakhs. I am talking about Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi. These guys have set to light the whole platform for Kolkata to the extent that they have not had to rely so much on the likes of Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, or Morgan,” Sanjay Manjrekar said
“Bowling is looking really formidable. Both spinners, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine showing class in the last couple of games. Lockie Ferguson, good death bowler. If Russell is fit, he bowls in the death as well. And they will be hoping that he is fit.” he said
Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his reservations about Prasidh Krishna’s bowling at the end of the game. His team lost the contest on Sunday because of a costly penultimate over against CSK (September 26). KKR may use their spinners more in the death, according to Manjrekar.
“Maybe Kolkata could look to use Prasidh Krishna in the first 16-17 overs. And if he doesn’t bowl his full quota of four overs, maybe they could not use him at the death and have Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine bowl at the death, because these are bowlers capable of bowling in the death. A lot of power hitters aren’t so good at the death when it comes to hitting the spin.” he said