IPL 2020: This will affect our confidence - McCullum on Kolkata's hapless show against RCB

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

Author| Oct 22, 9:52 AM

Source: Twitter
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Kolkata Knight Riders faced a humiliating loss in the hands of Virat Kohli and his men on Wednesday night at Abu Dhabi in the Indian Premier League 2020. Pacer Mohammed Siraj proved to be too good for the KKR batters as he returned with figures of 3/8 in his four overs. Eoin Morgan’s men could only manage to score 84/8 - the lowest total in IPL without getting bowled out. 

The Bangalore-based side had no problems chasing such a total down and got home with more than six overs to spare. KKR coach Brendon McCullum said his batters showed a timid approach and that there was no intent whatsoever.  

The defeat will bite Kolkata bad as their net run rate of - 0.828 looks inferior to most of the teams in the race for a playoff berth. McCullum said there was no ghost on the pitch and added that it’s frustrating because the side discussed the importance of being positive and asking questions to the opposition bowlers.

"In all honesty, I didn't think there was a lot in the wicket. Siraj obviously bowled well and [Chris] Morris at times also. But if anything, we were just a little timid in our approach," McCullum said at the press conference. "That's a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent. So that's something we'll have to address in the next few days."

The Knight Riders still find themselves at the fourth spot with 10 points and four games in hand. McCullum still believes that there is enough fire-power and potential in the current side to go the distance. However, the going will be tough. 

"This is going to affect a little bit in terms of our confidence and [we need to] work hard on ensuring our morale doesn't drop. At the same time, having those honest conversations around how we improve. But I still firmly believe we have a side which can be there come finals time. We just need to improve slightly." he concluded. 

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  • Brendon McCullum
  • Shubman Gill
  • KKR
  • RCB
  • IPL 2020

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