Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes Kolkata Knight Riders should replace Eoin Morgan as captain of the team as the England batsman has so far been unable to put the bat on for the team. Since the resumption of the 2021 Indian Premier League season in the UAE, Morgan has scored just 17 runs in four innings and is struggling to get going.
In 12 games so far, the southpaw has scored just 109 points in the season with an average of 10.90. Chopra said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel that in the past KKR had replaced Gautam Gambhir as captain mid-season when he struggled with the bat, and they can do the same with Morgan.
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“Kolkata, I beg you with folded hands: I’ll give you two or three options. Change the captain first, you’ve done it before and it’s no shame. I spoke to Gautam recently. Speaking about the 2014 season, he said he couldn’t score points in the first three games, so he went to the coach and said, ‘I can’t, just let me down, because I’m not contributing,’ said Chopra. .
“Morgan would have thought the same, because it’s been 11 innings and he’s averaged 10. We don’t see great captaincy decisions in your team selections and neither do you. So maybe it’s time to bring Shakib Al Hasan in place of Morgan,” he added.
“You can’t play Seifert if you don’t get him to bat in the highest order. So replace him with Ben Cutting. Do something because you don’t have Lockie, so you must have at least five bowlers. Five bowlers plus Venkatesh Iyer is good, but four bowlers plus Venkatesh Iyer? It just doesn’t make sense my friend. I honestly don’t understand how you can expect so much from him. He’s doing well, but he’s not Superman,” Chopra said.
“When you write those names on the sheet, please see how many bowlers there are, because there’s no point in playing that much batting. You said you don’t have the balance without Russell, but you also said there is a specific role for Ben Cutting. There will be no better role than this one. At least play it if you don’t like Shakib. In fact, also play Shakib and say to Eoin Morgan, “It doesn’t work.” It happens to everyone… but it hurts more when it’s an overseas captain,” he signed.