Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) should consider replacing Eoin Morgan as their captain. Morgan took over captaincy from Dinesh Karthik midway through the season in IPL 2020 and continued to lead the team for the 14th edition of the IPL.
The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a five-wicket defeat to Punjab Kings on Friday October in Dubai. The Kolkata-based franchise is currently fourth on the points list, but they will have to pull their socks off to stay alive in the race to the play-offs in IPL 2021. The 2014 champions had a brilliant start to the UAE stage from IPL and won three. of their first four games, but Eoin Morgan’s performance has remained a concern. The southpaw has managed to score just 109 runs from 12 games at an average of 10.90.
Given the England captain’s form, cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra has stated that the Kolkata-based franchise should think about a captaincy and there’s no shame in that. He also cited Gautam Gambhir’s decision to leave the captaincy in 2014 IPL after his poor performance. The former Indian cricketer further added that it is time to bring in Shakib Al Hasan instead of Morgan.
“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. Talking 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 do it, just let me down, because I’m not contributing,’” said Chopra in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel.
“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.
Speaking of Morgan’s captaincy, Chopra opined that the left leg has failed to pick the right playing XI in recent matches.
“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,” said Chopra.
“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 tends to hurt a little more when it’s an overseas captain,” Chopra added.
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