Eoin Morgan feels Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have one of the strongest bowling formations in the IPL. The KKR captain said that with the arrival of Harbhajan Singh their spin-bowling department has grown stronger.
Eoin Morgan will be spoiled for wealth to choose from when it comes to KKR’s slow bowling options in IPL 2021. Along with last year’s hero Varun Chakravarthy, they can call on Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav. The addition of Shakib Al Hasan and Harbhajan singh to the KKR setup has further strengthened their formidable spin bowling department.
Speaking about KKR’s spin-bowling options at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Eoin Morgan observed:
“I think adding Harbhajan to our team has really made us stronger. If you look at our spin department as a whole, on paper it’s one of the best in the tournament. It’s factual. “
KKR is expected to play three games at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. With the pitch known to favor spinners, Eoin Morgan was eager to see KKR spinners thriving in Chennai. He said in this regard:
“You look at the options we have and the conditions under which we could play, especially in Chennai, which notoriously can turn and raise the eyebrows of our spinners. Which is difficult to do! This is an area where, if we play well in the tournament, I think our spinners would have played well and contributed in that regard.
While KKR’s spin bowling lineup looks good on paper, it’ll be interesting to see if spinners can deliver the goods on the pitch. Varun Chakravarthy has struggled with fitness issues lately, while Kuldeep Yadav has gone without a wicket in the recent ODI series against England.
Harbhajan Singh has not played any competitive cricket since IPL 2019, while Shakib Al Hasan has just returned to international cricket. Sunil Narine, who was once KKR’s frontline spinner, only picked up five wickets last season.
Our team is very complete: Eoin Morgan
KKR had to respond on Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan to make the bulk of the scoring last season as several seasoned names failed to shoot. Dinesh Karthik had a miserable campaign, averaging 14.08, while Andre Russell also struggled, scoring just 117 points in ten games.
But with players like Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi doing well last year, Eoin Morgan believes the squad is well stocked ahead of the 2021 IPL.
“Likewise, our batting unit, I think if we have a really good campaign, I think a lot of our players would have contributed and would have made a big impact in the tournament. Our team is very complete and extremely strong in certain departments. “
KKR would like their renowned players to shoot this season. If Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell go for it, KKR would have one of the most balanced outfits of the IPL season. The arrival of Shakib Al Hasan offers a solid alternative to Sunil Narine, who was a hit-and-miss last season.
With Shubman Gill at the top, KKR now has a solid opener to give them electric starts. Stability in the leadership role should also help Eoin Morgan and his colleagues, who begin their 2021 IPL campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11.