Former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir stated that if West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is just not match to bowl then Shakib Al Hasan ought to proceed within the crew.
Russell sustained a hamstring damage throughout a match in opposition to Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi the place he limped off the sector. Since then Russell is recovering from his damage and in keeping with KKR chief mentor David Hussey, the all-rounder is pushing exhausting to be match for the playoffs.
“He had a fitness test yesterday. I think he is maybe a game away so I think he will be pushing hard to get back in for the final [playoffs]. Which will be a huge boost not only for us but the competition. He is world-class and he provides lots of entertainment,” Hussey stated.
If Andre Russell doesn’t bowl, he doesn’t are available in: Gautam Gambhir
Shakib has performed for KKR within the final two matches as their fourth abroad participant and has picked two wickets up to now and is but to bat for the crew. Gambhir stated that he would choose the Bangladesh star all-rounder forward of Russell in case the latter can not bowl in opposition to RCB within the eliminator match.
“No, if he doesn’t bowl, he doesn’t come in. What wrong has Shakib done? For me, if Russell is fit and he’s willing to do deliver in both the departments, batting and bowling, I’d pick him. But if he says that he can only bat and can’t bowl, then I’d probably go with Shakib because you need the sixth bowling option against a batting lineup like RCB,” Gambhir advised ESPNcricinfo.
“You can’t just go with four or five bowlers with the part-time bowling of Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer. That’s walking on the edge and you won’t want that, especially in a playoff game,” he added.
KKR virtually certified for IPL 2021 playoffs
Russell has been good with the ball because the IPL 2021 resumed as he bowled a wonderful spell of three/9 in opposition to RCB the place he bought the higher of AB de Villiers on the primary ball with a toe-crushing yorker.
Kolkata Knight Riders have practically sealed the fourth spot for the playoffs with a medical 86-run win in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in Sharjah.
KKR boosted its internet run price +0.587 after that victory and five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians must play out of the field in opposition to SRH to edge previous Eoin Morgan & co within the high 4.