Kane Williamson Captaincy Against KKR Leaves Aakash Chopra Unimpress. Former India batter Aakash Chopra slammed Kane Williamson for giving Washington Sundar the final over of the KKR innings on Saturday.
Andre Russell was the star of the show as Kolkata Knight Riders kept their hopes of making the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 playoffs alive with a 54-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. Russell smashed an unbeaten 49 off 28 deliveries to help KKR to a respectable total of 177/6 before taking three wickets with the ball in hand. He was especially brutal in the final over of KKR’s innings, when SRH chose to bowl off-spinner Washington Sundar. Russell smashed Sundar for three sixes, scoring 20 runs off the over.
Former India batter Aakash Chopra was unimpressed with Williamson’s strategy, recalling that the SRH skipper had used a spinner – Jagadeesha Suchith – in the 20th over in the previous match between the two teams at the Brabourne Stadium, and he, too, had been punished by Russell.
“Kane Williamson, best cricketing minds on the planet, but has now messed up twice” Aakash Chopra Unimpress
“Kane as captain, I believe, is also under scrutiny. Twice now, I’ve faced the same unit. Washington Sundar replaces Jageesha Suchith, who bowled the final over at Brabourne Stadium. How, I mean? “After the game, an irritated Aakash Chopra told Star Sports.
“And this is Kane Williamson, who is arguably one of the best cricketing minds on the planet, but has now messed up twice, both times against Andre Russell,” he explained.
“That’s equivalent to sending a lamb to the slaughterhouse. What results do you get? You are slaughtered, that is all “He commented on the decision to send Washington Sundar in the 20th over.
Russell had scored another unbeaten 49 in the previous match, hitting Suchith for two sixes and a boundary in the 20th over to help KKR reach 175. However, SRH was successful in chasing down the total on that occasion.
Russell’s 3/22, on the other hand, helped limit the Williamson-led side to 123/8.