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Brendon McCullum shares the reason why Andre Russell wasn’t included in the playing XI of KKR in the Finals of IPL-2021


Andre Russell had gotten a hamstring injury and had missed successive games in the UAE leg of IPL. Nonetheless, it was conjectured that he would come to the playing XI for the finals against CSK. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lead trainer Brendon McCullum has along these lines opened up on why the everything rounder didn’t highlight in the marquee conflict. 

Andre Russell had gotten the injury while handling in an association game against CSK. McCullum expressed that the all-rounder made a decent attempt to recuperate from his hamstring injury and be accessible for the match however there was as yet a danger to play him. The mentor additionally added that eventually, the administration chose to go with the very winning mix that got KKR to the finals.

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“Yeah, look, Andre obviously had a hamstring tear early on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. He was still at risk there. And I felt (if) it was a risk in a final, we just couldn’t afford to take. In the end, we decided to go for the guys who had done so well to get us into the final, and I am proud of all their achievements. It’s a shame we fell short, but we were outplayed by a very good CSK side today,”stated by McCullum while interacting in the post match presentation.

KKR saw an incredible turnaround in the UAE leg of the IPL. The group didn’t have a decent spat the first leg of the competition yet ricocheted back more grounded to ooze extraordinary person in the subsequent half. The head coach of the side along these lines loaded gestures of recognition on Morgan’s captaincy and furthermore addressed his performance with the boys.

“Yeah, look, it’s a really unique situation, wasn’t it? He was really captaining out of his skin. He captained as well as I have ever seen him captain and anyone really captaining in a T20 competition. I thought he was driving the team forward with his captaincy, but unfortunately, the runs weren’t there for him. No matter how hard he tried, we tried to put him in that position where he’s been so successful – in those last five overs – in T20 cricket right throughout his career. But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be,” concluded by him.



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