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3 tactical changes that KKR could make in IPL 2021

May 3, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

KKR has struggled to find form in the IPL this season. In 7 matches in IPL 2021, KKR has won only 2 matches. The KKR bowlers have failed to regularly scalp wickets so far in IPL 2021. Moreover, the KKR batsmen have also been quite inconsistent so far this season. After their loss to DC in IPL 2021, KKR coach Brendon McCullum announced that there may be some changes in the starting lineup for the upcoming games. That said, here are 3 tactical changes that KKR could make in IPL 2021:

3. Sunil Narine could open with Nitish Rana

Shubman Gill has performed poorly in the IPL this season. In 7 matches in IPL 2021, Gill has amassed only 132 runs. Hence, there is a possibility that Gill might be replaced as an opener in the upcoming matches in IPL 2021. In his place, Sunil Narine could open for KKR. While Sunil Narine is primarily a bowler, he is also effective with the bat. West Indian has opened for KKR in the past. Opening for KKR, Narine has amassed 724 runs in just 37 innings. Furthermore, his strike rate of 176.59 as an opener for KKR speaks volumes about his effectiveness as an opener.

2. Andre Russell could bat higher at no 4

Andre Russell has been underutilized as a batsman by KKR in IPL 2021. Russell’s hard-hitting ability has done wonders for KKR on several occasions in the IPL. Hence, the West Indian batsman deserves a chance to play higher in the batting order. KKR’s middle order has failed to deliver consistently in IPL 2021. Therefore, introducing Russell to bat at no 4 could work wonders for KKR in the upcoming matches this season.

1. Introduce Kuldeep Yadav in the starting lineup of KKR

Introducing Kuldeep Yadav in KKR’s starting lineup could also change KKR’s fortunes this season. The left-arm spinner has scalped 40 wickets in his IPL career. Yadav could be a likely replacement for Shivam Mavi on the KKR side. In 3 matches in IPL 2021, Shivam Mavi has scalped just 2 wickets for KKR. Yadav’s introduction could help KKR pick crucial wickets in the middle overs of the match.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh