Would have left KKR captaincy had analyst been sending codes to me: Gautam Gambhir not impressed with his former team
KKR analyst was seen assisting skipper Eoin Morgan with code messages midway.
Updated - Sep 26, 2021 8:32 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have enjoyed a sensational run under Gautam Gambhir’s leadership. The former Indian opener led the franchise between 2011 and 2017 and guided them to the title twice. However, the side hasn’t enjoyed a gala time after parting ways to the southpaw. Although they qualified for the playoffs in 2018, they endured a hard time in the next two seasons.
The Knight Riders haven’t been sensational in the ongoing IPL 2021 either, losing six of their first 10 games. Besides their hot and cold show, KKR have also gained the limelight due to their intriguing tactic. Skipper Eoin Morgan has been spotted receiving from team analyst Nathan Leamon. This strategy hasn’t gone down well with Gambhir as he slammed his former team.
Gautam Gambhir not impressed with KKR’s tactics
The veteran even stated he would have left KKR captaincy had this ploy been used during his tenure. Gambhir’s statement came in response to a query from former Indian batter Aakash Chopra on Star Sports. On being asked what he would have done after being given such an analyst, the two-time World Cup-winning player said he would be quit captaincy.
For the unversed, KKR roped in England cricket team’s analyst Nathan Leamon in their ranks alongside the likes of AR Srikkanth to strengthen their support staff. Although the Morgan-Leamon combination saw England taking giant strides in international cricket, the duo couldn’t do the same for the IPL franchise.
Their last assignment saw them going down against Chennai Super Kings by two wickets. It was indeed a thrilling encounter as both teams were neck to neck for the major part. Batting first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Knight Riders posted 171/6 in their allotted 20 overs. While Rahul Tripathi played some delightful shots upfront, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell made their willow talk in the end overs.
Chasing the total, CSK got off to a stellar start with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis adding 74 runs for the first wicket. Although the fall of quick wickets, spiced up the contest, the three-time champions eventually crossed the line in the very last ball of the contest.