The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got off to a good start in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign after defeating the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets on Saturday at Wankhede Stadium. Head coach Brendon McCullum was overjoyed after defeating defending champions and praised the new KKR captain – Shreyas Iyer. McCullum has withheld much praise from the Shreyas, claiming that the right-handed batsman has all the qualifications to dominate world cricket.
McCullum praised Shreyas Iyer
“It was great. Shreyas Iyer’s first game as KKR captain and I thought he did a great job. He has played well in the camp so far and has started to build that relationship with the players. He has a great job. Being there as a person. and the team against the current champions CSK. I am very happy to get points, “McCullum told Star Sports after KKR’s six-wicket victory over CSK.
McCullum also spoke about how much he enjoyed working with Shreyas Iyer and how rare it was to get the chance to work with such a young man as a coach.
“He ‘s really guilty of it. He’ s one of the last guys to respond to. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to work with him. “I think between the two of us, we would love to see the game played the same way,” McCullum said.
In the match against CSK, KKR won the toss and chose to throw first. Umesh Yadav came back with two wickets as KKR rated CSK 131/5. MS Dhoni played 50 unbeaten runs but in the end, there was not enough. KKR chased the target easily with six wickets in hand and nine balls. Ajinkya Rahane is the top scorer for KKR after playing 44 runs.
Shreyas Iyer | KKR captain: There is always tension when MS Dhoni is batting. I knew momentum was going to shift towards them with the dew around. It was difficult to grip the ball. Enjoying the new franchise. CEO, management, support staff have been outstanding. Just need to carry the momentum. It was spungier than we imagined. This is one place I love to play. I grew up here. I thought it would be flat. It was pretty easy for me with the bowling lineup I had. Umesh has worked hard in the nets and did well in the practice games too. Really chuffed to see him perform today.
Umesh Yadav | PotM | 4-0-20-2: Getting this after 2 years and I am very happy with the performance. I haven’t played white-ball cricket for a while and thanks to head coach and captain for keeping trust in me and telling me that I am going to be in the starting eleven. I am actually working my rhythm because after having played a lot of Tests, the rhythm is such that when you have to start you gotta land in the right areas to extract the swing.