Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has taken a dig at Rajasthan Royals ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders. It is the last league game for both the teams and their last shot at making the playoffs. A win for KKR will guarantee them the fourth spot in the playoffs.
Talking to Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan slammed the IPL franchise ahead of their match against KKR. His former England captain’s remarks were aimed at the book ‘A New Innings’ written by Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badle and English journalist Simon Hughes.
Rajasthan Royals Makes Me Laugh: Michael Vaughan
“Rajasthan always makes me laugh. They are the one team that’s talk about ‘Moneyball’ more than anyone. They have written a book! I mean I know a lot about them because they have written a book with Simon Hughes… you know, how the IPL works and running a franchise, it’s a great read but you kind of look at the book and think ‘This is a great read but you haven’t won since the first year but how are you telling everyone how to do it?” said Vaughan.
“If it’s so easy and so obvious how to run it and produce ‘Moneyball’, pick players and use data and stats, surely you should be more competitive! Surely you should win more games of cricket (chuckles). They’re brilliant at talking but not very good at playing the game” he further added.
The Royals Twitter handle has been very vocal throughout the season and ahead of their final game as well. “ Rage. Rage Against The Dying Of The Light” read their latest Twitter post.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 7, 2021
Meanwhile, for KKR, the return of Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson still remains in question. Eoin Morgan, on the other hand, said that he is happy with his team’s performance so far and is ready for the final game.
“We are focused on playing good cricket and we’ve done that in the last three weeks. The game plan has had a good impact in the dressing room and guys are putting their hands up. We have done well to adapt to the slow conditions and I’m happy with that” said Morgan.