The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) locked their sixth win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), on Saturday, May 14, at MCA Stadium, Pune. The Shreyas Iyer-led side won the game by 54 runs and ascended to the sixth spot in the points table.
KKR has had an amazingly inconsistent season so far. The side won three of their first four encounters but went on to lose five consecutive games later. The team management tried out 13 different combinations for 13 games! Some of them were due to injury matters and some were due to other motives.
After their win against Mumbai Indians (MI) last week, Iyer, the skipper made a kind of debatable statement concerning the CEO’s involvement in the team selection which shaped an outbreak in the cricketing fraternity.
Iyer, in the post-match presentation, stated, “Coach and at times, CEO is also obviously involved in team selections. Each and every player takes it well, and they have put in their best efforts. The win was comprehensive, and when I spoke to the players, they were pumped up to win the game today. I’m not satisfied (totally) but want to maintain this.”
Nevertheless, Iyer, after a substantial victory against SRH, delivered a clarification on his statement. Shreyas Iyer quoted, “When I took the CEO’s name, I wanted to say that he’s there to console the players who’ve been sitting out. It’s tough for us as well while picking teams.”
Besides, according to the PTI, a news agency, KKR management told Iyer to clarify his statements as they reflected poorly on Venky Mysore, the KKR CEO.
KKR keep their hopes alive of making it to IPL 2022 playoffs
Apart from this, with the success against SRH, KKR still has some possibilities of qualification for playoffs. To reach a maximum of 14 points, KKR will have to win their only group stage game remaining; also, the two times champions will have to depend on other teams’ outcomes to go in their favor.
KKR will play their last group stage game versus Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on May 18, at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.
Written by Prachi Pisal