IPL 2022: Did too many decision makers contribute to the downfall of the Kolkata Knight Riders? | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Too many cooks spoil the broth.
This age-old adage fits perfectly with the Kolkata Knight Riders, who are eyeing an early exit in the 2022 season, after taking part in a title clash last year.
While they are still afloat after beating Mumbai Indians to wooden spoons by 52 points, captain Shreyas Iyer’s post-match comments certainly opened Pandora’s box, raising questions if there is too much interference from management, especially the longtime CEO. Venki Mysore.
A testament to KKR’s problems was the fact that 20 players played in 12 games. There hasn’t been a single match where the playing XI has been kept which makes the outfit look completely disrupted.
After the game against MI, Iyer was asked how the players react to so many cuts and changes, the skipper replied: “It’s really difficult (to inform the players about the axe). The coach and sometimes the CEO is also obviously involved in team selections. Every player takes it well, and they did their best.”
In isolation, this may seem like an innocuous statement, but Iyer did indeed place the proverbial ‘cat among pigeons’ and even though he makes an official statement that his comments were ‘taken out of context’, he inadvertently left escape the worst. -kept secret in the IPL universe.
And it’s that none of the think tank members are on the same page, which has led to an unstable team and poor performance.
Iyer’s captaincy stocks had risen during his time at the Delhi Capitals but fell dramatically due to poor team selection which prompted even former India head coach Ravi Shastri to quit. ask how world No. 1 pacemaker Pat Cummins could rest for five games.
While Mysore declined to comment when asked if he was “interfering” in team selection matters, a source close to KKR management told PTI that Iyer’s comments were ” misinterpreted”.
“It’s obviously misinterpreted. I don’t think Venky has ever been involved in team selections. It’s up to the captain and the coach. Sometimes when the CEO’s opinion is asked and when we asks him, he can share certain ideas provided that ultimately it is their call”, defended the source of the team to the CEO.
Are McCullum, Iyer and Nayyar on the same wavelength?
Unlike Chennai Super Kings which is a captain dependent team, Knight Riders after the release of Gautam Gambhir is a “coach” or “dug-out” dependent team.
A player, who was part of the setup not too long ago, discovered that former skipper Eoin Morgan would be looking at the dugout where there would be a whiteboard with possible matches and which side to which side. would be drawn in chalk.
“I found it quite hilarious,” he recalled that the instinctive captaincy is in decline.
Too many coaches with differing points of view
Historically, whenever teams have done well in the IPL they haven’t used more than 14-15 players (that too if there are injuries) throughout the season, but one thing becomes crystal clear when 20 players are used. Captain and coaches are not “singing from the same hymn sheet”.
“You have a Brendon McCullum, a David Hussey and an Abhishek Nayyar. Make no mistake, Abhishek may be in charge of the KKR academy but he has a lot to say in the core team composition,” informed a knowledgeable source.
Some of the questions asked include why no stable keeper-beater was played throughout?
Sam Billings is an explosive player but due to the overseas roster where the positions of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are non-negotiable, it has become difficult to fit in Billings on a regular basis.
But then how did Baba Indrajith get three games when in his eight-year career he played 20 representative T20 games for Tamil Nadu with a strike rate of 101? Whose call was it? McCullum, Hussey, Nair, Bharath Arun or Iyer? Or Mysore?
We would never get those answers.
Unlike MI, KKR kept most of their core men who took them to the finals last year and additionally brought someone like Iyer in charge and yet things went wrong.
As for McCullum, he has a sentimental attachment to the team, as his iconic rounds on day one of the first-ever IPL set the tone.
Based on this move, he was named captain the next year in South Africa where the team brought up the rear.
As a player, he was a hell of a hitter, a real monster, having a triple hundred against India.
As a coach, he is believed to be not much of a tactician, who mainly wants his hitters to come out and attack. He hasn’t paid dividends this season.
KKR need to win the next two games and finish with 14 points, but at the same time their place in the play-offs will depend on many other factors.



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