Eoin Morgan’s poor run with the bat continues for the entire UAE leg of the Indian Premier League 2021, and in the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, he was once again unable to finish the game for Kolkata Knight Riders. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has also not made a big impact with the bat, and KKR have a huge option ahead of the all-important final against Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
Should they bring back a potentially injured Andre Russell, and if they do, which overseas player will be ruled out of the match?
Russell can do a lot of damage with the bat, and can bowl a few overs if he is fit enough to do so. But Shakib has done well with the ball, while Morgan is the captain of the team.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Morgan may choose to sit himself out to make way for Russell in the final.
“They have to take a call on the pitch because when they played in Sharjah, they got used to the pitch, knew the conditions and stuck with the team. Dubai could be a different proposition, it could be a different surface. If Andre Russell can bowl four overs, he can replace Shakib,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
“You know, they might think that a left-arm spinner (won’t be needed). Again, we’ll be talking about Eoin Morgan (chuckle). I personally wouldn’t leave him, but if he leaves himself Don’t be surprised because I just know the character that he is. He will do what he feels is best for the team,” he said.
“I think he (Russell) is a huge player, and adds 25 runs of value with his strategy, probably with his management of the young players we talk about. So I would definitely play him , but not to dismiss it with Eoin Morgan because he has that kind of personality,” he signed off.