Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a sad two-point loss to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Tuesday and subsequently the team led by Shreyas Iyer were dropped from the playoff contention of the 2022 season in Indian Premier League (IPL) course.
Chasing 211, Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine led an incredible fightback in the final two overs of the match and it looked like Rinku would help KKR chase 21 in the final over. Nevertheless, his excuse on the penultimate ball of the match changed the tide of the match and ultimately Lucknow emerged victorious.
I loved my time at the IPL: Brendon McCullum
KKR coach Brendon McCullum will currently travel to England to coach the test squad led by Ben Stokes. The former Kiwi captain said he treasures his time at the IPL and will be watching the facility carefully as they are ready to go with captain Shreyas Iyer in charge.
“I loved it to be honest. It’s been three years and all three of those years have been in bubbles in the pandemic that’s been unfolding around the world and incredibly grateful to all parties involved, first of all the hosts IPL and the fans who have really supported us and given us something to hold onto and really enjoy.
It’s just a wonderful tournament, it’s the biggest league in the world. There are many great stories through the IPL, and the opportunities it presents to people not just in India, but all over the world,” McCullum said in a virtual press conference after the game.
Will follow KKR in the future: Brendon McCullum
“As a coach, being part of the IPL and being able to give guys some freedom to go out there and play with a really positive attitude and try to make it on the world stage is something for which I am truly grateful.
I’ve had a good time in recent years, we didn’t make it this year, but I think we played good cricket.
Last year was an incredible story and I will follow this team (KKR) in the future. I know they are in good hands with the skipper of Shreyas and all the support staff. So yeah, watch out for KKR next year” he further stated.
LSG Knocks KKR Out of IPL Playoff Race
Earlier, LSG struck first and posted 210/0 from their 20 overs. Quinton de Kock (140 not eliminated) and KL Rahul (68 not eliminated) put together the most remarkable opening partnership in the history of the competition.
Chasing 211, captain Shreyas Iyer had the best score for KKR with a shot of 50. Rinku Singh and Sunil Narine played shots of 40 and 21 but that wasn’t enough to get KKR over the line. For LSG, Mohsin Khan and Marcus Stoinis returned with three wickets each.
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