Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would have been eliminated from IPL 2021, but due to Caribbean all-rounder Sunil Narine, Kolkata's team remains in the 14th season of IPL. KKR captain Eoin Morgan, ahead of the Qualifier 2 match against Delhi Capitals, said that the team's aggressive play has brought momentum in their favor in the second leg of IPL 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders did not perform well in the first leg of IPL 2021, but their performance picked up pace in the second leg in the UAE and the team made it to the playoffs, where the team has reached Qualifier 2. After winning Qualifier 2, the team will travel to the final, but before this, captain Eoin Morgan has told how Sunil Narine has saved the team from being eliminated.
The credit for KKR's performance goes largely to Caribbean all-rounder Sunil Narine, who played an all-rounder against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator match. Morgan said of Narine, "I think he is fantastic. With both bat and ball, his impact on the game is huge. He changed the pace of the match. When he came out to bat, he turned the match towards us." Diya. Narine bowled well, for which he is known."
The Kolkata team captain further said, "In the first leg of the tournament we were trying to implement Brendon McCullum's mantra of playing positively and aggressively. In the first leg it did not happen, but in the second leg we were aggressive. Played brand cricket." Kolkata team qualified for the playoffs by winning 7 out of 14 matches due to their better net run rate, where KKR defeated RCB in the Eliminator match.