Former Indian participant Virender Sehwag prompt Kolkata Knight Riders to both play Aaron Finch or Sam Billings of their upcoming match in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday (Could 14).
KKR suffered an enormous setback after tempo bowling all-rounder Pat Cummins was dominated out of IPL 2022 owing to a hip damage. KKR senior tempo bowler Umesh Yadav sustained a calf pressure and missed the final two matches in opposition to Lucknow Tremendous Giants (LSG) and Mumbai Indians (MI).
Within the match in opposition to MI, KKR performed Cummins, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Tim Southee as their 4 allotted abroad slots within the staff.
Cummins’ damage vacates a spot for one abroad participant within the staff for the remaining two video games in opposition to SRH and LSG.
Finch, Billings, Mohammad Nabi and Chamika Karunaratne are the choices obtainable at KKR’s disposal.
Finch has scored 86 runs in 5 matches this season with the very best being 58 in opposition to Rajasthan Royals within the first leg.
However, Billings performed six video games and collected 99 runs at 19.8 together with his final look was made in opposition to Gujarat Titans.
In the meantime, Nabi and Karunaratne are but to discover a recreation in IPL 2022 for the two-time IPL winners.
Sehwag reckoned Billings to interchange Cummins within the enjoying XI in opposition to SRH to bolster KKR’s batting within the middle-order.
“If Umesh Yadav is match or even when KKR play one other Indian pacer as a substitute of Cummins, they’ll herald Aaron Finch or Sam Billings because the fourth abroad participant. I don’t suppose they’ll drop Ajinkya Rahane,” Sehwag mentioned on Cricbuzz.
“After a very long time, Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer gave KKR a great begin within the final recreation. So the opening duo is prone to keep.
“However I really feel somebody like Billings will come into the middle-order if Cummins is changed by an Indian bowler. They should strengthen their batting, which isn’t working,” he added.
KKR will play in opposition to SRH in a must-win recreation on Saturday on the Maharashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Pune. A loss for the Shreyas Iyer-led staff will finish their faintest hopes of qualifying within the playoffs.