The IPL 2021 is set to bids adieu to their fans. As the final will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings on 15 October in Dubai.
Michael Vaughan while speaking with Cricbuzz, said if KKR decide to stick with Shakib Al Hasan in the final, Morgan could drop himself from the XI.
“They have to make a call on the pitch because when they played at Sharjah, they got used to the pitch. Knew the conditions and stuck with the team. Dubai might be a different proposition, it might be a different surface. If Andre Russell can bowl 4 overs. They can turn to change Shakib.”
“He will do what he feels is best for the team”- Michael Vaughan on Eoin Morgan
“You know, they may think that a left-arm spinner won’t be required. Again we will talk about Eoin Morgan. I personally wouldn’t drop him, but do not be surprised if he drops himself. Because I just know the character he is. He will do what he feels is best for the team.’
Michael Vaughan added that Eoin Morgan is a key player regardless of his dismissal batting form.
“I think he’s ( Andre Russell) a massive player, and adds 25 runs of value with his tactics, maybe more with his man-management of those younger players that we talk about. So I would certainly play him, but don’t rule it out with Eoin Morgan because he’s that kind of personality.”
Kolkata runs into the final in the second half of IPL 2021 without Russell and Pat Cummins. Eoin Morgan poor form with the bat continues. He has struggled to get going in the UAE thus far, scoring just 37 runs from 9 matches, with the best effort of 13*.
IPL 2021: “Shakib will play, IPL is bigger than International Cricket”- Michael Vaughan
There is also a lot of uncertainty over the availability of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. He was supposed to play T20 World Cup Qualifier against Scotland on October 17. The game is just two days after the IPL final. When asked about the same Michael Vaughan said that:
“He will play. It’s the IPL, it’s bigger than international Cricket.”
KKR vs CSK final will kick off at 7:30 PM ISR in Dubai on Friday.