IPL Final, CSK vs KKR: How Twitter Reacted To KKR Leaving Andre Russell Out Of Playing XI In IPL Final
CSK vs KKR: Both teams decided to retain playing XIs from their previous matches, which meant that KKR left out Andre Russell while there was no place for Suresh Raina in the CSK team.
- KKR left Andre Russell out of their playing XI from the IPL final
- Twitter said KKR have made a gamble by leaving out Andre Russell
- Both teams went into the final unchanged from their previous fixtures
Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings clash in the IPL 2021 final at the Dubai International Stadium. KKR captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl against CSK on Friday. Both teams decided to retain their playing XIs from the previous match, which meant that KKR left out big-hitting West Indian Andre Russell, while there was no place for veteran batsman Suresh Raina in the CSK team. Despite Russell missing the knockout stage for KKR, he has been an integral part of the Kolkata outfit and his omission raised a few eyebrows on social media.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to KKR's massive gamble of leaving Russell out:
#KKR retain same playing XI. Couldn't seen them dropping Sakib for Russell irrespective of latter's fitness or pitch. Trio of spinners holds most psychological threat yo opposing batters.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 15, 2021
And how are we chasing without Russell????? I mean what how????— TeMishLover (@RagLakTeMish16) October 15, 2021
Toss is ok... but shouldn't have excluded @Russell12A ... we know that it was a winning combination but @Sah75official was good in previous matches coz it was a slow #Sharjah pitch... but today its #Dubai so Russell would've been Important for today's match#KKRvsCSK #IPLFinal https://t.co/Ws7bMUrA4Y— Gaurav Rathore (@iamgaurav1109) October 15, 2021
No russell lmao— Naman (@_namanrathod) October 15, 2021
Should be easy for csk now
This is not sharjah
Defending looks very tough but atleast there's no Russell Batting— Aniket #CSKWIN (@MiddleStump_) October 15, 2021
Playing Shakib over Russell (if he's fit) might also prove to be a blessing in disguise for CSK. Not sure how supportive the pitch would be for them to bowl 12 overs of spin. Let's see.— Jaanvi (@ThatCric8Girl) October 15, 2021
Russell ke Bina chase— Hunter Singh (@HUNTER__SINGH) October 15, 2021
Won toss— Kayes (SRKian) (@KayesArman) October 15, 2021
But no Russell#CSKvsKKR
Russell injured himself while fielding on the boundary against Chennai Super Kings on September 26 in Abu Dhabi and hasn't played since.
Russell was replaced by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the KKR playing XI. The Bangladeshi made a winning contribution when he scored an invaluable 9 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator but apart from that hasn't done anything notable.
Meanwhile, at the toss, KKR skipper Morgan spoke about the dew.
"We are gonna have a bowl, the wicket looks good and there's some dew around. We are gonna give it everything tonight. We are going with the same team," said Morgan.
CSK captain MS Dhoni said he would have bowled first as well.
"We are looking to bowl first as well, initially it stops a bit and as the game goes on it settles down and toss is uncontrollable and we are prepared for both," said the former India skipper.