Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has admitted his coaching style at IPL 2021 was “a bit wild”. At the same time, he was delighted that his team had made a strong comeback in the second half of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates to reach the final.
“My leadership or coaching style was maybe a bit wild… it takes a bit of time to really dig in and luckily we were able to do that in the second half of the tournament and we had a bit more intention to hit and then we were able to play a bit more of an aggressive form of cricket. Luckily, that translated into results and we got into it a bit,” McCullum told SENZ Drive on Thursday.
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At the end of the first half of IPL 2021, Kolkata had only two wins out of seven matches and placed seventh. But in the second half of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, they made a sensational turnaround, winning five of their remaining league matches to help them reach the playoffs. From there they won the eliminator followed by the second qualifier and then reached the final in Dubai, where they lost to eventual champions Chennai Super Kings by 27 points.
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“We rocked in the second half of the tournament, we were kind of dead and buried (after starting two wins and five losses). We were under great pressure with two wins in seven games and seventh in eight. Expectations of us were quite low,” remarked McCullum, who won the 2012 IPL title with Kolkata as a player.
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