After the middle order wobble, KKR managed to beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets here on Wednesday.
Swashbuckling all-rounder Russell had suffered a grade 2 hamstring injury and after missing a few games, he could be back for Friday’s final against CSK.
“He was bowling before the game (against DC) today, so he could be in the mix,” Hussey said at the post-game press conference following the win over DC.
Chasing a modest 136 for victory against DC, the Knight Riders lost six wickets in 3.5 overs with just seven runs added, before Rahul Tripathi’s astonishing six in the penultimate installment of the final sealed the problem in their team’s favor.
Unconcerned about collapse, Hussey backed his batters to finish well in the final.
“No, I am not concerned because they are all classy players. They know how to play. It’s just the difficult nature of these images, they have been playing, they make the midst of the players stand out.” They are not getting a strike rate of 200, “Hussey said.
“They had to get down to business and maybe a 110-120 hit rate, so don’t worry, we’ll go to Dubai full of confidence and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Venkatesh Iyer’s brilliant half century and Shubman gillThe 46-run hit laid the groundwork for KKR before the dramatic collapse. But Hussey seemed optimistic heading into the final.
“… All credit to (KKR boss Eoin) Morgan, (we have) full confidence in Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Shakib (Al Hasan) for the next game. They have done it countless times for their countries and in the IPL. So we’re looking forward to the next game, “said the lead mentor.
Hussey also reported that the Shakib SUV was available for selection in the final.
“He (Shakib) is a good player, he has probably won us two games or contributed to two wins, so I would like to think that he is available, and I think that everyone will be available to be selected, so it will be a difficult decision of the coach in boss (Brandon McCullum), “Hussey said.
Hussey praised Iyer, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in matches Cricket, and also his association with Gill.
“We have found a player in Venkatesh IyerNot only is he a classy player, but he is also a wonderful person and a team man. He hit the ball superbly and right out of the box, so I think some of these big six that he hit actually changed the pace of the game and put us in a winning position, “Hussey said.
“Also, the opening partnership that we had between those two players was just the embodiment of class. They complement each other very well, if one player goes, the other sits down and hits the other person.
“And I think they run very well between the grounds. So we have definitely found a good opening partnership there and we hope it continues in one more game.”
He also praised young starter Gill, saying the right-hander will have a long career with India.
“Shubman is a class player, everyone knows he is going to be a 10 year veteran in Test match, ODI and T20 cricket for India,” he said, adding that McCullum should get credit for the team’s turnaround afterwards. that he languished in seventh at the end of the first leg in India.