Was KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seamer Sandeep warrier, who first tested positive for COVID-19 in May in the middle of the League, which was eventually postponed.
The Purple and Gold Brigade led by England’s White Ball Captain Eoin Morgan had a disappointing first half. They’re languishing in seventh place, but McCullum is hopeful for a strong showing when action resumes starting Sept. 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
“Regarding the tournament that is coming up (the second half of the IPL phase), we can finish it well. We can continue the game and we are in a situation where we need things to go the way we want,” McCullum said. as the KKR website says.
“We have to get down to business, challenge each other privately, support each other publicly, and try to bring out the best in each other in the next 4-5 weeks. Who knows where we can go with this.
“There were a few times during the season where I felt fear paralyzing us a bit,” he added.
The virus had wreaked havoc in India at the time, claiming thousands of lives.
The 39-year-old former New Zealand captain, who began his IPL journey as a player with KKR, is hopeful that the team can shake off the heartache that had built up in the first phase of the league.
“I couldn’t free the guys enough to understand that and that’s kind of a challenge for me. But it’s also a good challenge for the guys that they also need to go beyond their own thinking.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to take some of the heartache that had built up in the early part of the season, just go out there and try to have fun.”
“That is the ambition that I have for the franchise and for that I do not apologize and I am relentless in my belief that we have to play a more courageous style of play,” he said.
Speaking about his coaching style, McCullum said: “When we left India (after the IPL was canceled due to Covid), I think everyone understood me as a coach about how I want our team to play.”
“I don’t apologize for that as well because my job is to try and build something at KKR that is going to last a lot longer than I am going to last for the franchise,” McCullum added.
KKR will open its second campaign phase against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20 in Abu Dhabi.