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IPL 2021: Rahul Tripathi has led KKR’s resurrection in UAE, was important he came good, says Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock said that Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rahul Tripathi had to bear some extra responsibility due to Eoin Morgan’s downturn in form and he has delivered for the two-time IPL champions.

Tripathi scored an unbeaten 74 to lead KKR to victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians. (Courtesy of BCCI)


  • Tripathi is KKR’s highest scorer this season with 356 runs
  • He has led KKR’s resurgence in the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL
  • He scored an unbeaten 74 to lead them to victory over Mumbai Indians
Batsman Rahul Tripathi has shouldered responsibility for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) effectively to the point that he has often balanced out captain Eoin Morgan’s poor form with the bat, said former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock.

Tripathi is KKR’s highest scorer this season with 356 runs at a strike rate of 142.40. He has been one of the chief factors that have helped KKR enjoy a resurgence since the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) resumed in the United Arab Emirates and made them one of the prime contenders to qualify for the playoffs.

“He (Rahul Tripathi) has been brilliant for them. He has probably been the one that’s helped them resurrect when they started the UAE leg,” Pollock said on Cricbuzz.

Morgan has yet to register a score in double digits for KKR in the UAE this season. “With Morgan being a little bit untoward and not close to his normal caliber, it’s been important that he (Tripathi) has come good. The responsibility he has had to shoulder in many ways, and he has been delivering,” said Pollock.

Tripathi, 30, has had stellar seasons in the past in the IPL but has also been plagued by inconsistency. From scoring 391 runs in 2017, Tripathi has scored 226, 141 and 230 runs in three seasons before 2021, with just one fifty in each season.

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