Nothing special about Cooper, says Shukla
Little-known Kevon Cooper might have come up with an all-round performance against Kings XI Punjab on Friday night, but Kolkata Knight Riders' Laxmi Ratan Shulka is hardly impressed with the 23-year-old allrounder from Trinidad, terming him an ordinary cricketer.
Asked about Cooper, who scored an unbeaten 11 off 3 balls and later scalped 4 for 26 runs to help Rajasthan Royals to a 31-run win over Punjab on Friday, Shukla said, "Yes, we have watched him play last night and he seemed to be so so, nothing special. "He mixes in a lot of slower ones but we are prepared for that."
Shukla refused to read much about the eight-wicket loss against Delhi Daredevils in their rain-curtailed tournament opener on Thursday. "It happens in the curtailed matches. The pitch was OK but batting first, we were not sure what score would be sufficient. Moreover, we lost Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis early and that pegged us. We are ready to bounce back," he said.
Asked about the pounding Kolkata pace duo of Brett Lee and Marchant De Lange got against Delhi the other day, Shukla said "Any bowler could be hit in this format and that was a curtailed match. We have to find right combination for the conditions."