Winner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) thrice The Kolkata Knight Riders have not had the best season thus far, but dramatic victories in their last two games have certainly raised the supporters’ spirits. The Shreyas Iyer-led side beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 52 runs and then beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 54 runs to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Andre Russell put up a terrific all-round performance against SRH, but Pat Cummins stole the show against MI and emerged as the game changer.

However, team coach David Hussey was impressed by Ajinkya Rahane’s tenacity against SRH, which the ex-Australian cricketer feels might serve as a useful lesson for others. Rahane, who scored 28 runs off 24 deliveries against Kane Williamson’s side, seemed to be in agony throughout the match but continued to play despite the discomfort.

“Now, buddy, one thing you taught us all – we’re all aching for you, you’ve pulled your hamstring or whatever it is you’ve done, I’m not sure.” Hussey remarked in a video broadcast on social media by KKR, “You utilized all your experience of 80 odd Tests, so many ODIs and T20s for your nation.” “He remained out there long enough to know all you had to do was swing and attempt to get as many runs as you could.” Because you knew there was no way out. “Great learning for everyone,” he continued. “If you’re hurt, don’t come back; just start swinging out there and try to get as many as you can.”

Rahane, who hasn’t been a regular in the KKR camp, has made seven appearances this season, accumulating 133 runs at a strike rate of little over 100.