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The CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders, Venky Mysore, in a recent interview, revealed that the franchise dearly wanted to retain Manish Pandey in their squad.
Mysore revealed that he was startled with the price tag of Pandey during the auctions. According to Mysore, had they used the RTM card for Manish, it would have ‘messed up the calculations.’
KKR, instead, acquired the likes of Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik at approximately same amount during the auctions.
“The one surprise was the price at which Manish Pandey went. We would have liked to get him back but we needed to be unemotional, otherwise, it would have messed up the rest of the calculations,” stated Venky Mysore according to HT.
With DK and Robin Uthappa, the KKR side achieved both continuities to bat and fresh perspective. Uthappa has been an integral part of the KKR lineup since 2014.
“One of our objectives was to achieve change which Karthik represents as he’s new to KKR and brings a fresh perspective. At the same time, we wanted continuity as well, which Robin represents as he has been with KKR since 2014. So, we feel we have the best of both worlds,” added the CEO of KKR.
Further, Mysore disclosed about their team strategies when it comes to appointing the captain. According to KKR lynchpin, the policy was to choose the team and then figure out captaincy.
“We were lucky to have picked Gautam Gambhir and subsequently appoint him as our captain… We were perhaps one bid away from not getting him,” Mysore said.
In conclusion, Mysore disclosed about the essence of someone like a Sunil Narine in the side. During the retentions, KKR decided to retain his services along with Andre Russell.
“No one has gone through as much as Sunil has in having to remodel his action and still come back and be effective. When he doesn’t take wickets, he creates pressure and helps bowlers from the other end to get wickets. He is clearly a force to reckon with,” concluded Venky Mysore.