The mood in Kolkata Knight Riders’ dressing room is very upbeat. Kolkata are lying in the fourth position in the league table with six wins from ten matches. A win today against a struggling Rising Pune Supergiants will take them to the second position.The players are looking relaxed and confident before the big game.
In a recent interview with a leading sports website, four of Knight Riders’ players – Colin Munro, Chris Lynn, Shakib al Hasan and Chawla took some time off from their busy schedule to spill some dressing room secrets.
Who’s the prankster in the team?
Munro: Definitely Hoggy (Brad Hogg). He’s up there. He’s always doing something or the other.
Lynn: Hoggy (Hogg) likes to think he is. He’s not that funny, let me tell you this. He just laughs at his own jokes. I think Morne is a prankster. He’s a guy that likes to fire and hides in the background. He likes to start it and wants someone to finish it. He’s the instigator.
Piyush: I think most of them. Andre, Morne, Surya, Manish and myself. To add to this, I can’t say they are devilish but you know Gautam (Gambhir) and Sunil (Narine) are the ones, who are quiet but pranksters as well.
Shakib: Hogg! He has to be the one.
What has been your most cherished moment so far with the Knight Riders?
Lynn: When we won the championship two years ago was very special. Also, after that to come back to Eden Gardens two days later and see the fans turn up, that was phenomenal. It was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had. There were like 100,000 inside the stadium and equally more outside the stadium. That was the best experience I’ve ever had.
It does take a while getting used to the fans here. I told my girlfriend, Crystal, to be prepared. She was here for a week and I told her it’s pretty full-on here. Walking around shops, the guys want selfies and autograph, so I told her to embrace it because obviously if you are against it, then you are not going to survive here.
At the end of the, they are very passionate. If we don’t have fans, we don’t have such an entertaining atmosphere. It’s pretty simple, really!
Shakib: For me, it has to be when we won the trophy in 2012. We went around in an open bus, the way fans came out. Mone hochilo, puro Kolkata’s manush amader sathe celebrate korte bariye podeche (It felt as well the whole Kolkata was out celebrating with us). It was one of the best days in my life.
Piyush: We’ve always had a good time off the field with KKR off the field but it’s tough to pick one.
Which dressing room (national team or KKR) is cleaner?
Munro: I’ll have to say the KKR one. We have quite a few players come and help us clean up while in New Zealand the players have to do it themselves.
Lynn: I agree. Probably the KKR one because we have more staff around here. In Australia, it’s like very dirty. The guys are pretty messy back home but it’s hard to say. Some guys like Robbie (Uthappa) like to be very structured with his cricket kit while I just throw my stuff around. There are different characters in the change room as we spoke about them.
Shakib: I think both are similar. We have quite a few players who like to mess theirs and others’ things as well. But I have to say, we manage to keep it neat and clean.
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