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Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore Hints Eoin Morgan And Brendon McCullum Could Face Sanctions

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore has said the IPL franchise has zero tolerance towards any kind of discrimination meaning their captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum could each face sanctions for historic tweets mocking Indian accent.

During an exchange on social media in 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders and England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and England batter Jos Buttler used ‘Sir’ to mock Indian fans. The duo was then joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who is the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum
Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore: KKR Has Zero Tolerance For Any Sort Of Discrimination

The conversation has come to the limelight again with England debutant Ollie Robinson being suspended pending investigation for his historic tweets deemed as sexist and racist.

“We don’t know enough about it to comment at this time. Let’s wait for the process to be completed to get all the facts before we jump to any conclusions. Just to reiterate, the Knight Riders organization has zero-tolerance for any sort of discrimination,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore told Cricbuzz.

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore (AFP Photo)

Although some of those tweets have been deleted, the screenshots of the comments are doing rounds of social media. Speaking on the matter, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said that the franchise would wait to learn about the conclusion.

However, he also made it crystal clear that the Shah Rukh Khan-owned side has zero-tolerance for any type of discrimination.  Despite a star-studded squad, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had a torrid first half of the IPL 2021, losing 5 out 7 matches, and languishing at the 7th place on the points table, just a couple of points above Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum have been criticized for some of the tactics in the field and with the batting order. Kolkata Knight Riders will be in concerning jeopardy if some of their overseas players opt out of the remainder of the IPL 2021, which is set to resume in September in the UAE.

Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Ben Cutting, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins may miss the UAE leg.

ECB Reiterated Stance Against Discrimination Of Any Sort

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reiterated its stance against discrimination of any sort and said it will discuss how to proceed further on such instances of past comments in an appropriate manner.

“There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required. Given the concerns which have been raised are clearly now broader than a single case, the ECB will discuss how we deal with issues over historical social media material in a timely and appropriate manner.”

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

ECB will consider each case on an individual basis. A report suggested that Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan can face the repercussions from ECB if they come out guilty of insulting the Indian fans.

“Each case will be considered on an individual basis, looking at all the facts. We will assess cases with the ECB before making further statements,” the spokesperson said.

The paceman led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat. But Ollie Robinson found himself making an unreserved apology after stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets that included comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism and derogatory remarks about women and people of Asian heritage.

Ollie Robinson will miss next week’s second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being suspended from all international cricket pending an investigation into racist and sexist Twitter messages, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Sunday.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

IPL 2020: You Might See Me Playing The Reverse Sweep – Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill, the opener of KKR will not change his approach irrespective of his opening partner and may play reverse sweep too later in IPL 2020. He is part of the leadership group as he was trusted by KKR management particularly coach Brendon McCullum at an early age of 21 despite being the second-youngest player in KKR squad.

In 2018, he was vice-captain in India’s Under-19 World Cup squad following which he was picked by KKR in an auction and won the IPL emerging player of the year in 2019.

He is included in the leadership group of KKR that has Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, England’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik. He has come a long way since being brought by KKR for Rs 1.8 crore in 2018.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Shubman Gill Might Play Reverse Sweep Later In IPL

His job as part of the KKR leadership group is to guide and be the voice of shy cricketers who fears to directly go to the captain or coach for advice and guidance.

“Being part of the leadership group means that your opinion matters to the team. That is what is happening at KKR and that is what would happen at the under-19 World Cup,” says Gill in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times from Abu Dhabi. 

Brendon McCullum, the KKR head coach said in a television interview that he was in awe of Shubman Gill’s class before CSK match.

Eoin Morgan said: “Delightful, really… Watching him playing against a very experienced Sunrisers attack was a joy.” after he and Shubman Gill stitched an unbeaten 92 run partnership where Shubman Gill scored a classy unbeaten 70.

The 62-ball 70 fetched Shubman Gill the Man-of-the-Match award against SunRisers Hyderabad.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Shubman Gill maintains a T20 strike rate of 127.79. He has scored 662 runs in 32 matches in IPL averaging 34.84.

“I think it is coming along pretty well, you might see me playing the reverse sweep sometime later in this IPL,” he says, when asked about his desire to learn that shot from Morgan.

Shubman Gill has scored 163 runs so far in IPL 2020 averaging 40.75 with 1 fifty.

Shubman Gill Will Not Change Approach Irrespective Of His Opening Partner

Shubman Gill says irrespective of whom he walks out with as an opener, and his approach does not change. He tries to be the calming presence at one end. He learnt being calm and composed from Jacques Kallis who was KKR coach from 2015-19.

“I was getting starts but was not able to convert them,” he says.

In IPL 2020, KKR have finally been able to play India, under-19 teammates Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti together after the pacers recovered from injury.

Venky Mysore
Venky Mysore. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“It was fantastic to see these three youngsters fulfilling the kind of promise that they had shown (in the under-19 World Cup). So it became a relatively easy decision… And also getting some good endorsement from people who had seen them at close quarters, one them being Rahul Dravid (coach in the 2018 World Cup),” he says.

Venky Mysore has commented that all Indians players have benefitted from the KKR academy in Mumbai, run by assistant-coach Abhishek Nayar and bowling consultant Omkar Salvi.

“It’s very satisfying ad gratifying to see them in action,” says Mysore, referring to Mavi, Nagarkoti and Gill one day before KKR play Kings XI.

Delhi Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw is now an established batsman while Riyan Parag is the youngest to score an IPL half-century besides Ravi Bishnoi, Devdutt Paddikal and Abdul Samad’s performance in IPL13 has been inspiring to say the least.

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Pat Cummins.(Credits: Twitter)

IPL 2020: England, Australia Players Available For Selection From Match One

England and Australia players, who are currently involved in a bilateral series in England, will be available for selection from the very first match of IPL 2020. Both the teams recently played a three-match T20I series and will now play a three-match ODI series. The series will end on September 16, just three days before IPL 2020 starts on September 19.

Recent reports suggested that players from both the teams were likely to miss the first week of action in IPL because of the mandatory six-day quarantine period. However, Venky Mysore, the chief executive of Kolkata Knight Riders, has confirmed that there won’t be such situation and players will remain available from the first game.

That means those travelling to Dubai will be available to their teams from day one – Dubai has no mandatory quarantine period unless the person tests positive. There are quarantine period rules in Abu Dhabi where KKR and Mumbai Indians are based. But even then, KKR will have the luxury of choosing their England and Australia players since their first match on September 23, six days after the players arrive in UAE.

Venky Mysore
Venky Mysore (Credits: Twitter)

Three KKR players are in England for the bilateral series – Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton. Mysore also said negotiations were still on with the Abu Dhabi authorities to further shorten the six-day quarantining period. Abu Dhabi has had strict rules around people entering the emirate from outside (at present 14-day quarantines are mandatory). But the IPL authorities managed to get some relaxation for the teams.

“While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled to the fact that we may have to quarantine our three players,” Mysore told ESPNcricinfo.

“They arrive on September 17, but our first game is on September 23, by which time they would’ve finished their [concessional six-day] quarantine. So it’s worked out well, and it’s good for the tournament,” he added.

Mysore then explained how the IPL and the franchises made sure that the players won’t have to quarantine in UAE after arriving from England.

“What we did was put a plan together and shared it with the medical team at the IPL,” Mysore said.

“We told them, ‘they’re in a bio-secure bubble in UK. What if we brought them on a sanitised charter flight and we took care of all the elements of immigration, testing, contactless stuff and everything to allow them to come right into a bubble here?’ To give credit to IPL, they took it very constructively and they have a written Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for that, which says if you’re coming from a bubble to another bubble, you don’t need the mandatory quarantine period,” he added.

Here is a list of the players who are currently in England:

Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith, Andrew Tye, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Billy Stanlake, Jonny Bairstow

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Joshua Phillipe, Moeen Ali

Chennai Super Kings: Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran

Mumbai Indians: Nathan Coulter-Nile

Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan

Delhi Capitals: Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey

Also Read: IPL 2020: Zaheer Khan Believes New Norms And Routine Are Not Difficult To Follow

Also Read: England vs Australia 2020: Aaron Finch Opines They Are Still Searching Best ODI XI

IPL 2020: Should Have Not Done Middle Of The Season: Gautam Gambhir On KKR's Change In Captaincy
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

There Was A Dog-Fight For Gautam Gambhir: Venky Mysore Reveals How KKR Signed The Opener

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has revealed their bid wars for former captain Gautam Gambhir in 2011. Gautam Gambhir is the most celebrated skipper in KKR’s history winning the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014. He was got in the squad after KKR didn’t retain Sourav Ganguly after 3 poor years under his captaincy.

They finished at 6th position in the first season, finishing last in the 2nd season, and then ending at the 6th position in the third season. The decision to rope in Gambhir with the captaincy for KKR proved to be very successful for them as he brought glory to Kolkata based side.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir, PTI

Venky Mysore revealed his nerves on his first IPL auction

Venky Mysore who had just joined in 2011 with Kolkata Knight Riders was nervous on his first auction because the board had laid all the responsibilities on him. He had just made major decision to not retain Sourav Ganguly in the team and also had the responsibility to sign someone who could lead KKR to triumph.

“Obviously, I didn’t know Gautam Gambhir at all, before we picked him. There were a lot of unforgettable moments in KKR’s history as far as I am concerned. The first auction that I was going to in 2011, we had made our plans. With me, one of the things I always drive is that we are not always fixated on one plan. We have plan A, plan B, Plan C because that is the capricious nature of the auctions.  

Kieron Pollard, Venky Mysore
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“I thought we were very well prepared but still we were quite nervous. It was my first auction, and I was sitting there. The owners took a call that this is your baby, your project, you run it, your plan, you go and execute.

“That has been the thing with KKR ever since I have been involved. Jay and Juhi – they come and sit at the table. But they don’t get involved with making any decisions at the table. We brief them completely, we have discussions and they have their own ideas. Ultimately, they say it is your call. You guys have thought it through more than we can,” Mysore explained.

There was a dog-fight for signing Gautam Gambhir: Venky Mysore

The KKR CEO revealed how tough it was for them to sign Indian star batsman Gautam Gambhir, which forced them to go into a bidding war in the auction. He revealed his nerves getting the better off him which he calmed down by talking to himself.

“I was sitting there, and I was hoping, and I was saying my prayers and my heart was beating. I was seeing the most familiar faces of other teams and their ownerships and they were all occupying their respective tables. Then I was saying to myself, this is like a warm-up… like a batsman takes a few knock-downs when they come to bat. So, I was thinking to let a few names come to the auctions that we are not interested in and see what happens.

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IPL auction (Credits: Twitter)

“Lo and behold, the first name in 2011 auctions Gautam Gambhir – the very first name that came in. It was unbelievable. We were quite determined. We had budgets and circuit break-up pricing in our strategies. My instinct said that it was the right thing to do. Even though it exceeded our circuit break-up because the Kochi team was equally motivated. There was a dog-fight for that. The rest is history,” Mysore signed off.

KKR have reached UAE  for the IPL 2020 and are being captained by Dinesh Karthik. The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE.

The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.

Kieron Pollard, Venky Mysore

I Came From The Outside Making That Decision: KKR CEO Venky Mysore Recalls Dropping Sourav Ganguly In 2011

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has recently revealed the situation where he had just joined KKR and had decided to drop captain Sourav Ganguly from the team. Sourav Ganguly started his IPL venture in 2008 with KKR, captaining the side. However, KKR couldn’t taste success during Ganguly’s 3 years in the team and on the onset of 2011 decided to not retain him.

The move came in as a blow for the die-hard ‘Dada’ fans who was the face value of Kolkata Knight Riders and their hometown hero leading the Kolkata based side. The move was heavily criticised by the fans after Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t retain their captain in the 2011 auction.

Sourav Ganguly
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I’ll break that down into two parts: Venky Mysore

Venky Mysore who had just joined in 2011 with Kolkata Knight Riders said it was an easy decision for him to not retain Saurav Ganguly because he had just joined the team and was unattached, had he been a part of the team for long it would have been a tougher decision.

“I’ll break that down into two parts. Personally, for me, it didn’t see like a big decision, only because I was unattached. If I had been part of the organisation for three years, or two years or one year, it would have been a tougher decision,” Mysore said in the latest episode of ‘The RK show’ uploaded on Youtube.

Venky Mysore, KKR playing all games at home a 'miracle': CEO
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“This was like someone completely coming in from the outside, which I was, literally from the outside. Eventually, I realised, that for the organisation and for the owners, it was tough. It’s a decision and an approach that I proposed as I was given the mandate,” he said.

The owners stood behind my decision: Venky Mysore

KKR CEO has revealed that the owners of the team Shah Rukh, Jay and Juhi all backed his decision to not retain skipper Sourav Ganguly after his 3-year unsuccessful stint in the team.

“I look back at it, and I basically said this, that ‘I don’t know if it’s the right thing or do or not, and we may fall flat on our face. But, it’s a different approach. Are we all on board with this?’ If I have to attribute whatever success we have had to one thing, it is the fact that the owners – Shah Rukh, Jay, Juhi – have stood behind the decisions I have proposed. said Venky Mysore

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“I am not a complete lone-ranger maverick who runs off and wants to do my own thing. But at the same time, my entire career, I was used to being given the autonomy to operate, to also be accountable at the same time. I used to report to boards.

“But it could easily have been a micro-managing kind of situation, or second-guessing the decisions I have made, or saying that ‘yeah, but we made those announcements, but let’s not do that’. But they stood completely behind me. That is why they took a lot of flak for that and heat. As an organisation, it was tougher for them. But to be perfectly honest, it was not that tougher for me to make that decision,” Mysore further added.

KKR have reached UAE  for the IPL 2020 and are being captained by Dinesh Karthik. The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE.

The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.

Kieron Pollard, Venky Mysore

Kieron Pollard Signs For Shah Rukh Khan-Owned Knight Riders For CPL 2019

In one of those surprising moves, Kieron Pollard has signed a contract for Trinbago Knight Riders to participate in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League 2019. The flamboyant batsman is the yet another local boy to join the team, in the tournament, which would see the fans go berserk for him.

Trinbago Knight Riders have signed Kieron Pollard as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), to be played from September 4 to October 12 this year.

The Trinidadian all-rounder played for the Barbados Tridents from 2013 to 2017 and for St Lucia Stars in 2018. Now, he will be playing for his home franchise for the first time in his CPL career in 2019.

We are delighted to welcome Kieron Pollard – Venky Mysore

Speaking of the signing, Venky Mysore, who is the director of the team quoted that they are delighted to sign such a star player for the tournament. They would love to see him play for their franchise, who got a heavy fan base back home. Venky also highlighted the fact that Pollard will enter into the game as a local kid.

Kieron Pollard, Venky Mysore

“We are de­light­ed to wel­come Pol­lard back home and it’s great to con­tin­ue our ef­forts to bring as many Tri­ni boys home as pos­si­ble. I can’t wait for the re­ac­tion of the fans when Pol­lard takes the field at our open­ing game on 4 Sep­tem­ber,” Venky Mysore said in a statement.

The CPL draft is slated for May 22. The Tallawahs have won the title in 2013 and 2016 while the Trinidad and Tobago-based franchise have triumphed in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Currently, Kieron Pollard is plying his trade for Mumbai Indians franchise in the Indian Premier League 2019. He will return back home after playing one last game for the team in the tournament, which will be the final of the competition.

Recently, he has been ousted from the team, which will be heading to England to play ICC World Cup 2019. However, Pollard is on the list of standbys, who could get the call in the times of emergency.

Venky Mysore, Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Image Courtesy: IPL)

IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders Doesn’t Have Any Problem with Sourav Ganguly’s Dual Role Clarifies KKR CEO Venky Mysore

Kolkata Knight CEO Venky Mysore has clarified that the KKR management has no issues with Sourav Ganguly’s dual role of Cricket Association of Bengal President and advisor of Delhi Capitals. Ganguly’s association with Delhi Capitals and also being the advisor of Delhi Capitals has drawn criticism and he was facing of conflict of interest charges.

Sourav Ganguly will be sitting in the Delhi Capitals dugout when Kolkata Knight Riders meet DC in the return leg in Eden Gardens tomorrow. The Delhi Capitals pace attack is spearheaded by the young sensation Kagiso Rabada who is currently the Purple cap holder with most wickets in the tournament. With DC having a great pace attack a few insiders in CAB feels that Sourav Ganguly is the President of CAB might have a say in the making of the pitch for the game no 26.

KKR playing all games at home a 'miracle': CEO

 “He is a thorough professional. He knows how to do his duties well. He’s fully supportive of what we are doing. We have no issues at all,” Venky Mysore was quoted as saying by PTI.

Sourav Ganguly led Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three years of IPL before being replaced by Gautam Gambhir. He played for Pune Warriors India in one edition and also led the franchise.

Meanwhile the KKR CEO Venky Mysore also spoke highly on current KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik. He feels that Karthik should definitely make it to the 2019 World Cup squad which is slated to be announced on Monday.

 “I can’t imagine a World Cup squad without him. The role he plays is such a difficult one and as a keeper as well. The attitude he brings in to the team is amazing,” Mysore said.

Dinesh Karthik has led KKR admirably after taking over the reign last year. He took them to the semifinals before eventually losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Dinesh Karthik was the top run-getter for KKR in the 2018 edition. However, he hasn’t been among the runs this season with only 91 runs from 5 outings. However, Venky Mysore feels that the focus for Karthik is only the franchise.

 “For him, I know, the focus is KKR. We are taking one game at a time, win that game and get into the playoffs and be in contention. That’s his focus. I don’t think he will be thinking about the World Cup selection at the moment. I don’t think there’s any added pressure on him at all.

“He’s been playing cricket — for India — for a long time. He’s played under most difficult pressure situations and still comes winning. I am sure he will continue to contribute on that fashion. There is only 15 people who can go to the World Cup.”

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Venky Mysore with KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik. (Image Courtesy: IPL)

Kolkata Knight Riders have won 4 out of their 6 games in the tournament so far. The man of the hour for them has undoubtedly been Andre Russell who has been in the form of his life in the tournament so far. His consistency with the bat has helped KKR snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on at least a couple of occasions.

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Kolkata Knight Riders. Credit: BCCI

IPL 2019: Kolkat Knight Riders Have Plan B and C in Place if Home Matches are Shifted from Eden Gardens

The upcoming general election has put the future schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in jeopardy as many teams have to play their home games in three-four venues. However, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore is hopeful that the franchise will able to play most of their home games at the Eden Gardens.

The upcoming edition of the IPL will commence from March 23 and run until May 12. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will play the season-opener against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. Meanwhile, the elections will take place in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. West Bengal will have votes in all seven stages, April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19. As a result, there is a possibility that some of Kolkata Knight Rider’s matches may be shifted to neutral venues.

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Hopeful of playing all home games at Eden

The IPL Governing Council have announced the itinerary for the first two weeks of the cash-rich league. As per the schedule, Knight Riders are playing two home games vs Sunrisers (March 24) and KXIP (March 27) and two away games against Delhi Capitals (Mar 30) and RCB (April 5). However, Venky Mysore is optimistic about hosting all the seven games in Kolkata. He also revealed that they had a possitive meeting with the authorities who are also keen to make sure Kolkata Knight Riders’ play all their games in Eden Gardens. He also added that with the elections date out, the authorities are working on every possible outcome before taking a decision.

We have had some good meetings with the concerned authorities today, so fingers crossed. We are waiting for some clarification. I think they (authorities) are very keen to make sure that we play in Eden. If all goes well, we will play our home games here only,” Mysore told reporters at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Now that the date of the elections have come out, the authorities are taking a hard look at how they can ensure we play as many as possible matches in Kolkata,” he added.

In conclusion, Venky Mysore also added that Kolkata Knight Riders have plan B and C in place if they can’t play all the games in Eden. However, they will work all ends to make sure that the adverse scenario doesn’t take place.

In case we cannot play at the Eden, then we have a plan B and plan C ready. We had a meeting today. Let’s see. All our fans, as well as the team, wants us to play at the Eden,” Mysore signed off.

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Abhishek Nayar (Image Credit: Sportstar)

IPL 2018: Abhishek Nayar Appointed to Mentor Youngsters in KKR Camp

Former Mumbai batsman, Abhishek Nayar, has been appointed as the mentor for the youngsters in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp.

Moreover, Knight Riders’ CEO, Venky Mysore, took to Twitter – to confirm the latest addition to their support staff.

Subsequently, Nayar also responded by stating his excitement to join the Knight Riders.

The newly-appointed skipper of a Kolkata-based outfit, Dinesh Karthik may have been responsible for the late addition to their support staff.

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Nayar represented India for a few matches. Credits: Web.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik had been vocal about the role Nayar played in his revival of International career, especially after the special knock he played in Colombo, in March.

He (Abhishek Nayar) has been the most important factor in the last two and half years in my career. He has helped me prepare for games,” Dinesh Karthik told NDTV.

Also, he made me think in terms of strategy. He also knows what is the right way to work hard. He has been the river, and I have been the boat,” said the man after scoring an 8-ball 29.

India won the final against Bangladesh and also clinched the Nidahas Trophy 2018 (Tri-series T20I tournament) due to Karthik’s splendid efforts.

IPL 2018: Abhishek Nayar Appointed to Mentor Youngsters in KKR Camp 4
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Pleased to welcome @abhisheknayar1 to the KKR support staff. The younger talent of the team will particularly benefit from Nayar’s experience & mentoring #KKRHaiTaiyaar @KKRiders,” tweeted Venky Mysore.

Here’s the post:

To which Abhishek Nayar obliged by replying,

An honour sir and looking forward to it…

Dinesh Karthik
Photo Credit: Twitter.

Nayar was involved with the Hindi broadcast of Star Networks in the IPL, before his assignment with Kolkata Knight Riders.

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IPL 2018, Most Valauble Players, Rashid Khan, Andrew Tye, Kagiso Rabada, Suresh Raina
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IPL 2018: Australian Contingent in IPL Gear-Up for the Upcoming Challenges

Since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, the tournament had flocked a large contingent of players from Australia.

The sole focus for some of the players in Big Bash League and the national side is to perform to strike lucrative deals at the auctions of IPL.

This time around, even without the like of Aussie giants, Steven Smith and David Warner, as many as fourteen players will be boarding the flight to India to participate in the tournament.

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Mitchell Johnson. Photo by Ron Gaunt – Sportzpics – IPL

KKR CEO, who received a major blow before the start of the tournament, reckons the team won’t miss the services of Starc with Johnson in the side.

Johnson’s played a lot at the IPL and won two championships (with Mumbai Indians). He’s an outstanding bowler – you saw how he bowled at the Big Bash,” commented KKR lynchpin Venky Mysore, according to

However, KKR still is looking for a replacement for Starc in their lineup. Tom Curran has been signed by the two-time winning IPL-side recently.

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Won’t miss Starc: Venky Mysore

He’s still fit, still bowling 145-plus and is an experienced campaigner. So, at least in the initial stage we won’t miss Starc, but we’re looking at replacements,” Mysore added.

While fielding during the Trans-Tasman Tri-nation series, KKR stalwart Chris Lynn injured his problematic shoulder yet again.

Moreover, the KKR think tank would be thankful, as Lynn is getting back into action yet again.

IPL 2018, Most Valauble Players, Rashid Khan, Andrew Tye, Kagiso Rabada, Suresh Raina
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The docs and the physios are happy so that’s all I can do. Fingers crossed I can keep going in the right direction … I’m doing everything I can to get back out there,” suggested the Australian international.

Also, Lynn went on to state that he intends to train along with MI’s Ben Cutting and SRH’s Billy Stanlake.

I’ve had a bat during the week just on throwdowns, so I’ll ramp it up against ‘Cuttsy’ (Ben Cutting) and Billy Stanlake. If I can get through those two blokes, I’ll know I’m going OK,” concluded Lynn.

Ben Cutting pulls off a spectacular save
Ben Cutting pulls off a spectacular save

Here’s a list of Australian players in the IPL.

Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders) – $1.86m

Glenn Maxwell (Delhi Daredevils) – $1.75m

Andrew Tye (Kings XI Punjab) – $1.4m

Aaron Finch (Kings XI Punjab) – $1.2m

Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab) – $1.2m

Patrick Cummins (Mumbai Indians) – $1.05m

Shane Watson (Chennai Super Kings) – $775,000

D’Arcy Short (Rajasthan Royals) – $775,000

Ben Cutting (Mumbai Indians) – $426,000

Mitchell Johnson (Kolkata Knight Riders) – $388,000

Dan Christian (Delhi Daredevils) – $291,000

Ben Dwarshuis (Kings XI Punjab) – $271,000

Billy Stanlake (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – $97,000

Ben Laughlin (Rajasthan Royals) – $97,000

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