Will look to lean on Shubman Gill for some management: KKR coach

Kolkata, August 19

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum desires to delegate some “leadership responsibility” to younger Shubman Gill throughout the upcoming IPL within the UAE.

During final season, Shubman batted means down the order which bought the franchise a variety of flak.

 Kolkata Knight Riders’ star all-rounder Andre Russell had brazenly blamed a few of “bad decisions” for his or her string of losses final season because the two-time champions missed out on a play-off berth regardless of 4 wins from the primary 5 matches, together with a tie that Delhi Capitals gained within the Super-Over.

“What a talent, and what a good guy as well. He is going to be a part of our leadership group this year as well, at least in some capacity,” stated the previous Kiwi skipper of Gill.

“Even though he is young, I am a big believer that it’s not necessarily true that having played for a long time makes you a good leader,” he stated.

Apart from the star Windies all-rounder, the 20-year-old Gill performed some accountable knocks however his batting decrease down the order damage the group’s trigger.

“It’s about you exhibiting the behaviours of a leader. It’s always good to have a cross-section of leadership within your group. To us, Shubman is one of those guys we would look to lean on for some leadership throughout this season,” stated McCullum.

Dinesh Karthik took over the captaincy from their most profitable skipper Gautam Gambhir in 2018 after they made the play-off for the final time.

Backing Karthik as top-of-the-line wicketkeepers of India, McCullum stated: “You’ve got to break DK down a little bit into different parts to understand this. I think first and foremost, wicket-keeping. He’s up there with the very best wicketkeepers in India.” 

On Karthik’s batting, the New Zealand nice stated: “He’s pretty much as good and as adaptable in any position. He would not include maybe, the stardom that some guys do and that is simply DK’s persona.”

“But he’s a big star within the KKR franchise, he’s now been at the helm for a couple of years and he’s had some success.”

McCullum believes that Karthik has now matured as a pacesetter.

“The team hasn’t quite got over the line, but I think DK is in that stage in his leadership where he’s almost ready to really mature and to really take ownership of the Knight Riders set up and back his judgement.” 

With the addition of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan to their management group, McCullum felt that Karthik would get some help to deliver out his greatest.

“I feel there will be a pleasant layer of management round DK the place he is in a position to actually prosper and contact the entire members of the Kolkata line as much as attempt to get the perfect out of themselves,” stated McCullum.

“I love DK as a person. He’s quite intense at times, which I love. We just need to provide him with some support. His passion for the game and his love of people is just infectious.”

KKR is more likely to be based mostly in Abu Dhabi in the identical lodge the place they put up in 2014 after they final gained the championship beneath Gambhir.

The Indian gamers in the meantime have assembled in Mumbai for a brief camp earlier than heading off to the UAE probably on August 20. PTI

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