The IPL has provided youngsters a platform to showcase their talent to the world & KKR bowling Coach Kyle Mills feels that new comers like Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi can earn glory if they can bowl out RCB Captain Kohli in the IPL 2020.
In a recent media interaction, Mills opened up about the advice he will give to the youngsters in the KKR camp & how difficult it is to live in a bio-secure bubble in the UAE. When asked about the advice he will give Nagarkoti & Mavi about bowling to Kohli mills said, “Embrace the challenge of playing against Virat Kohli that would be the message from me to young guys like Nagarkoti and Mavi in the group. Kohli is the best cricketer in the world, he is amazing to watch. He certainly leads by example off the park as well. For our young bowlers, they can make a statement. Young cricketers who are on the rise, they have a great opportunity to make a statement, if they embrace the challenge and don’t run away from it, this would be fascinating to watch over the course of the next eight weeks.”
KKR hosts some amazing bowlers in their squad such as Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Nagarkoti, Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Green, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna and Andre Russell. The KKR bowling Coach believes that the key aspect of his training sessions would be to give confidence to all the bowlers to keep faith in their own abilities.
“We are going to come up against some really good players in this tournament. You have got the likes of AB De, Warner. The message that we will give to our players is that you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t a good player. You are selected for KKR because you deserve to be here. You don’t have to change much when you come up against big players, when you try to be someone else, then you can witness failure. You just need to trust your abilities. That will be the message from me to all the players in the side,” Mills said.
When asked about his view on living in a bio-secure bubble Mills said, “These are different times, anytime you find an Indian cricketer who hasn’t played the game for six months, it clearly gives an indication that we are living in different times. We all are coming from different parts of the globe and we have been affected by this pandemic differently. It is fascinating to hear about the stories from everyone as to how they are coping with the COVID-19, but with this preparation for a tournament, there is a lot at stake, we have had more preparation than a normal IPL so it’s nice,” he said.
Mumbai Indians will face CSK in the IPL 2020 Opening match on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. KKR will face Mumbai Indians in their first match on September 23.
Let’s have a quick view on KKR’s squad: Dinesh Karthik as captain, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Chris Green, Eoin Morgan, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Praveen Tambe, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy.