KKR aiming for Deccan like turnaround in IPL 3, says Sourav Ganguly

Busy rectifying mistakes that the Kolkata Knight Riders committed this year, Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said his team, which ended bottom of the table in the second edition of the Indian Premier League, is gearing up for a complete turnaround in the third edition next year.

“Obviously we have looked at the mistakes that we committed and we are trying to rectify them. But I won’t say in public what those mistakes were,” Ganguly said.

“We want to do better then last time. Just like Deccan Chargers, who finished last in the first edition but won the trophy in IPL II. Similarly, take the case of Royal Challengers Bangalore, they were second-last in IPL I, but finished runners-up this year,” he pointed out.

The former India skipper, who is widely tipped to return as KKR captain, sidestepped queries on the much-speculated appointment of a new coach for the team.

“I am not really worried about the coaches. What I am worried about is the team. I am spending a lot of time and trying to get the team right.

“Obviously I know the names of the coaches in contention but I don’t have the authority to reveal them. It’s Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Mehta who will take the decision but I have a say in that,” Ganguly said.

Asked about speculations that Wasim Akram is the favourite to get the job, Ganguly said that Shah Rukh did have a word with the former Pakistan captain on the matter.

“Yeah, I have good relations with Wasim Akram. He was a great bowler. Though I know him very well but it was SRK who had a chat with Wasim,” he said.

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