Kolkata Knight Riders in good shape, says Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan captain and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling coach Wasim Akram on Sunday said the team is in good shape and would perform well in the third season of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) beginning March.

“KKR is in good shape and has a high morale,” Akram said while interacting with mediapersons at Eden Gardens after a practice session of the team.

The Pakistani cricket great said even though the team could not perform well last year, he hopes that it will be able to live up to the expectations this time.

Stating that the team has a number of talented players, Akram said, “I have worked with Manoj Tiwari and Lakshmi Ratan Shukla earlier. They are still very impressive. Everybody in the team knows his job”.

When asked whether he has taught reverse swing to KKR bowlers, Akram, known as the ‘Sultan of swing’, said, “I have given them some tips. I hope they will be able to adopt them by March 12”.

KKR would play their first IPL-3 match against Deccan Chargers on March 12.

According to Akram, Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis is a little down on confidence. “He is experienced, but his confidence has to be boosted up.”

Speaking on KKR captain Saurav Ganguly, he said, “He is a very successful captain and a great motivator. He is very committed to the game. The juniors should learn from him.”

“I am happy to be able to work with him,” he said adding Dave Whatmore is a great coach.

According to the former Pakistan captain, Ishant Sharma should not be judged only from his performance in the subcontinent.

“We should not judge him only on his performance on the wickets of the subcontinent,” he said.

The KKR team played a practice match between Saurav Ganguly XI and Murali Kartik XI. Kartik’s team won by four runs.

The camp at Eden Gardens will continue till January 15.

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