It’s not just plain cricketing talents that Kolkata Knight Riders are hunting for, but John Buchanan and Co are interested in players with some extra special quality.
If the ambidextrous cricketers who can bowl with both hands impress their coach Buchanan, wicket-keeping coach Wade Seccombe on Tuesday said they were looking for boys who had some rare skills.
Impressed with the bunch of 45 talents, handpicked from all over the country for the trials at the Eden Gardens, Seccombe said, “They are all good cricketers, there is not an iota of doubt about that. But we want to know how good they are at T20 format.”
“We are looking for something special. We are looking how they can adapt to T20 game, how they can hit in almost unconventional ways, how they can bowl, what variations they can bring to their bowling. All good bowlers, good batters, have good cricketing skills but we are looking for something special,” he added.
The day two of Knight Riders trails saw practice matches being conducted among the 45 players who were divided into four teams.
“It’s really good to see them in a match situation. How they adapt themselves. There’s some really high quality but there are of course some areas we have to work,” the former Queensland wicketkeeper said.
“We have to improve their on-field intensity, intensity in running between the wickets. We have to tune up some of the little things of the game. We are trying to see how competitive they are on the field. These are the areas the guys have chance to impress us,” added Seccombe.
On the last day of the camp on Wednesday, the young aspiring cricketers will be given match-like pressure cooker situation to assess their temperament.
“It’s not going to be matches like today. It will more be game scenarios. We are going to put the boys under pressure and see how they perform. Like we will give them a target of 80 runs from five overs and will see how they go about it,” revealed Seccombe.
The Knight Riders, who failed to qualify for the semifinals in the inaugural Indian Premier League edition after finishing sixth in the eight-team competition, in the long run are aiming to prepare players for future.
From the 45 probables, players will be selected at three levels – main Knight Riders side, fringe players and budding youngsters – so that in the long run the supply will come from domestic circuit.
To unearth future cricketers, the Knight Riders have already formed a Talent Research Development Wing (TRDW), very much on the lines of the now scrapped Indian Cricket Board set up.