Newly appointed bowling coach Bharat Arun of Kolkata Knight Riders said the franchise would seek players who can adapt to all conditions at the upcoming IPL mega sale. As things stand, the venue for the tournament to be held in the last week of March has yet to be decided and with 10 days left before the auction, the KKR think tank is busy preparing their strategy. “You have to choose players who can adapt to different conditions. Even before the pandemic, when you were picking bowlers for home conditions, you still needed them to play seven away games in the IPL,” former Indian bowling coach Arun told kkr.in .
Arun said it would be helpful if he had seen most of the international players.
“After seeing most of the top players around the world up close, you’ll have a good idea of what they can do. And it helps you better prepare and take your calls, as well as plan more effectively during the games,” he said. .
The two-time former champions, who came second in the last edition, have retained West Indian all-rounders Andre Russell (Rs 12 crore) and Sunil Narine (Rs 6 crore), along with Indian duo Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 8 crore) and Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 8 crore).
KKR is now left with a purse of Rs 48 crores for the mega auction, which will see 590 players go under the hammer during the two-day auction in Bengaluru on February 12-13.
He went on to say that they may see a shift in the IPL auction with so many premium fast bowlers up for grabs.
“I honestly think so, because while a lot of people think cricket tends towards the batsman, I would look at it differently.
“I would say therein lies an opportunity for me as a bowler to excel. Yes, there are limitations for bowlers. But then again, they know that if they perform and if they can build a little more deception around their bowling, they’ll have a chance to be a hero,” he added.
Arun, who was credited with transforming the Indian fast bowling unit feared around the world, said they would need bowlers who can excel in all circumstances.
“It was a privilege to be part of the Indian team for this. In a way, I was blessed to have a group of bowlers with such a multi-talent.
“It was a conscious effort, I think, with Virat (Kohli) and Ravi (Shastri) to be the number 1 team in the world. And to achieve that, it was important that we win in all circumstances. our biggest challenge and the way they responded… The rest is history.” “From the Indian side, our goal has always been to be No. 1 in all circumstances. In order to achieve that goal, I think the biggest challenge was to have bowlers who could excel and get to 20 wickets in all circumstances. We did just that, and that’s why we were successful.”
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