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IPL 2022: Brendon McCullum names Indian batsman who could become “Superstar of the game” | Cricket News


Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is at hand as the tournament opening will be played on Saturday night between the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium. Before the opening match, there was some cap and change as CSK appointed a new captain in the form of Ravindra Jadeja after MS Dhoni retired. As the opening game approached, Brendon McCullum, head coach of KKR, also spoke about how he feels about working with captain Shreyas Iyer.

“Really excited. I admired Shreyas from afar. I met him when he played for Delhi Capitals and I played for Gujarat Lions. We exchanged numbers and I gave him my number, but he never called me. I asked him why you did not call me, he said I was too intimidated. I said what? Now he’s here as captain of the franchise, he’s a star in Indian cricket. world respected for what he has achieved. He has the potential to be a superstar of the game, “McCullum said in response to an techlives query during a virtual press conference.

“He has a nice presence and a warm presence about him and he’s definitely willing to learn. We have something in common and that’s how we want to play the game. He’s really excited to work with Shreyas, he could be the franchise player for KKR for a decade, ”he added.

During IPL 2021, KKR managed to reach the final, but the team could not win the title after suffering a loss against CSK in the summit. In the mega auction, KKR bought Shreyas for Rs 12.25 crore, and then he was appointed as the skipper.

“Everyone saw the style of cricket we played last season, that’s how we like to see the game played. That’s how Shreyas likes to lead and that’s how I like to coach. It’s about giving the guys freedom to “Our message is a simple one, work with your teammates, enjoy your time, and with the bat, if you feel you are in a situation where you can dominate, do it,” said McCullum. .

During the press conference, McCullum also confirmed that Southee will miss the first game for KKR.

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“Tim Southee is not available for the first match. There is some delay in his arrival in India, so we will look at the Indian talent.”

KKR team: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhit. , Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.

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