Old form of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell is back because of Gautam Gambhir: KKR coach Abhishek Nayar explains


The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are gearing up for their next challenge as they face off against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. With an unbeaten streak so far in the tournament, KKR aims to extend their winning run to four consecutive victories.

Assistant coach Abhishek Nayar attributes much of KKR’s success this season to the return of Gautam Gambhir as the team’s mentor. Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Nayar emphasized Gambhir’s invaluable experience and leadership, particularly his role in guiding the team to two IPL championships. “There is no substitute for experience or a captain who has won two IPL championships with a franchise,” Nayar stated. “Having GG in the dugout makes a big difference and is a big boost for the players.”

Several current KKR players, including Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, were part of the team during Gambhir’s captaincy when they secured the franchise’s only two titles in history. Nayar highlighted the positive impact of Gambhir’s mentorship on players like Narine, who has been performing well as an opener in the current season.

“Players who have played under him, like Sunny (Sunil Narine) and (Andre) Russell, you can see the difference, with Sunny scoring runs as an opener,” Nayar explained. “So, all of it matters.”

In addition to the experienced players, young talent Angkrish Raghuvanshi has also caught the attention of the team. Raghuvanshi impressed in his debut game for KKR against the Delhi Capitals, scoring a fiery fifty. Nayar commended Raghuvanshi’s dedication to improving his skills and described him as a valuable asset to the team.