Players adapting quickly to UAE conditions: KKR's Abhishek Nayar ahead of IPL 2020
Kolkata/UNI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar has said players are adapting quickly to UAE conditions for the delayed 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
With the preparations for the 13th edition of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League in full swing, the KKR players have switched to an open-net session, after three days of net-practice at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium training facility in Abu Dhabi.
Nayar said, "The thought process behind the open-net session was that a lot of our guys were coming back to action after 4-5 months where they haven’t actually practised a lot of cricket. For the first couple of days, we tried to get a lot of quantity, made sure they hit a lot of balls in the nets and spent a lot of time middling the ball.”
“We thought we would do it slightly differently now that we’ve got the option of open-net sessions available. We wanted to simulate what they may face in a game. We are trying to make sure that the intensity is a lot higher, to give them a feel of an open ground. We have the breeze here, the pitch, the outfield. So, just letting them get a better feel, more similar to what they may face in the game. So, we are just trying to build up slowly and from here we are going to take the intensity up close to the tournament,” Nayar said in an interview on kkr.in."
He said, “Most of the guys are looking good. Some of them are middling it well, and the consistency will only get better. But the great part of it is everyone is in a great frame of mind. The last 4-5 months though they didn’t get to practise, they trained really hard.
So, everyone is looking really fit and they are moving really well, which kind of helps in the batting and you see the transition happen quite quickly. So, in four days, they have gone really fast in terms of how they progressed. I am pretty sure in another 3-4 days and a couple of practice-games down the line, they will all be match-ready.”
Nayar said, “We have a lot of evening games coming up. So we are keeping that in mind - the fact that the games here will start at 6 O’clock, which is 7.30PM IST. We will play in that twilight period which is quite difficult in cricket because there is shadow and you sight the ball differently. So, we are just trying to get used to both conditions - afternoon and evening. There may be a few-day games as well. "
“We know the temperature here is pretty high and it goes up to 40-44 degrees. In the evening, there is a good breeze going around. It’s an open ground and the ball moves a bit. So, we are just getting used to the conditions. Especially because everyone has been indoors for so long, spending time in different conditions at different times of the day is important. It’s a different territory. A lot of guys have never played here. So, for them it’s just to get acclimatised and feel what it’s like playing in different times of the day, what the recovery pattern is and have a better understanding,” the KKR assistant coach said.
He said, “Our Indian boys have been shaping up well but even our foreign players are doing great, be it Banton, Morgan, Narine or Russell."
Nayar said, “ It’s great. Every time when you see these guys coming into a tournament with good form and rhythm, it always gives you a great feeling. You know that they are playing top oppositions and they are doing exceedingly well. So, everyone is doing really well. Russ, the big man, is always threatening. So, I think just knowing that guys like Cummins are going to play competitive cricket and then come into IPL, just gives us an edge. We know that their bodies will be used to playing high intensity cricket, which is really important going into such a big tournament as the IPL. It’s always good news when our big guns are firing. They will come here and spread their positivity. "
"I am pretty sure that the Knight Riders family there will pick the Cup this time,” the KKR assistant coach added.