IPL 2018: KKR hopeful of Andre Russell, Chris Lynn for IPL opener vs RCB

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore on Wednesday said that he is hopeful that the trio of Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc and Andre Russell will be fit for their first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL)  11 on April 8.

“I think that Starc report was not necessarily very accurate. He is absolutely fine. It’s a bit unfortunate with the injuries. All the reports we are getting, they are making very good progress. Fingers crossed,” Mysore said on the sidelines of Sourav Ganguly’s book launch titled ‘A Century Is Not Enough’.

West Indian spinner Sunil Narine faced a new storm recently when his bowling action was again reported during the ongoing PSL. “That was a strange one. But he is fine. He has played international cricket, he has played two-three series and there is absolutely no issue. He has put it behind him already.”

Coming to Russell, the West Indian all-rounder was ruled out for the remainder of the PSL after pulled his right hamstring during the course of his side — Islamabad United’s eight-wicket win that consigned Karachi Kings earlier this month.

“We are expecting them to play on April 8. They will join the camp,” said Mysore.

KKR are already doing a conditioning camp in Kolkata and are expected to go full throttle at the Eden from April 1.

KKR’s decision to appoint Dinesh Karthik as captain may have surprised many but after the wicket-keeper batsman has proved the doubters wrong with a sensational innings in the final of the Tri-nation T20 Series against Bangladesh.

Karthik walked in with India needing 34 off 12 and Bangladesh were on top. But Karthik needed only eight deliveries to dash their hopes as he sealed a four-wicket win with a last ball six. “In eight balls, he has made us look like geniuses. But we were convinced even before that, that he is absolutely the right choice for us because he brings in a lot of freshness, a lot of experience. He is a class player. With a wicket-keeper, batsman and captain you get three in one there,” said Mysore.

“His calmness struck me. I have spent a lot of time with him recently, and when he came in to bat he seemed like he was confident he was going to win it. It bodes well for us also. I was very happy when DK what he did to win the game for India.”

KKR’s decision to appoint Dinesh Karthik as captain may have surprised many but after the wicket-keeper batsman has proved the doubters wrong with a sensational innings in the final of the Tri-nation T20 Series against Bangladesh.

Commenting on KKR’s choice of Karthik’s deputy, Mysore said: “Robin (Uthappa) as his vice-captain, he has been there with us for so many years. So it’s the combination of continuity and change for us. I was very happy when DK won the game for India.”

Talking about the India U-19 World Cup winners in his arsenal, Mysore said the likes of Shubhman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi would be well looked after so that their transition is not hampered.

“I have been spending some time with them and I spoke to Rahul Dravid (head coach) even before the auctions, they have got some amazing talent and skill.”

“We are going to do everything to make it comfortable for them.. that transition you know. We have got a good combination of very experienced cricketers, at the same time some youth so hopefully they will all come together,” Mysore signed off.

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