Kolkata Knight Riders Seek Coaching Tips From Fans
MUMBAI: Having finished in the bottom rung of the table for both the editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has now turned to its fans to give them tips to better their showing in IPL 2010.
Bollywood superstar and KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, over the weekend, invited the team’s fans and detractors alike to send in their suggestions for improving the team’s performance.
Shah Rukh says, “When we used to lose, I used to get inundated with messages, mostly suggestions. I feel sad when we lose, but you have to take all those losses with little bit of ease and a little sense of humour and all those messages and emails, I used to keep them”.
The ‘Main Bhi Coach’ programme was launched in association with Nokia India.
People can SMS their coaching tips to 9664555555. All the messages would be discussed with the team and the coach to see if they would in any way help improve the team.
Shah Rukh Khan said that he was feeling quite positive about his team’s prospects this season. “It happens in sports… one team wins and the other loses. I won’t say that we didn’t work hard. Maybe our decision of multiple captains was not right, we can find excuses but the bottom line is that we worked hard, we played very hard but not hard enough. We need to play harder, we need to play tougher and we need to win this.”
He also felt that there was going to be an extra buzz with the league being played in India. “There’s always a buzz in playing here and it’s a wonderful feeling. The feeling one gets playing in front of 100,000 people at the Eden Gardens is incomparable,” the actor-entrepreneur stated.
On the issue of replacing John Buchanan as coach with Dav Whatmore, he said that Buchanan’s problem was communication with the players. “Buchanan was a good coach but we all partners took the decision to replace him in the team’s interest. Communication with the players was his problem due to the language or age factor,” he said.