Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Who will captain the Knights?

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

After a dismal performance at the IPL Season 2, Kolkata Knight Riders are gearing up for the third season of the tournament. But the biggest question that is haunting all the fans is who will lead the team in the third season. There were speculations that Sourav Ganguly would be named the captain at the meeting held at Shahrukh Khan's residence on August 04. The meeting however turned out to be inconclusive on the issue of captaincy.

The team management is now emphasising on Sourav's role as a mentor in the team. Sourav had led the team in the first season but was sacked from the role after John Buchanan came up with the infamous multiple captaincy theory. He was replaced by New Zealander Brendon McCullum who struggled both with his personal form and captaincy leading the team to a poor show finishing at the bottom of the points table.

With Brendon McCullum being unavailable for the third edition due to his national duty many thought it was an easy call to make India's most successful captain lead the Knights. But it seems Shahrukh does not want to reveal all his cards yet. It was a well known fact that the air between Sourav and Shahrukh had heated after Sourav was sacked from the top position despite Shahrukh having publicly promised the job to him.

John Buchanan's sacking might have given Sourav extra hope lead his city side again but it seems he will have to wait a little longer to know his fate. The management is not sure about the availability of West Indian captain Chris Gayle while Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting has ruled himself out of the tournament. This leaves Sourav as the most likely contender for the job but there still seems to mystery surrounding who will lead the side.

There are also reports that former Indian coach John Wright's name is being considered for the coach's job. It may be recalled that the duo of Sourav and Wright had turned Indian cricket head on. The Indian team had overnight turned into world beaters under them. It remains to be seen if Sourav is appointed the skipper and John hired as coach. It that happens it will be interesting to see if the duo can create the magic again with KKR.


Paul August 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

Joy Bhattacharjee is saying that dada will be the "MENTOR".. we wana c Dada playin, dont mentoring...Dada Dada Dada Dada... the wave continues

subhadeepbhattacharjee August 6, 2009 at 1:48 PM  

That's true he is the only Icon Player KKR has

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