Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Kyle Mills said that he would be advising young fast bowlers of KKR to embrace the challenge of bowling to Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and not be intimidated by it.
In an interview with ANI, Mills called Virat Kohli the best cricketer in the world and said that youngsters Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti would be presented with a great opportunity to make a statement should they fare well against the Indian captain.
“Embrace the challenge of playing against Virat Kohli, that would be the message from me to young guys like Nagarkoti and Mavi in the group. Kohli is the best cricketer in the world, he is amazing to watch. He certainly leads by example off the park as well. For our young bowlers, they can make a statement,” the former Kiwi pacer said.
KKR has a very young yet varied bowling attack
Mills, who picked up 327 wickets in his international career, said that IPL 2020 will be fascinating to watch if young bowlers take the attack to established stars like Virat Kohli.
“Young cricketers who are on the rise, they have a great opportunity to make a statement, if they embrace the challenge and don’t run away from it, this would be fascinating to watch over the course of the next eight weeks,” Mills added.
Interestingly, KKR all-rounder Nitish Rana sprung a surprise in IPL 2018 by dismissing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers off successive deliveries.
It’d be intriguing to see if the side's relatively young attack can indeed embrace the challenge of bowling to big-hitters and, in turn, provide good support to experienced international performers like Pat Cummins, Andre Russell and Kuldeep Yadav.
If they succeed in doing so, KKR will definitely be one of the favorites to lift their third IPL trophy.Published 16 Sep 2020, 15:15 IST