Wasim Akram and Kolkata Knight Riders
April 22, 2011
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the most spectacular and sensational sporting excogitation of the time and has affected millions of cricket fans in India and across the world. The Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the ten IPL franchises owned by the Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan in partnership with Juhichawla Mehta and Jay Mehta. When the Kolkata Knight Riders was bought by Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chilies Entertainment, the Indian nation developed a sense of kinship with this team.
When the management of KKR was searching for a bowling coach, the former Pakistani skipper and seam bowler Wasim Akram was approached and finally chosen as a consultant and bowling coach of KKR. Wasim Akram who is known as one of the pioneers of reverse swings is now serving as a mentor for KKR. The presence of Wasim Akram as a bowling coach has contributed a lot for the team. The team has learned a lot from the experiences of Wasim Akram.
In the beginning 2008 IPL season, KKR had demonstrated a good beginning by winning their initial matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. The opening batsman for KKR Brendon Mc Cullum had also achieved the record of scoring highest runs in a twenty-twenty match. However the later matches of the season were marked by their failure in the consecutive four matches and ultimately lead towards their failure in the season.
In the 2009 IPL season, KKR had remained the least active team with no player trades and failed to perform well during the season however in the 2010 IPL season; K.K.R had demonstrated a fantastic start by defeating Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The victory against these two opponents was followed by three sequential defeats against Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. Even so, Chennai Super Kings managed to win the winner title of the IPL 2010 season. Despite of these circumstances, it was assured that the team is under the right guidance since Wasim Akram is a legendary bowler and knows various bowling tricks.
The IPL season of 2011 was started with an inaugural match of CSK versus KKR. Gautam Gambhir was appointed as the captain of KKR in IPL 4 with a revitalized team. The IPL season 4 was started in Chennai M.A.C stadium with an excellent stage performance by Shahrukh Khan. The match entertained fans with a well balanced performance by C.S.K and KKR and lead towards an exciting victory of C.S.K over KKR by 2 runs. When playing against Deccan Chargers on 11th April 2011, KKR managed to defeat the opponent by 9 runs. For KKR, this was definitely an upholding performance and was followed by another victory against Rajasthan by 9 runs on 15th April 2011and again on 17th April by 8 wickets.
The IPL season 4 has collected enough attention of media and cricket fans across the world. A lot of expectations are struck with the improved and impactful performance of KKR during the season. The sensational performance of KKR during the IPL season 4 can be credited to Wasim Akram. The team has learned a lot from his experiences. The assistant coach of KKR, Ajay Dahiya has also second the fact that the coaching of Wasim Akram is a plus point for KKR.
The ‘Sultan of Swing’ is working very hard for the team and has claimed that the team is ready to take critical challenges. The team is confident to meet those challenges since Wasim Akram is with them.
Written by: Aliya Jabeen
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