With long-standing skipper Gautam Gambhir departing to take up the captaincy reigns at his home franchise Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves in a bit of a mix as regard to naming their new captain ahead of the upcoming eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In a special video series being run by KKR’s Youtube channel (Kolkata Knight Riders – Official), Venky Mysore, the franchise’s CEO, shared his insights on the leadership conundrum surrounding the team and on who he thinks will make the best possible captaincy candidate for KKR.
Starting off with discussing the attributes that the KKR team management is likely to look at while analysing the possible captains, Mysore said that it is important that the man entrusted with the job must possess a lot of credibility and walk in without any agendas. Stressing on the word ‘leadership’, he added that it is important for any captain to not just carry out the task on the field but also be a good leader and man-manager inside the dressing room.
Following the talk on all the qualities that KKR’s next captain must possess, the discussion moved to the topic of whether only batsmen can make successful leaders in the IPL or if the bowlers can do a similar job as well. On this, Mysore stated that he is completely open to the idea of installing a bowler as their next captain and even went on to include the names of veterans Piyush Chawla and Vinay Kumar among the candidates who are in the fray for the top job.
Discussing the leadership credentials of Piyush Chawla and Vinay Kumar, the KKR honcho enthused that both these bowlers have previous captaincy experience with their respective states and also possess the required tactical nous to carry out the job for the franchise in IPL 2018 this year. Mysore also said that out of all the options on their desk, it is perhaps Vinay Kumar who comes in with the most captaincy experience and has won a lot of trophies for his state Karnataka.