KKR's new head coach Chandrakant Pandit
Chandrakant Pandit has played 5 Tests and 36 ODIs for India
Have won 6 Ranji Trophy titles in coaching
Recently appointed head coach of KKR
Chandrakant Pandit has a reputation for being a coach with strict discipline, but the veteran domestic coach knows that when stars like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins play under him in the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he will have to use his own coaching system. will have to be changed.
The 60-year-old former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Pandit, who has been appointed the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 16th tournament of the IPL, is ready to change himself if needed.
After being appointed as the first Indian chief of KKR, Pandit said in an interview to PTI, 'You don't need to use the same method everywhere.
One has to be a little flexible while trying to understand the mindset of each player, which is very important.
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He said, 'I always do this (studying the players) and accordingly we can understand things and move forward.'
Pandit said that he does not use a common approach for everyone in coaching.
He has no hesitation in admitting that some of the top players like Russell and Cummins have a lot of experience and will never use their Ranji Trophy methods at the IPL level.
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Pandit said, 'These are experienced players.
They have been playing at the highest level for so many years and certainly the same method cannot be used at every level.
You have to understand and study his methods and make sure that the demand for cricket takes precedence over anything else.' The state associations approaching Pandit at the domestic level always know that if you want his services. So you have to give them complete freedom to work but will it be possible at IPL level.
Pandit said, 'I don't know what my image is, but I understand that the job of a head coach needs to take things in such a way that they are result-oriented.'
He said, 'I don't know how people see my ways, but I will try to fulfill the opportunity given to me to the best of my ability'.
Former Mumbai legend Abhishek Nair is one of the key members of the KKR think-tank and captain Shreyas Iyer is also from Mumbai.
Incidentally, Pandit has coached both of them at different times in their careers.
"It is always an advantage that you have players in your structure with whom you have spent time and certainly the rapport that we have maintained over the years," Pandit said.
“KKR have Umesh Yadav, who played under my coaching in Vidarbha and Venkatesh Iyer who is an important member of Madhya Pradesh.
I know all these boys personally.
Pandit, who has six Ranji Trophy titles as coach, said, "You have Abhishek (Nair) and Omkar Salvi (support staff) who have played under my coaching.
His presence will be beneficial.
Pandit had revealed that he had once met KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan during the initial years of the IPL, but things didn't work out then.
This time when KKR CEO Venky Mysore offered the position of head coach, he did not have to think a second time.
Pandit said, 'Yes, I got the offer after the Ranji Trophy final.
Last time it didn't work.
It is an honor to be a part of this franchise.
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