Bits and pieces from other franchise cricket leagues around the globe has helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ideate in terms of team combination, assistant coach Simon Katich said on the eve of their Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.”We pay a fair bit of attention to all competitions and not only the BBL (Big Bash League, Australia),” Katich told reporters after being asked whether Narine’s surprise opening decision was borrowed from Melbourne Renegades where the West Indian has opened thrice this year. (Also read: Need to start trusting Sunil Narine with the bat now: Gautam Gambhir)”In the Caribbean Premier League, the wickets are very similar to that of India. There also the spinners play a big role. The wickets turn. The Pakistan Super League is also played in similar sort of conditions. There are a number of competitions we are looking at in terms of players that are performing and playing big tournaments,” the former Australia opener said.After that whirlwind 18-ball 37 which took the game away from Kings XI Punjab, Narine has been nicknamed the “all-rounder”, Katich said. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir wants tips from Sunil Narine to hit big sixes)”Narine repaid the faith and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I have never seen him as vocal in training when he found out he batting at the top of the order so…his nickname is “the all-rounder” now and hopefully that continues.””We know that he can bat. I think what we saw was someone playing a role and that’s why we brought him. To play in Powerplay. After Chris Lynn being injured, we felt we needed to try and win the Powerplay and he batted wonderfully with Gautam. To be 76 after six overs is a fantastic start and it killed the game,” Katich said.advertisementKatich said that against defending champions Sunrisers, it won’t be a surprise anymore and that they are a well-oiled machine, adding Narine’s big-hitting capabilities prompted the management to rethink his position in the batting order.”It (Chris Lynn’s injury) presented an opportunity for Narine and it was a surprise. But tomorrow it won’t be because Sunrisers are a very well drilled team. They are well coached and led by David Warner. They have got a very good bowling line up.””We try to win that phase of the game (Powerplay) and we did that yesterday.””Narine has taken Lynn’s spot at the top of the order but he was always in the team. With his ball striking capability, we felt he should bat higher up the order as he was being unutilised down at No 8. It allows us to play another overseas player in the middle order.”India’s Umesh Yadav (4/33) was the pick of the bowlers on Thursday for KKR returning from a brief injury layoff. The in-form pacer scalped three wickets in four deliveries in his third over and also got the back of Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell.”Most players who play at the international level for a certain period of time, they get a lot of confidence like Umesh got while playing for India,” Katich said of Umesh who played 13 of the 14 Tests at home taking 17 wickets in eight innings in the four-match India-Australia series.”He was always bowling at good pace but even in that process, that wicket (of Maxwell) he got yesterday, it was well executed as we spoke before the game how to get Maxwell out when he started to open up. The way he got him out caught behind, following him was exactly as was discussed pre-game so that sort of stuff doesn’t go unnoticed from the coaching group.””That level of experience he has gained playing consistently for India in all formats is helping him.”
Last year, when Team India was in the West Indies for a four-match Test series, almost every moment of their Caribbean journey was made available to the fans, courtesy Anil Kumble’s photography.At the preparatory camp ahead of the West Indies tour last year, Kumble got his hands dirty training with the young Indian team. Apart from on-field drills, Kumble also came up with various team-building exercises.Kumble doubled up as team photographer during the tour in 2016 and clicked photos of the team spending time at the scenic beaches in the Caribbean and captured the winning moments through his lens.Batsman @klrahul11’s dive captured beautifully through coach @anilkumble1074’s lens #CoachCamera #WIvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mYzAM15krt- BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2016Reached St. Kitts…long [email protected] @klrahul11 @y_umesh Tour begins @BCCI pic.twitter.com/l2aEpOFSqp- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 6, 2016With the skipper @imVkohli on a visit to Nevis @BCCI #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/NdnjCw8bf2- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 12, 2016However, this year the team is back in the West Indies and only one photograph in which captain Virat Kohli is seen standing next to his counterpart Jason Holder has been made public. The Indian team is in the West Indies to play five ODIs and a lone Twenty20 International starting at the Port of Spain on June 23.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli meets his @westindies counterpart @Jaseholder98 #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/FDhF9VwQYD- BCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2017It seems Team India is keeping a low profile post Kumble’s resignation as coach. Kumble stepped down following a rift with skipper Virat Kohli, who had “reservations” with his style of coaching.advertisementKumble was appointed the head coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for a one-year term last June.India enjoyed tremendous success in Test cricket under Kumble’s guidance with five Test series victories (West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia). India won 12 out of 17 Tests, lost just one game and drew the other five.Kumble’s coaching journey with Team India in limited-overs started with a 1-0 series defeat in a two-match T20 International series against West Indies in Florida. However, that remained his only failure as India beat New Zealand (3-2), England (2-1) in the ODI series before dominating England for a 2-1 series win in T20Is. India also reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy where they lost to the eventual winners Pakistan at The Oval.Kohli too enjoyed a successful run under Kumble. Kohli slammed 1503 runs in 16 Tests at 65.34. The India skipper also scored five centuries, including four double hundreds. He became the first-ever batsman to slam double centuries in four consecutive Test series (West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh).In One Day Internationals too, Kohli’s form was unmatched. The 28-year-old was in the best form of his life with 801 runs from 13 matches scoring at an average of 100.12. He also struck two centuries and six fifties in that one-year period starting from the New Zealand ODI series and ending at the Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan.In Twenty20 Internationals, Kohli scored 68 runs at an average of 17. Overall, Kohli has scored 1709 from 44 innings and averages 53.40 in the shortest format.