Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak has been announced as the new bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League and will work with Dinesh Karthik once again. Streak will replace L Balaji, who was hired as the bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings.
"DK is a lovely guy and he's got a very astute cricket brain," Streak told
"He is a very open-minded guy and is open to listening. The best thing is he loves the game, loves talking about it and he was a good friend in the two years we had spent at Gujarat Lions."
Kolkata Knight Riders kept a close eye on the ICC Under-19 World Cup and picked up talented pacers like Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi in the team to help experienced players like Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson. Streak seemed impressed by the young sensations and hoped to make them perfect during his time with KKR.
"They really look technically sound, so for me, it is about giving them good tactical support and helping them out," Streak said.
"Playing at the U-19 World Cup is very different from playing in the IPL against highly-experienced players.
"They have got the skills and resources to be able to do that; it's just helping them make smart decisions, especially under pressure. That's what it is all about -- playing in the big league."
However, ahead of the league, the franchise is struggling with injuries as their
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