All IPL teams undergo renovations. When you don’t win the title for more than two years, you tend to do that. Till last season, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) — despite appointing a new captain in Dinesh Karthik in 2018 — had players from the Gautam Gambhir era. The current side finally looks fresh out of the oven. There is no Robin Uthappa or Chris Lynn, or Jacques Kallis as coach. And Nagarkoti is back.

McCullum will start his maiden season as KKR coach with Abhishek Nayar as the supporting act. Among other things, Nayar is particularly happy for Nagarkoti.

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“All the youngsters are brilliant in the side. Kamlesh, Shivam (Mavi) and all the boys know how special they are and what they can do. I think it is great that Kamlesh is fit and hopefully he will remain fit for the IPL. Personally, I will be very happy…

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