Much before Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Dinesh Karthik, hit the headlines with his last-ball heroics in the final of the Nidahas Trophy, the India international had admitted that sessions with Mumbai batsman Abhishek Nayar helped him bounce back at the highest level.
On Saturday, the Knight Riders brought in the 34-year-old as one of its support staff. Though Nayar's exact role with the franchise is still unclear, KKR CEO Venky Mysore has confirmed that he will help in mentoring the side.
“We are pleased to welcome Abhishek Nayar to the KKR support staff. The younger talent of the team will particularly benefit from Nayar’s experience and mentoring,” Mysore said.
Nayar joins KKR which has former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis at the helm, and Simon Katich and Heath Streak as an assistant coach and bowling coach respectively.
Nayar was dropped from Mumbai's Ranji Trophy side last season. And with him joining Knight Riders - in his shepherding role - it would be interesting to see whether he continues to play domestic cricket next year.
Nayar, who has three ODIs and 99 first-class games under his belt, would be hoping to make the most of his coaching assignment.
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