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For Bayliss, KKR is more than a family

It could be the money, or glamour, or just the competitive learning experience that comes with a coat of fun. But quite a few players and coaches who had come to India have stayed on with the Indian Premier League.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2012 00:27 IST
Nilankur Das

It could be the money, or glamour, or just the competitive learning experience that comes with a coat of fun. But quite a few players and coaches who had come to India have stayed on with the Indian Premier League.

Players like former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock has stayed on with the Mumbai Indians, like Australian Darren Lehmann, who has shifted from Rajasthan Royals to Deccan Chargers. Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming has stuck to the Chennai Super Kings.

India were playing a Test series in Bangladesh two years ago when Eric Simons joined the squad as the bowling consultant. Soon after the South African's contract with the national side was over, Delhi Daredevils signed him as their head coach.

Similar is the case with Joe Dawes, who has replaced Simons. The Australian has been signed by Kings XI Punjab as their bowling consultant.

Familiarity helps
"The familiarity helps an enormous amount," said Eric Simons. "In a way you are continuing the work you had started. In the IPL, you have such a short time with the players, particularly the international ones. It does make a big difference when you know your players and what they are capable of," Simons added.

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss had a different take when asked how different coaching an international side was from coaching a franchise.

"It's much more like a family. Like in the KKR set up everyone gets on very well with each other. Maybe there is not quite as much pressure in T20 cricket as in an international match. The format has a lot to do with it and on a day any team can win.

"Everyone loves to be involved here, especially with the razzmatazz and the excitement around this event."