Kolkata Knight Riders know how to handle IPL pressure, says Mike Horn

Mike Horn, who has been roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for a short stint in UAE, said the team is capable of creating magic in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

Updated: April 15, 2014 13:30 IST
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New Delhi: Renowned adventurer and explorer Mike Horn shared his life experiences with the Kolkata Knight Riders as part of their build-up for the upcoming Indian Premier League and said the team is capable of creating magic this season.

"I find working with KKR really relaxing. The surrounding is much more relaxed than the other teams I've worked with before. I think the coach understands the players and he's got confidence in the players," Horn, who has earlier worked with the Indian cricket team and the South African side, said after a meeting with the KKR players. (Also read: Jonty Rhodes impressed by outstanding fielding efforts)

Horn joined the Kolkata Knight Riders camp in UAE, where the first leg of the event is to be held from April 16 to 30, said the players have it in them to win the trophy.

"I think the selection of the players was very well done and there was a lot of research in who they wanted to play for the team and that makes it a very well balanced team. With a well balanced team a magic it creates where they become friends and just being with them for a couple of days now I can see how the players are slowly but truly integrating into each other," he said. (Related: Time is right for Pakistani cricketers to play in IPL, says Wasim Akram)

"Whereas with other teams I have worked before, players kept their distance, there was a lot more pressure put on the players. In this team I think the success would be the pressure it releases from the players and the players can play with much more freedom," he added.

Horn said KKR is a talented outfit. "This is what makes me a fighter because being in IPL for a while now and seeing how the teams have evolved and it's not always the big name that makes the best team it's the best team that makes it the best team and the winning team," he said. (Read: Laundry service to clean IPL? Dhoni's 'wishy-washy' solution)

"So I think KKR is going to be a team that really people might question on the paper but is actually full of a lot of talent," he added.

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