KKR in good shape: Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan skipper and Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram said the team is in good shape and would perform well in the 3rd season of the Indian Premiere League beginning in March 2010.

"KKR is in good shape and has a high morale," Wasim Akram said while cooperating with mediapersons at the Eden Gardens after a practice session of the team.

He said even though the team could not perform well last year, he expects that it will be able to live up to the expectations this time.

Stating that the team has a number of talented players, Akram said, "I have worked with Manoj Tiwari and Lakshmi Ratan Shukla earlier. They are still very impressive. Everybody in the team knows his work."

When asked whether he has trained reverse swing to KKR bowlers, Akram, known as the 'Sultan of swing', said, "I have given them some tips. I hope they will be able to adopt them by March 12."

KKR are line up to play their first IPL-3 match against the Deccan Chargers on March 12.

According to Akram, Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis is a little down on confidence. "He is experienced, but his confidence has to be boosted up."

Speaking on KKR skipper Saurav Ganguly, he said, "He is a very successful skipper and a great motivator. He is very committed to the game. The juniors should learn from him."

"I am happy to be able to work with him," he said adding Dave Whatmore is a great coach.

According to the former Pakistan skipper, Ishant Sharma should not be judged only from his performance in the subcontinent.

"We should not judge him only on his performance on the wickets of the subcontinent," he added.

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