Abhishek Nayar has joined Kolkata Knight Riders squad recently to help Dinesh Karthik chalk out winning strategies for his team in the campaign. Karthik is one of those players with whom Nayar has worked inc close quarters and has also monitored his domestic performances closely.
Another player whom Nayar has seen evolve as a matchwinner is the Mumbai Indians skipper and Indian opening skipper Rohit Sharma.
Nayar in an interview to Economic Times recollected the days when he was training Rohit Sharma and shaping up his career. he admits the things he made Rohit do were absolutely crazy and mind-boggling.
“When the ground was being restructured, I made Rohit go and dig up the grounds and put sand in like a construction worker. I even made him chop wood, lift tyres and walk in a tank full of wet clay,” he said. If the training methods seem unconventional, it’s because they are."
Nayar knows Sharma’s potential all too well to push his limits, as was evident in an interview a few years ago where he said, “Rohit is immune to what the world thinks about him. When he’s thrown against the wall, he has the knack of bouncing back.”
In the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, defending champions Mumbai Indians has got off to a really bad start losing four games out of five and is languishing at sixth position in the points table. Their very recent loss came against Rajasthan Royals, in a nail-biting clash.
Just when it looked all but lost for Rajasthan, they found a Royal hero in Krishnapa Gowtham who scored a magical 33 from 11 deliveries to give Rajasthan their third win of the season.
Previously in Rajasthan's chase Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant 17th over dismissing Sanju Samson (52) and Jos Buttler (6) off successive deliveries.
Rajasthan needed 40 from 15 deliveries and that was when Gowtham turned the match on his head with his fearsome striking.
The 18th over from Mustafizur Rahman went for 15 runs followed by the 19th from Bumrah again for 18 runs. That left 10 to be scored of the last 6 as Gowtham won it for the Royals.
If Nayar's words are to be believed, a Rohit Sharma comeback is around the corner.