Ness Wadia, the KXIP co-owner has made his intentions for the team clear ahead of the next IPL season. He said that they have made the mistake of changing the captain and the coach frequently in the past. They have made a three year plan with Anil Kumble, for taking the team forward. They also have said that along with Kumble, KL Rahul will also be part of this plan.
While asked about the recently concluded season, the co-owner didn’t shy away from the faults in the team and the wrong calls taken on the field by the umpires. He said that the wrong call by the umpire against DC hurt them as they were just one win away from confirming the playoffs spot. The wrong short run call cost them the match which came back to haunt them in the end. He also added that the big international names like Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell whom they bought for big amount didn’t do justice to their price tag.
While speaking about the positives for the team, he said that they have formed a core around few players. Players like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Pooran, Gayle and Shami have been around the team for sometime now. They look forward to make a team around these players. Young talents like Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh have proved that they can do wonders if backed by the team and the management enough.
Wadia added that KL has proved our move to go after him was not wrong. He has been with the team for 3 years now and has been the top scorer for them for all 3 years. His captaincy has also been tested and he has proved that they can make a comeback out of nowhere. Gayle made enough impact to play him from game 1 in the next season. Shami has also improved incredibly well in the T20 format.
Wadia also feels that the team needs time to settle down and the constant changes in the management and captaincy have hurted them in the past seasons.
Wadia has also called for the rules to be reviewed again by the committee as that one error by the umpires costed the team a playoffs spot.