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KKR have a strong core for next 5-7 years: Uthappa

 Kolkata, May 5:Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vice Captain Robin Uthappa feels that the team now has a strong core group of players who can deliver for the next 5-7 years.

“I think we have got a side that can hold strong core for the next 5-7 years easily,” Uthappa told KKR’s official website on the eve of their Indian Premier League (IPL) away tie against Mumbai Indians.
“So for me, I think that is commendable to have that kind of side. It’s commendable to have decision maker to have such setup,” he added talking about KKR having a young set of players this time and miminal squad.
The likes of U-19 World Cup winners Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi have done well so far for the two-time champions, while pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti had to be ruled out of the competition due to injury.
Gill was instrumental in KKR’s convincing six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the previous encounter. The 18-year old, who was adjugded Player of the Tournament in the U-19 World Cup, remained unbeaten on 57 off 36 balls to guide the purple brigade to victory.
In the same match, Mavi bowled superbly, conceding just 21 runs in his three overs, although not getting a wicket.
The likes of unheralded Rinku Singh have also been picked up by the franchise underlining their desire to promote young talent.
Uthappa, who has been around since the inception of the IPL in 2008, said the game has changed a lot since the first year and has become more “power-oriented”.
I think it’s the way cricket is moving right now. If you look at it. It is becoming a sport that is more dynamic, that is more power-oriented. Cricket has changed from the time. IANS

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