Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore talked recently about how the scouting system at his franchise works. He detailed how the decision to invest funds in a younger player is not a single man’s decision but an outcome of a collective effort of the entire scouting team.
Speaking to Sportskeeda representative, Venky Mysore disclosed how the KKR had got hands on some of the unearthed talents in the last 12 years. He was speaking of some of the talented young players like Shubman Gill, Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Shivam Mavi, and how the franchise decided to finally sign these players.
Kolkata Knight Riders has provided a platform to several upcoming talents to showcase their performance on a national level. Players like Shubman Gill found their true potential with KKR. The U-19 World Cup-winning Indian batsman has amassed 500 runs playing 24 IPL innings for KKR at an average of 33.27.
We enquired how KKR manages to keep an eye on the upcoming talents, Venky Mysore replied:
“We have put a scouting system in place, not only in India but wherever cricket happens all around the world, we have got a scouting system in place. There is not a single player with any type of talent that might fit into KKR that misses our radar. So, they’re all there.
“We work through this whole thing, we use the academy as a platform not only to work with our existing players but to bring in talent that we have already unearthed,” he continued.
KKR CEO praised other members of the franchisee for their crucial role in the entire process. This includes Abhishek Nayar, Omkar Salvi, and Srikanth. He also spoke how the franchisee wanted to sign Varun Chakravarthy in the auction last year, but he was snatched by KXIP who outbid them. However, the Mohali-based franchise has released him this year and KKR managed to get him aboard for IPL 2020.