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IPL 2022: Support staff must manage player workload to minimize injury, says David Hussey | Cricket News

ByJulie J. Helfer

Mar 24, 2022
KOLKATA: Kolkata Knight Riders seemed to have ticked all the right boxes ahead of the Indian Premier League’s 15th season, but will that be enough for them to lift the cup under Shreyas Iyer? Team mentor David Hussey believes they have the right mix, and now it’s the turn of the players and support staff.
Support staff in particular have a huge role to play, given that some of KKR’s key players are injury-prone. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have all missed crucial games in the past and Hussey agrees workload management is an important area to work on.

“Injuries throughout the tournament can be difficult and it can have a huge impact on any team,” the former Australian batsman said in a virtual interaction on Wednesday.
“It’s up to us as support staff to recognize if someone is suffering from injury, fitness or fatigue and to be on the same page as them, if they need to. rest. We have to work with our coaches to keep them as fresh as possible.”
KKR, finalist of the last edition, this time has a well balanced team. However, question marks have been raised over their wicket attire. Hussey, however, isn’t worried. He thinks Sheldon Jackson and Sam Billings have enough skills and experience to do a good job for the team. “We’ve got a wonderful wicketkeeper in Jackson. He’s also a good ball striker and dominates in the Ranji Trophy. There’s also Billings who’s kept wickets for England,” Hussey said.

Head coach Brendon McCullum is known for his aggressive strategies and Hussey feels it’s the right to get down to business. “It’s our job to educate young players on the path of Brendon, which is how KKR is known,” Hussey said.
With Ajinkya Rahane and Pat Cummins in the side, Shreyas will have plenty of leaders to turn to. Although Rahane struggled to run, Hussey believes the Indian is a classy player and would look to dominate during the IPL. “Furthermore, he is a leader within the group and apart from his contributions on the pitch, he is also an asset off the pitch. He can guide the youngsters.”

Cummins will lead the attack, which this time will see some new faces. Australia’s Test skipper, along with Aaron Finch, will miss a few early games as they play Pakistan, which Hussey isn’t too happy about. “But then international cricket should be paramount. They will be ready for cricket when they join us.”