Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most successful teams of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (3) have the most number of titles, even KKR have managed to win two titles. KKR along with the Hyderabad franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and the now-defunct Deccan Chargers (2009) are the only teams to have won the IPL trophy on more than one occasion. The Knight Riders who were seen as the favorites in the 2019 edition made an early exit from the tournament. However, the Shah Rukh Khan owned franchise has recruited some important people in their personnel.
After Brendon McCullum was roped in as the head coach by the Kolkata franchise, his countryman and former pacer Kyle Mills has been appointed as the new bowling coach of the two-time winners. In addition to Mills, Kolkata Knight Riders have hired former Australian cricketer David Hussey as the chief mentor. Now, both the new recruits will be working under the new head coach Brendon McCullum. This news was confirmed by Kolkata Knight Riders on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
📢 ANNOUNCEMENT: We have @DavidHussey29 joining us as the Chief Mentor, along with @kylemills79, who will serve as the Bowling Coach of #KKR in the upcoming editions of #IPL2020 🙌#KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/J5KR40q7jU— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 5, 2019
Meanwhile, KKR CEO and MD Venky Mysore has welcomed David Hussey and Kyle Mills to the Kolkata Knight Riders family by saying that the duo brings a wealth of experience as professionals and that they are terrific individuals. Mysore also added that the franchise is confident that their contribution as part of the think tank of KKR and to the KKR Academy will be invaluable.
Kyle Mills had represented New Zealand from 2001 to 2015. In his cricketing career spanning nearly half-a-decade, he has played 19 Tests, 170 One Day Internationals and 42 T20Is for the Black Caps. Mills has 240 ODI scalps which makes him the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of New Zealand's ODI cricket. David Hussey, on the other hand, has represented Australia in 69 ODI's and 39 T20Is. Hussey had also played for the Kolkata Knight Riders during the first three seasons of IPL i.e. from 2008 to 2010.