Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have roped in Olympic sprinter Chris Donaldson as the strength and conditioning coach for IPL 2020. Donaldson, a Kiwi sprinter, represented the country in Olympics at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. He also participated in the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Besides that, Donaldson, was a part of the 4x100m relay team that set the current national record and a strength and mental conditioning coach for New Zealand cricket team. He is currently training the KKR players, in quarantine, over video calls at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
“When Baz (Brendon McCullum) told me that Chris Donaldson was coming aboard, he spoke very highly of him and said ‘I don’t know about the cricketers, but you definitely will love him’ because I love training. So far, I have absolutely enjoyed it,” Abhishek Nayar, the KKR Team Mentor said in a recent chat with kkr.in.
“The guys are now getting to know him. There have been some unbelievable workouts he has given everyone to do. They are hard, and if you haven’t worked out for a while, you can’t do it. Sore bodies for a couple of days. But it’s amazing and very, very helpful for all the boys in this time of staying indoors,” he added.
KKR have been one of the most challenging sides in the IPL. The Dinesh Karthik-led side will be joined by the likes of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan this year and they form a competitive unit altogether.
Meanwhile, after VIVO pulled out as the sponsors for IPL, Dream 11 bagged the deal for Rs.220 crore for four months. IPL will get underway from September 19 with the final being played on November 10. However, the final fixture for the lucrative tournament is still to be announced, with Mumbai Indians set to put their title on defense.