The Telegraph
Monday , April 14 , 2014
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Jacques wants fun and cricket

Calcutta: Jacques Kallis usually comes across as a serious cricketer, but the all-rounder is looking forward to having “fun” in the upcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

But Kallis, who is currently training with the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi, is not just planning to enjoy his IPL stint, he is also focussed on his cricket.

“It’s nice to get back to playing cricket again… Feels like it was only yesterday when we were playing for the KKR. It’s really nice to get back here and I’m looking forward to having fun and some more cricket again,” the South African great said in a video diary of the Knights.

Kallis may be nostalgic about the Knights, having represented them in multiple editions, but for West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell it’s the first time that he would be turning up for the 2012 champions.

Russell is trying to adjust to the “new family”. “For me, it’s the first time in KKR… I’m trying to enjoy the new family and be the best… I do look forward to having fun,” Russell said.

Though just two days are left for the Knights to begin their IPL VII campaign as they play the tournament opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians, physical trainer Adrian Le Roux is not making the players work too hard.

“We’re basically having some interval training… It’s still early in the tournament. So, we can afford the luxury at this point in time. Pat Cummins and Manvinder Singh Bisla are doing a bit of extra work. It will be beneficial to them as the season progresses,” Le Roux said.