'In professional sport, winning is everything'

Professional coaching is no different from playing professionally, says Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss.


Chennai, (The Telegraph):
Trevor Bayliss, coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, spoke to The Telegraph at the Taj Coromandel on Friday evening. The following are excerpts:

Sunday's final isn't far away. What are your thoughts at this point in time?

The boys have had a break for a few days, have got away from the game and have relaxed...They're looking forward to the final, as am I.

But, as we speak, the opponent hasn't been identified...

We have no preference whatsoever...Both teams playing in the second Qualifier are very good...We'll take whoever comes. [The Knights will be facing the Chennai Super Kings, champions in the last two seasons.]

Frankly, when IPL-V got underway, did you expect to be in Chennai for the final?

I knew we had a good team, that the Knights had finished fourth last season...But, yes, it was unknown territory for me. I did keep in mind the fact that if the good players do well, we'd be hard to beat.

Could the Knights be hit by nerves?

I suppose there's extra pressure for any team in any final...It's about how the players respond to the pressure...Yes, it will be a big game for the boys, but they don't have to approach it any differently from the previous 17 matches...Producing the A game under pressure will make the difference...We've got a couple of players who've played in a World Cup final...It will be the same for the second finalist.

What does it take to be successful in a final?

Having good players play well...T20 gets down to two-three guys in a team having a good night...The players have to back themselves, back their abilities. The batsmen, for example, have to keep it simple 'watch the ball'.

Is there an area where you'd like the Knights to improve?

(Smiles) All areas...I'd like them to get better in batting, bowling and in fielding. If we improve, we'll be very difficult to beat. Having said that, our bowling has been very consistent and the boys have stood up with the bat too.

While Manoj Tiwary looks fit, Lakshmipathy Balaji seems very doubtful for the final...

We're not exactly sure how it (Balaji's injury) is at this moment. Obviously, both boys will be given the maximum time to recover. So, fingers crossed...There are others eager to play, wanting to have a go.

What's your assessment of the Chepauk?

The wickets there aren't a lot different to Eden Gardens...On the slower side, with the spinners getting more purchase as the game goes on.

Any special words of advice for Sunil Narine?

No special advice...I'd only ask him to approach the final in the way he has approached the previous matches. He has a calm manner and that works to his advantage. Even if he gets the stick, his approach doesn't change.

Captain Gautam Gambhir has praised your style, that you know "exactly what to say and when to say it"...

I don't go out of my way to talk only when I must...I guess it just happens with my style...First and foremost, though, the game is all about the players and not the coach. The players are the ones who face the pressure.

Principal owner Shah Rukh Khan did the cartwheeling act, while others showed plenty of emotion after the final was made. What were your thoughts that night, in Pune?

I was happy, perhaps even relieved that we'd given ourselves the chance to become the champions.

Is there ever something for the team which loses in a final?

Whoever runs second isn't necessarily remembered for too long. In professional sport, winning is everything.

The final one...You're just a match away from winning a second T20 title within six months. What are your emotions?

There's excitement, that's for sure...Professional coaching is no different from playing professionally. You're in the game because you want to be part of a success story. It's a good feeling to be successful.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Kolkata vs Bangalore

On Now: Kolkata vs Bangalore

IPL 7, GAME 11—Aaron's spell restricts Kolkata to 150-7. More »

Kolkata bowling vs Bangalore batting might

Kolkata bowling vs Bangalore batting might

The likely return of Gayle will boost Bangalore, but the result could be determined by Kolkata's bowlers. More »

Boycotting IPL will not save cricket

Boycotting IPL will not save cricket

Boycotting the IPL as a means of protest against the grime in the game may not yield the desired results. More »

Gambhir a knock away from striking form - KKR coach

Gambhir a knock away from striking form - KKR coach

Gautam made an eight-ball duck in the opening game against Mumbai and in the second game against Delhi, he lasted only half those balls. More »

Rivals say Srini group delaying BCCI special general meeting

Rivals say Srini group delaying BCCI special general meeting

The group opposed to Srinivasan alleged that since BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel belongs to the president’s group, he was intentionally delaying the SGM… More »

April 24: A legend is born

As Sachin Tendulkar turns 41 - here's a look at some offbeat moments from the Master Blaster's innings. More »

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

IPL 7, GAME 10—Chennai beat Rajasthan by 7 runs after last-over scare. More »

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

... because, as recent events reveal, the BCCI has little intention of doing it. More »

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

Sri Lanka depart for assignments in Ireland and England in two weeks, and Sanath Jayasuriya suggested Marvan Atapattu would be interim head coach for those… More »

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Herath has been rested, while the team will be without the veteran pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from T20 internationals… More »

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was… More »

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

Dalmiya said that it was the first time that the BCCI had been faced with a situation where the apex court had hauled up the Board and it should have acted… More »

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

The ECB continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment of Paul Farbrace as assistant coach. More »

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

Mukul Mudgal has communicated to the court his willingness to take up the investigation and has been asked to specify the terms and modalities on April… More »

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation… More »

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

With two heavy defeats at the hands of Bangalore and Chennai, Daredevils currently languish near the bottom of the table. More »

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

The Supreme Court prefers that the Justice Mudgal panel further investigate the IPL corruption scandal. More »

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

The Mukul Mudgal probe committee dropped a bombshell in the Supreme Court on Tuesday by making a sensational claim that it was forced to stop audio recording… More »

Perfect Punjab trounce Hyderabad

Perfect Punjab trounce Hyderabad

IPL7, GAME 9—Maxwell (95, 43b), Balaji (4-13) set up 72-run win. More »

Have the ECB played an unfair game?

Have the ECB played an unfair game?

Money talks, but it is in light of this ICC shakeup that the ECB's act of soliciting of another team's coach deteriorates from free-market aggression to… More »

Farbrace quits for England post

Farbrace quits for England post

He will assist Peter Moores who was unveiled as the new England coach on Saturday. More »

Moin appointed to manage Pakistan team

Moin appointed to manage Pakistan team

Pakistan on Monday reappointed Moin Khan as chief selector and manager of the national team, a week after fellow former captain Rashid Latif turned down… More »

Chennai smash Delhi for first win

Chennai smash Delhi for first win

IPL7, MATCH 8—Raina-led middle order, superlative catching give CSK a 93-run win. More »

'BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years'

'BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years'

The former BCCI president says he was "disillusioned" by the happenings at the emergent working committee meeting on Sunday. More »