[caption id="attachment_124060" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="thumbnail size-full wp-image-124060" alt="Mike-Horn" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Mike-Horn.jpg" width="628" height="430" /> Mike Horn has worked with India and South Africa teams in the past Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p><b>New Delhi: Apr 9, 2014</b> <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>Renowned adventurer and explorer, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Mike-Horn" target="_blank">Mike Horn</a> has been roped in by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/KKR" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) for a short stint ahead of the upcoming seventh season of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/IPL" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL). <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>Mike, who has earlier worked with the Indian cricket team in 2011 and South African team, will now be sharing his life experiences with the players of KKR in UAE. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>"Our objective right now with Mike Horn is that he helps out with the integration of the team, since we have a fairly new team this time. The team building exercises, team bonding and of course the motivational side of it. Though he is coming for a very short burst, partly because of his availability. So we will have him for four five days leading up to the first game," said Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>"The bigger motivation of getting Mike Horn this season was that he has done a lot of work with athletes in general and sports teams, not just cricket. He is very familiar with this zone. And I also got very good endorsement on him from some of the players. It was very encouraging to look at someone like him for our team. I am quite excited with what he can do for KKR," added Mysore. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>The KKR team gathered in UAE, instead of assembling in India. I think there are two reasons for us to assemble in UAE. Firstly, with the new team coming in it is almost like ring-fencing them and keeping them in a place where they don't have any major distractions. And they are together and they are having meals together and more," Mysore said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>[read-also]99664,113496[/read-also]</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It helps when the whole team is in one place. Secondly, it is a good way to get acclimatised to the conditions of the field. Each player gets to practice in that environment in their own field of expertise. This I feel works very well for the players," he explained. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan bowling great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Wasim-Akram" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> is back as a mentor for KKR this season. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>"From a cricketing perspective, we are very fortunate that we have a very stable support staff. Two things I am looking forward to and which will help us is that Wasim Akram is back. Last year he had taken a break for personal reasons. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>So he is back as the mentor and the bowling coach. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>"We also have W V Raman, who is more of a batting coach. <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>He knows the mindset of the Indian players. So between Wasim and Raman we have two of these specialists which we didn't have last year," said Mysore.