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Wasim Akram with Jacques Kallis © IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are sitting comfortably at the top of the points table in the ninth edition of Indian Premier League. With 6 wins out of 9 matches, they are brimming with confidence and are in top contention to win this year’s T20 domestic extravaganza. KKR coach Jacques Kallis is happy with the team’s stellar show and has been enjoying coaching KKR. The former all-rounder played a key role in Sydney Thunder’s success in previous edition of Big Bash League (BBL); then displayed his cricketing skills in the Masters Champions League for Libra Legends. And, now, he cruising KKR to its third IPL title as a coach. Indeed he’s a man of many layers. Jacques Kallis: It was no surprise to see Yusuf Pathan do what he did to win against RCB in IPL 2016

“It’s been good fun and I’ve enjoyed it. I always knew I would enjoy coaching because I’ve spent a lot of time helping guys out while I was playing. Being the head coach means a lot more responsibility and work, but it’s been a good journey so far. Fortunately for me, I know the set-up well now since I’ve been with them (KKR) since 2011.The transition was an easy one. They are a great bunch of players, so they make the job easier. The players are easily manageable and are without egos,” Kallis told TOI during a promotional event.

After retirement, the 40-year-old seems to be enjoying the free time.”It has been a lot of time away from home and travelling across the world is tough. There comes a point of time where you are done and I felt that some time ago. I’m still involved with the game and since I’m coaching now, I get to spend more time at home and I’m enjoying this phase,” he added. Read: Jacques Kallis removes controversial tweet over South Africa government decision

Kallis seems to enjoying the new challenge of mentoring the young guns. “You have to manage each player differently and that is the key. It is important to find out what is best for each player. Traditionally coaching used to be one rule for all but now you have to provide an environment which gives the players the space to produce the best result possible,” concluded Kallis.