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IPL 2024: Andrew Flintoff shows up seldom to watch KKR’s practice match

<p>Tuesday, March 19, was the day when former England cricketer Andrew Freddie Flintoff joined the Kolkata Knight Riders’ practice session at Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata, in advance of the 17th Indian Premier League. Following his traumatic involvement in a vehicle accident in December 2022, the 46-year-old has been gradually making his way back into the public eye.</p>
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<p>KKR’s warm-up game for the forthcoming IPL season was where Flintoff was sighted. Flintoff was present, as were KKR’s mentor Gautam Gambhir and coach Chandrakant Pandit, who were supervising the match. A photo of Flintoff was shared on the KKR official social media account, along with the statement, “A special guest at our practice match—Flintoff is here.”</p>
<p>While watching the game, Flintoff struck up a conversation with the KKR team management. He was beaming and waving to the supporters watching the game, his face seeming to have healed.</p>
<p>In December 2022, Flintoff was engaged in a horrific accident that left him with serious face and jaw injuries in addition to fractured ribs while shooting for the BBC program Top Gear. He had to be flown from the accident scene, Dunsfold Park Aerodrome, to a hospital due to the severity of the situation. But 14 months after the disaster, he traveled to India for a second BBC documentary. In the 2009 Indian Premier League, Flintoff was a member of the Chennai Super Kings; however, he got injured after playing in only three games. He was barred from the cash-rich league after that.</p>
<p>In an attempt to win their third IPL championship, KKR has stepped up their preparations. Their big money man, Mitchell Starc, stepped up the heat with his deadly bowling during the warm-up match as well. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, an Afghan bowler, was dismissed by him. In addition, Manish Pandey, who returned to the team, crushed Andre Russell’s delivery for a massive six. Under Nitish Rana’s leadership, KKR concluded their season in the third-to-last position in the points standings. Having Shreyas Iyer back as captain and Gambhir returning home in a new capacity as a coach would help them have a successful tournament this year.</p>
<p>On Saturday, March 23, the Kolkata Knight Riders will play their first match of the competition against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the storied Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.</p>

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