IPL 2020 – Kolkata Knight Riders

Hello everyone, the Clock is ticking up and just 3 days left for the start of IPL. Today we are going to present you our take on, one of the most popular team in the IPL “Kolkata Knight Riders”.

KKR’s journey till date in IPL has been so far so good, just like all the successful teams KKR has seen their Up’s and downs but the fate of KKR’s team has changed after the arrival of Gautam Gambhir. Despite facing criticism from the people of Kolkata for replacing Dada with Gambhir KKR has seen the taste of success under the captaincy of Gambhir. KKR has become champions in the year 2012, 2014 and reached play offs stage continuously in 2016 & 17. Once Gambhir had left KKR, Dinesh Karthik took charge as captain and took them to play offs in 2018 but ended up in the 5th position in 2019.

KKR team looks pretty strong in this year in all the departments. Let’s have a look at their strength and weakness.

KKR’s top order has attacking batsmen Tom Banton and Sunil Narine along with the class players like Rahul Tripati, Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana looks pretty strong. KKR have also strengthened up their middle order by adding England’s world cup winning captain and currently one of the best white ball player “Eoin Morgan”. With Morgan coming in the team, it just takes a lot of pressure from Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell in the middle order. This also rules out their weakness in terms of batting which is heavily depending on Dinesh Karthik and Dre Russ.

KKR bowling has comprised of extraordinary Pace Attack and Spin wizards. Their pace attack consists of Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, U-19 sensations Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi along with the Premium All-rounder Andre Russell. KKR has high hopes on Australian Fast Bowler Pat Cummins who has gone for highest price for almost INR.16 CR in this year’s auction. Their spin attack consists of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy and Nitish Rana also gives you some good overs at the middle if necessary.
With Narine being not a mysterious spinner anymore and Kuldeep though picking up wickets could not able to control the run flow might cost them. For this very same reason, bowlers not performing up to the expectations cost their place in the play offs last year’s IPL.

IF they can overcome these problems they are very much in the contention of IPL this year.

Players to watch out for : Shubhman Gill, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins

Best Playing XI:

Sunil Narine
Rahul Tripati
Shubman Gill
Nitish Rana
Eoin Morgan
Dinesh Karthik
Andre Russell
Pat Cummins / Lockie Ferguson
Kuldeep Yadav / Varun Chakravarthy
Prasidh Krishna
Kamlesh Nagarkoti / Shubam Mavi