Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the IPL title twice under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, but after Gambhir’s departure, the team was unable to perform due to lack of leadership for which she was known. Kolkata, however, cannot be excluded from the list of teams considered to be title contenders in this 13th season. One of the reasons for this is the balance along with the best players of the T20 format in the team. The team will also be captained by Dinesh Karthik this season.
Last season, Karthik was not successful as captain and some controversies also caught fire within the team. This time, captain Eoin Morgan, who led England to the World Cup, will be with them. Morgan will not only strengthen the leadership group of the team, but will also benefit the team more than the type of batsman he is.
The team will try to have consistency in its performance this season which is most important to win the title and it is necessary that there is solidarity and trust in the team, which is the job of the team management, support staff. Last season, there was a lack of solidarity in the team and there were reports of differences between captain Karthik and Andre Russell.
The team relied more on team Andre Russell last season. He scored 510 runs in 13 matches, coming in the lower order. Russell did not support the team. This time Morgan’s arrival has strengthened the team’s middle order. Apart from the captain here, there is also Nitish Rana who has the ability to score fast and stay on the wicket.
All eyes will be on Shubman Gill, who is seen as India’s future, who will come out as an opener. One question must be found for Kolkata and who will start the innings with Gill. In previous seasons, it has been seen that Sunil Narayan used to start innings many times. This time Kolkata have also added England’s Tom Benton and he can be seen in the opening pair with Gill. Apart from these two, Rahul Tripathi is also an option.
As far as bowling is concerned, the team has added Pat Cummins of Australia for Rs 15.5 crore to strengthen it. The team has good options to support Cummins. Here, young Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, famous Krishna, Lockie Ferguson can support him well.
Kolkata’s strength has been its spin and apart from Sunil, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has always proved successful for the team.
Team: Dinesh Karthik (Captain / Wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Famous Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narayan, Pat Kamisam, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakraborty, Tom Benton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M, Siddhesh, Nikhil Naik (wicketkeeper)
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