Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is one of the most popular franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL). KKR’s journey in the IPL over twelve editions can be described as emotional and unpredictable. The franchise failed to make it to the playoffs in the first three editions, resulting in a far cry and cry. He then completed an emotional transformation led by Gautam Gambhir, winning the league in the 2012 and 2014 editions. However, the trophy ruled him out with KKR’s unexpected performance last season. The franchise lost six matches in a row, winning four out of its first five matches, to finish fifth in the table in IPL 2019.
KKR will look to end their barren run and lift the trophy once again, costing the Australian all-rounder Rs 15.5 crore. Pat Cummins. England captain Eoin Morgan and budding wicketkeeper batsman Tom Banton have joined the team. With some fireworks from all-rounder Andre Russell, fans will be optimistic for a change in fortunes.
The KKR captain is one of the most experienced wicketkeeper-batsmen. Karthik has developed a reputation as the best finisher in the shortest format as a former captain after the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in 2018. The cricketer was in the news recently, after retiring MS Dhoni’s No.7 jersey as BCCI honors former India captain.
Highest: 97 not out
Strike rate: 129.80
The English cricketer is a very innovative player whose adventurous strokeplay makes it difficult for opposition bowlers. Morgan returns to KKR, representing the franchise from 2011 to 2013, and will add mid-order strength.
Strike Rate: 121.13
Sunil Narayan initially made his mark in the IPL for KKR with the ball, emerging as a top performer. After being promoted to the top as a pinch-hitter, Naren proved that he is no more effective with the bat. The eyes of the Windies cricketer in the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League, went well for KKR.
Strike rate: 168.34
4w / inn: 6
5w / inn: 1
The all-rounder has been a consistent performer for KKR, with a difference of several matches last season. Russell will be expected to make his presence felt, and maintain his shining reputation of being the match winner.
Highest: 88 not out
Strike Rate: 186.41
4w / inn: 1
The Australian fast bowler is set to represent his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL after signing a record amount of Rs 15.50 crore. Cummins will join the team in the UAE, representing the national team in the three-match T20 series against England, with no shortage of competitive action in the shortest format. However, the fast bowler may face a tough challenge on spin-friendly tracks, which the UAE will have to offer, which will surely be for the fast bowler.
4w / inn: 0
Strike Rate: 21.23
Other squad members: Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurni, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prisidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakraborty, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik .
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com
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