How Kolkata Knight Riders Went Weak This IPL 2018?
January 3, 2018
There were few big bidding wars for popular players and also for new images at this 2018 IPL auctions. All around seasons, the Kolkata Knight Riders stand to be one among the smartest teams at the auctions and have made the strongest squads. However, this season, Venky Mysore and the KKR management considered to have went with a various set of plan & strategy. KKR have been criticized for constructing a side that does not seem very formidable and have been named ‘careless’ for the way in which they have cost their wallet.
KKR were unable to do a side as bold as they have made in the previous season. Mysore’s tactics this time were a bit hard to know. They were not very happy about their budget and this impacted them as they had to summarise the side with fewer famous cricketers. They short of back-up options and a fitting contender to head the side.
However, the KKR squad, if analyzed, is a hard and a balanced team and a powerful sporting XI can be done from the squad.
The KKR team comprises Batsmen of Dinesh Karthik as Wicket-keeper, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa as Wicket-keeper, Nitish Rana, Apoorv Wankhade, and Rinku Singh
The KKR Bowlers name are Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Vinay Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Javon Searles and the All Rounders is Andre Russell
In place of Gautam Gambhir, it is ofcourse obvious that it will be the damaged pair of Chris Lynn & Sunil Narine who will start the KKR innings.
Further it is Robin Uthappa, who has been a significant role of the Knight Riders’ side ever since become a KKR family. Because of Manish Pandey & Gautam Gambhir will be not sporting this time, Uthappa should have to pick up main responsibility in what is impactly an inexperienced middle-order.
The Knight Riders should game 2 young uncapped batsmen, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana, at number 4 and 5. Gill is a very skilled cricketman and he is indeed one to look out for. His beautiful 100s in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup defending Pakistan, has already wowed several cricketing professionals. Rana inspired with his leadership over the past 2 seasons in the indian premiere league and would be daring to share this time too.
KKR have purchased an good wicket-keeper in Dinesh Karthik. He is a fair starter and will be batting at sixth place. The 7th spot will be booked for the ‘Big Man’ Andre Russell. His availability bolds the team in each aspect, be it batting, bowling or just fielding.
Falling next is Mitchell Starc, then by Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav & Vinay Kumar.
The playing XI appears proper. The KKR side has a right mix of experience and bud. They have Cameron Delport * Mitchell Johnson as backs-up for the international players, in case Starc / Lynn goes wounded. But, an assault for Uthappa or Karthik, can incurr lost to Knight Riders as they should fully depend on uncapped youngsters, that can give problems.
Incase there are injuries then indeed KKR is strong as Players like Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishank Jaggi and Javon Searles may be grounded.
KKR is to have a new captain this time; that concerns ignites more debate in the IPL surroundings. They have some capable contenders in Karthik, Uthappa & Vinay Kumar. Karthik is the most sought amongst them and therfore, should be their debut option. Beyond that, KKR may move for Uthappa as he has tied with the team for the past 10 years and awares how the team works.
Thus the Knight Riders’ isn’t as think as it has been done out to be. The side surely has the capable to achieve the league and the dual-time champions will belive that they can make only that and repeat history.