The 2-time champions will be padding up to launch a lightning attack on all 3 departments to try and win their 3rd title. They look strong on paper, but will the knights make it?
The presence of World-class all-rounders in the lineup adds strength and muscle to the team. And the depth of overseas players is excellent and it fortifies the middle order. Captain Dinesh Karthik leading from the front has a die-hard spirit and will look to grab every opportunity thrown his way.
A major setback is the availability of fewer spin option. To add to that, the already less number of Indian batsman in the lineup lacks International experience. KKR is too reliant on Rusell and Naraine to progress further onto top 4. Also, they don’t have a settled and tried combination for playing 11.
Trump card – Andre Russell
The hard hitting West Indian can make the ball disappear with ease. As KKR has already said they are considering to promote Russell up in the order, we can expect his fireworks sooner than the regular finishing role. His bowling is also no less than batting, which is a huge plus for KKR.
Last season performance :
- Position – 5th Position
- Most runs – Andre Russell
- Most wickets – Andre Russell
- Batsmen – Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi
- Wicketkeeper – Dinesh Karthik, Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik
- Allrounders – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Green, Shivam Mavi
- Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Ali Khan, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Manimaran Siddharth, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
- Coach – Brendon McCullum