In the Tata IPL 2022, what can fans anticipate from the Kolkata Knight Riders

Here’s an in-depth look at the Kolkata team ahead of the 2018 Indian Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday (March 26). This season, the Knights will be led by a new captain after two very contrasting days at the super auction.

KKR made a significant deal in the auction with the inform Shreyas Iyer. The Knights paid a record Rs. 12.25 crores for their future skipper and designated Iyer captain shortly after the auction. To kick off the season, KKR will face defending champions Chennai Super Kings in a must-see match on Saturday.

KKR will look to win their third IPL trophy after releasing both former captains, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik, and appointing a new captain. KKR won the glitzy tournament in 2012 and 2014.

  • Strengths

Iyer, a crucial component of the current Indian squad, will be one of the Knights’ most significant players. He will be the Knights’ main strength, with his deep vein of form and experience as a team leader in the IPL. Prior to joining KKR, Iyer coached Delhi Capitals to their first playoff appearance since 2012 in 2019 and to their first final in 2020.

Iyer left the Capitals after Rishabh Pant was announced as the team’s full-time captain. Furthermore, the dazzling batsman has been a significant element of India’s team in all formats, and his present form and desire to show himself as a skipper will benefit the Knights greatly.

The Knights also have a formidable middle order, with players like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings, and Pat Cummins, whom they repurchased at the auction.

Match-winners, guys with that X-factor who can turn games around on their own, abound in the KKR squad. Venkatesh Iyer will be expected to deliver once again at the top, Sunil Narine can always be relied on for all-round contributions, Andre Russell can be devastating if fit, and Varun Chakaravarthy’s mysterious spin is a valuable asset.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, may be the most valuable member of this group. He was instrumental in the Delhi Capitals’ resurgence as captain, and he will be expected to motivate his new squad as well. As a middle-of-the-order batter, he’ll be responsible for the majority of the scoring and serve as the glue that holds everything together.

  • Weaknesses

The absence of young Indian talent in a tournament like the IPL is a blindspot. The middle order, with the exception of Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana, is thin on the ground. Rinku Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, and Pratham Singh are names that do not inspire trust. If we look at the top of the lineup, Alex Hales would have been a fantastic choice; but, replacing him with the ineffective Aaron Finch may not be the best option.

Furthermore, the presence of Test specialists like as Ajnkya Rahane, who was purchased late on auction day, is evidence that he may spend his evenings on the bench. Umesh Yadav joins the team as a mentor. Tim Southee and Mohammed Nabi, two senior foreign players, are no longer in their prime.

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