With Australia’s tour of India over, the cricket fans across the country are now looking forward to the Indian Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders haven’t won the competition since their 2014 triumph and would be looking to win it this season.
KKR have one of the most balanced squads in the league with four all-rounders almost sure of starting every match. Dinesh Karthik would be looking to lead the side to an IPL title in season 12 of the IPL.
The Australian big-hitter scored 491 runs in 16 matches last season and is an excellent fielder as well making him a huge asset for the team. Joe Denly worth a crore rupees can come in for the Australian if needed during the tournament.
An automatic pick in the starting XI, Sunil Narine is one of the most dangerous spinners across the world and is useful with the bat as well. He scored 357 runs in 16 matches last seasons and also took 17 wickets, proving to be a true all-rounder.
The Karnataka batsman has been with the Kolkata-based franchise for a long time now and would have the responsibility of scoring some runs in the top order and grooming the likes of Shubhman Gill, Rinku Singh and Nikhil Naik as well.
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper was the top-scorer for the side last season with 497 runs in 16 matches and would be looking for a repeat performance this season.
Shubhman Gill/ Nikhil Naik
Kolkata had more than 6 crores left in purse at the end of the auction and experts suggest that they should have gone for a middle order batsman rather than saving the money. For now, Shubhman Gill and Nikhil Naik are expected to fight for the No.5 slot with Rinku Singh is also an option in this slot.
The West Indies all-rounder was bought for 5 crore rupees and it still looks like a bargain for KKR. He automatically fits into the starting XI with his abilities with the ball and the bat making him a sure-shot pick.
A powerful slogger of the ball and a good off spinner, Nitish Rana offers some unique abilities to the KKR squad.
13 wickets and 316 runs in just 16 matches last season adds another Carribean into the sure-shot starters for the Kolkata-based franchise. If Russel is unavailable, Anrich Nortje and Lockie Ferguson can provide a seam option in the starting XI.
The left-arm spinner adds a mystery option in KKR bowling attack. He has nailed down a place in the Indian starting XI and would be hoping to repeat last season’s performance of 17 wickets in 16 matches.
The veteran leggie is a sure starter with KKR light in the spin department. 14 wickets in 15 matches last season spelled a good season for him last year and he would be hoping for more of the same this season.
The young sensation is being tipped for a debut for the Indian team after the World Cup. A big swinger of the ball, Mavi took 5 wickets last season for KKR. Kamlesh Nagarkoti would be hoping for a chance in case Mavi fails to deliver or is unavailable during the course of the tournament. Prasidh Krishna is also a useful option with the ball.
*represents an overseas player