The Kolkata Knight Riders, two-time champions of the IPL, had a disappointing season last year, finishing in seventh place. With a new management comprising head coach Chandrakant Pandit, bowling coach Bharat Arun, and captain Nitish Rana, can they deliver better results this year?
One of KKR’s strengths is their all-rounders. With players like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Hasan Ali, and Shardul Thakur, they have players who can be useful with both bat and ball. Additionally, they have players like Venkatesh Iyer, David Wiese, and Shakib Al Hasan who can play more than one role.
One area of concern for KKR is their unsettled look at the top. They are prone to using various opening combinations and may miss someone to anchor the innings.
The likes of Russell, Narine, and Venkatesh Iyer have the potential to single-handedly pull off a win. Then there’s the presence of some very hard hitters in Litton Das, David Wiese, Narayan Jagadeeshan, and Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
If their leading lights fail, KKR may lose direction. They also have too much dependence on individuals.
Nitish Rana, the captain, will be under the spotlight to see whether the added responsibility helps his batting. Apart from him, Shardul Thakur is very useful as a lower-order batter, and Andre Russell is always the key man.
New Players to Watch Out For
Players to watch out for include Litton Das, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batter who has been in excellent form in recent times, David Wiese, who is back in the IPL after seven long years, and Narayan Jagadeeshan, the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batter who can be an answer to KKR’s opening woes.
Regular skipper Shreyas Iyer is out with a back injury, and it is not clear when he will be available.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance in the 2023 IPL
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