IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders Team Preview & Most Probable XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most favorite franchise cricket team in Indian Premier League. It represents the city Kolkata and the most important reason why this team has a huge fan following is that it is owned by King of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan. The Kolkata Knight Riders have faced so many ups and downs in the past seasons of Indian Premier League. They have won twice under the captainship of Gautam Gambhir, who changed the fortune of this team and shown realistic character on the field with his tremendous winning strategies. In The IPL 2018 auction, Kolkata Knight Riders got a big blow on the head, when Gautam Gambhir decided not to continue with KKR as he wants to play for Delhi Daredevils.
At the time of the auction, KKR was the only franchise which ended without any captaincy candidate, if we compare with other seven teams in the auction. Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t have the captain when they picked that site and now they went with Dinesh Karthik who is in a tremendous form. But, the challenge would be for him is he is totally new to the team. If we see the Kolkata Knight Rider’s team, they’ve built their team around Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc and Andre Russell. If they all are playing then it will make a huge difference in terms of performance, but if one of them got injured then it will be very difficult for KKR. Jusbuzz.com will be providing the list of players bought by KKR in 2018 IPL auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Robin Uthappa (Vice Captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sunil Narine(WI), Andre Russell(WI), Chris Lynn(AUS), Mitchell Starc(AUS), Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson(AUS), Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran(SA)., Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport(SA), Javon Searles(WI).
Key Players in Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
- Dinesh Karthik (Captain)
- Sunil Narine (Bowler)
- Andre Russell (All-rounder)
- Chris Lynn (Batsman)
- Kuldeep Yadav (Bowler)
Support staff for KKR: Jacques Kallis (head coach), Simon Katich (assistant coach)
Probable Playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Tom Curran/ Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav.