The two time IPL Champions, Kolkata Knight Riders would hope to keep up their winning form with yet another title in the cabinet this year. The Gambhir led side entered the playoffs last season at the fourth position on the table. They were ousted in the Eliminator match by the title winners Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Knights spent a total of 14.35 Crores at this year’s auction to bag some big names like Trent Boult and Chris Woakes givving themselves the much needed edge in fast bowling with the services of Morne Morkel and Andre Russell missing this year.
The Knight Riders will have the skipper Gautam Gambhir along with Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey wielding the willow at the top of the batting order. Surya Kumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib al-Hasan are expected to grant the firepower in the midddle order. Surya Kumar Yadav batted at a strike rate of 130 in the previous season. He has even been named the Vice- Captain of the squad with some pundits seeing him as the future skipper for the Knights.
Trent Boult, Chris Woakes and Sunil Narine consist most of the bowling department. The side has a winning look to it, with all senior players in great form. This maybe Kolkata’s year seeing the mix of both power and experience in the squad.
Kolkata Knight Riders will play their first match away against the Gujarat Lions at the SCA Stadium, Saurashtra on 7th April.
Best XI- Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Shakib-al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Trent Boult
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