Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2020

If there has been one team that has had great potential on paper each time they have taken the field but have not lived up to the expectations in most of the seasons in the Indian Premier League, then it has to be Kolkata Knight Riders. They had some really poor initial seasons before they finally won two titles in 2012 and 2014 under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. Since then, they have not managed to perform well in crucial moments and have been in search of another title win. In probably a desperate attempt to achieve that, they now have the most expensive foreign player signing in the history of IPL – Pat Cummins at Rs. 15.5 Cr. With many more heavyweight signings, the team does look solid on paper and in touching distance of winning the title if all goes well in IPL 2020.

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Team Record of KKR In IPL

Team Years M W L NR Win % Titles
MI 2008-2019 178 92 86 0 52.52 2

 

Last Year’s Performance

It would be fair to say that it was a one-man show by Andre Russell last time around for KKR with a superlative all-round performance throughout the tournament. He single-handedly won them multiple matches and was rightly awarded the MVP of last season. Since there was no mentionable support from other players, the team just could not lift their game to the next level. After three successive playoff qualifications, KKR could not manage to repeat it last year and finished 5th just below Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

What can we Expect from KKR in the 2020 season

KKR with their big-money signings will be hoping to fill the gaps in the team in IPL 2020. Both Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins bring a lot of experience to the table and exciting talents like Tom Banton and Varun Chakravarthy provide a certain edge to the team. Eoin Morgan is also being seen as someone who can bring more leadership to the team and support skipper Dinesh Karthik on that front. With all these players joining the retained set of talented players, there are high expectations from them to reach the final at the very least. 

Current Squad of Kolkata Knight Riders

The list of all players in KKR are:

  • Andre Russell
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Harry Gurney
  • Kamlesh Nagarkoti
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Nitish Rana
  • Prasidh Krishna
  • Rinku Singh
  • Sandeep Warrier
  • Shivam Mavi
  • Shubman Gill
  • Siddhesh Lad
  • Sunil Narine
  • Pat Cummins
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Varun Chakravarthy
  • Tom Banton
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Chris Green
  • M Siddharth and Nikhil Naik

Cricket lovers aiming to play IPL fantasy cricket league should keep in mind the inclusion of Pat Cummins and Tom Banton in the team. They will surely be among the favourite fantasy players of IPL.

Latest Acquisitions

KKR bought both of the most talked-about players before the auction – Pat Cummins and Tom Banton. For Cummins, they broke the bank and Banton was probably the steal of the day, which shows how they managed to balance it out in their overall auction strategy. Eoin Morgan brings in the much-needed stability in middle-order and Varun Chakravarthy will be expected to form a strong spin bowling partnership with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine. KKR bought veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe as well but the BCCI rule prevents him from playing IPL anymore since he played a foreign league – the T10 league in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

KKR has an incredibly strong team on paper and with many players under pressure to perform for various reasons; it would be interesting to see how they fare in the 13th edition of the IPL.

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