After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the playoffs last year, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will kick off their Indian Premier League campaign (IPL 2021) against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai. Led by Eoin Morgan, KKR has kept its core of players intact and also made key signings, reinforcing its area of concern. Morgan, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, if they are fit and available, are the pioneers to occupy the four away spots in the Game XI. The real fight in the squad is among the selection. Indian players, as the squad includes quality young players like Shubman Gill and Prasidh Krishna, both impressed when they came to India earlier this year. While Shubman Gill played a key role in winning the Indian Test Series Down Under, Krishna is bursting with confidence after impressing everyone in his debut series against England.
Here are the three KKR players to watch
Shubman Gill was KKR’s top batsman last year by a country mile, scoring 440 points in 14 matches. The responsibility for providing KKR with solid starts will fall once again on him. Gill was one of India’s most notable players in the test series against Australia, scoring points against a high quality bowling offense. Although he was the most productive batsman for KKR in the IPL last year, his strike rate often went under the scanner and fans hoped he beat with the same offensive flair he showed against. Australia to Gabba and instill fear among opposition bowlers.
Mystery stalker Varun Chakravarthy’s had a breakout season with KKR last year as he picked up 17 wickets in 13 outings, including a five wicket transport. After choosing wickets, he was able to create pressure on the opposition beaters in the middle of the passes, with his economic spells. Based on his heroic IPLs, Varun Chakravarthy won the T20I side’s national appeal twice, but was sidelined twice at the last moment. A late injury prevented him from boarding the flight to Australia, while the second setback came when he failed the fitness test. Determined to ignore these setbacks, Chakravarthy will certainly be the one KKR player to watch and the friendly Chennai track will certainly help him.
After the heights of the past few years, Russell has been far below expectations, with both bat and ball, in an injury-laden season in the UAE. The Greater Antillean was only able to collect 117 races and took only 6 wickets. However, every opposition is well aware of the destruction that a crisis and a Russell shot can cause on any given day and KKR would hope he would repeat the magic of 2019 where he scored 510 points at a staggering 204 hit rate. 81 and also chose. up to 11 counters.
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