Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

The Knights have made a decent squad and could be a play-off contender. They lack some quality in their batting department and they are not properly reinforced by their bench. Their leadership is decent and they have a very interesting squad.

Strongest XI :

Venkatesh Iyer

Ajinkya Rahane

Shreyas Iyer ©️

Nitish Rana

Sam Billings (wk)

Andre Russell

Pat Cummins

Sunil Narine

Shivam Mavi

Varun Chakravarthy

Umesh Yadav

They lack a bit of quality in their opening. Venkatesh Iyer has just played the one season and Ajinkya Rahane has seen better days. The middle order is great with Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana but Sam Billings does not have much IPL experience. Andre Russell is a proven game changer but his form is a bit erratic and injury concerns. Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine give good hitting options as well. Their spin department is excellent with the deadly duo in Sunil Narine and CV Varun ,Mohammad Nabi is also an option. Their pace is one to watch out for with plenty of options in Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Andre Russell, and Venkatesh Iyer. Tim Southee also gives a backup option. Overall, KKR could go far this season if they strike form. Shreyas Iyer is a proven leader and a long-term option.

Predicted finish - 5th

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