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Team Profile, Kolkata Knight Riders: Onus On Pat Cummins To Justify Price Tag




Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are one of the fashionable franchises within the Indian Premier League (IPL). KKR’s journey within the IPL over twelve editions can greatest be described as emotional and unpredictable. The franchise did not make it to the playoffs within the first three editions leading to a variety of hue and cry. They then accomplished an emotional turnaround led by Gautam Gambhir, profitable the league within the 2012 and 2014 editions. However, the trophy has eluded them since then with KKR’s unpredictability on present final season. The franchise misplaced six matches in a row after profitable 4 of their first 5 matches, to complete fifth on the desk in IPL 2019.

KKR will look to finish their barren run and carry the trophy as soon as once more, having splurged Rs 15.5 crore for Australian all-rounder Pat Cummins. England skipper Eoin Morgan and rising wicket-keeper batsman Tom Banton have additional joined the squad. The followers will probably be optimistic of a turnaround in fortunes, with some fireworks from all-rounder Andre Russell.

Key gamers:

Dinesh Karthik

The KKR skipper is likely one of the most skilled wicketkeeper-batsmen on the market. Karthik has developed a repute of being a nice finisher within the shortest format, upping the ante following the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in 2018. The cricketer was not too long ago within the information, after stating that MS Dhoni’s No.7 jersey must be retired by the BCCI as a mark of respect to the previous Team India skipper.

IPL Record:

Matches: 182

Runs: 3654

Highest: 97 not out

Strike fee: 129.80

Catches: 109

Stumpings: 30

Eoin Morgan

The English cricketer is a particularly progressive participant, along with his audacious strokeplay making it tough for opposition bowlers. Morgan makes a return to KKR having represented the franchise from 2011 to 2013, and can improve the power of the middle-order.

IPL Record:

Matches: 52

Runs: 854

Highest: 66

Strike fee: 121.13

Catches: 24

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine initially made his mark in IPL for KKR with the ball, rising as a prime performer. Narine additional proved that he’s as impactful if no more with the bat, after being promoted to the highest of the order as a pinch-hitter. The Windies cricketer’s eye-catching performances within the 2020 version of the Caribbean Premier League, additional augur properly for KKR.

IPL Record:

Matches: 110

Runs: 771

Highest: 75

Strike fee: 168.34

Catches: 17

Wickets: 122

Best: 5/19

4w/inn: 6

5w/inn: 1

Econ: 6.67

Andre Russell

The all-rounder has been a constant performer for KKR, along with his big-hitting making the distinction in a number of matches final season. Russell will probably be anticipated to make his presence felt, and preserve his glowing repute of being a match-winner.

IPL Record:

Matches: 64

Runs: 1400

Highest: 88 not out

Strike fee: 186.41

Catches: 21

Wickets: 55

Best: 4/20

4w/inn: 1

Econ: 8.88

Pat Cummins

The Australian pacer is about to make a comeback to the IPL representing his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, after being signed for a report sum of Rs 15.50 crores. Cummins will be a part of the squad within the UAE, having represented the nationwide crew in a three-match T20I collection in opposition to England making certain no dearth of aggressive motion within the shortest format. However, the quick bowler might face a stern problem on the spin-friendly tracks that the UAE has to supply, which the pacer will definitely be up for.

IPL Record:

Matches: 16

Wickets: 17

Best: 2/20 

4w/inn: 0

Strike fee: 21.23

Econ: 8.29

Catches: 2

Promoted

Other members of the squad: Shubman Gill, Siddesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik.

Note: All stats courtesy iplt20.com

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