With Baz at the helm, Kolkata Knight Riders would want to play a unique brand of attacking cricket for which their coach is known for. With the world cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan, in their ranks, DK would have his work cut out in terms of leading the team on and off the field.
Apart from Pat Cummins, the fast bowling line-up is very inexperienced. The performance of Kuldeep Yadav will have a major impact in the final results for KKR.
Highlights of the KKR Team:
Who are the Top Buys:
1. Pat Cummins: The big Australian fish might not like the placid tracks of UAE clubbed with excruciating heat. But he will have to keep himself fit and devoid of injuries to give KKR amazing starts with new ball and economical overs at the death.
2. Eoin Morgan: A leader whose style of playing is similar to the new head coach of KKR. Along with DK & Dre-Russ, they form a frightening lower middle order for KKR.
3. Tom Banton: He might not get as many games as he would like but he would need to replicate his form of International cricket whenever he is given an opportunity at the top of the order.
4. Varun Chakravarthy: Its time he proves his price tag for his new franchise. His last season was marred by injuries but he would want to stay away from those and come in limelight through powerful performances on the turning tracks in UAE.
Newbies on the Block:
Tom Banton is one of the rising stars of English cricket. He would want to create a similar impact like the one which Chrish Lynn had at the top of the order.
He was the captain of Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2020. With his changed action he could be a back up to Narine and also bowl the tough powerplay overs for the team.
He would want to replicate his performance of 2017 for Pune SuperGiants in this year's IPL. He will be floater in the strong batting line up of KKR along with Nitish Rana.
The GAME changers:
He is touted to be the future of Indian cricket. With Lynn gone, Gill will get more chances this season at his preferred opening slot where has a better strike rate as well.
If he can give KKR solid starts along with Narine, the team can post huge totals or chase daunting targets.
He is a nightmare for the bowlers and as his KKR mentor has said, he has the ability to socre a double hundred in the shorter format.
The tag of being the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL auction comes with a lot of expectations. All eyes will be on the lanky fast bowler to play crucial role for KKR.
There are more such match winner such as Dinesh Kartik, Eoin Morgan, and Sunil Narine.
If the pitches in the UAE support the attacking mindset of the KKR team, KKR have a good chance of qualifying for the playoffs. But I still feel they will end up failing at the final hurdle and finish outside the top-4.
What do you think?