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IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders aim to match Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings dominance

Kolkata Knight Riders, Who Won The IPL Title In 2012 And 2014, Will Be Aiming To Match Mumbai Indians' And Chennai Super Kings' Tally Of Three Titles.

By : Siddharth Vishwanathan | Updated on: 18 Mar 2019, 02:32:18 PM
Kolkata Knight Riders will be determined to match the success of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in the 2019 edition. (Image credit: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders will be determined to match the success of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in the 2019 edition. (Image credit: Twitter)

highlights

  • KKR won the IPL title in 2012 and 2014.
  • Dinesh Karthik is the captain of the KKR side.
  • Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies T20 skipper, is in the KKR squad.

New Delhi:

From a rough start in the first three editions of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders are now the top teams in this competition. Under Gautam Gambhir, they registered a renaissance in their fortunes and they hit jackpot in 2012 when they won the title defeating the Chennai Super Kings in their own turf at Chepauk. More glory followed in 2014 with a win over Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore but since then, they have made it to the play-offs only to lose key moments and crash out in either the qualifier or in the eliminator. The side will have a new captain in Dinesh Karthik and he will be determined to put up a good show in this competition in order to enhance his chances of playing in the Indian cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The squad has a settled look and with match-winners like Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the squad, the side are not short of power hitters. The injuries to Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have thinned the bowling line-up but they have back-up in Sandeep Warrier, the Kerala pacer who was in great form in the domestic season and KC Cariappa, the mystery spinner. With the addition of Lockie Ferguson in the side, the pace department is also sorted. Carlos Brathwaite, who became ‘remember the name’ for hitting four sixes to help West Indies win the World T20 in 2016 against England at the Eden Gardens will be the star attraction in the side.

For 2019, the blueprint for KKR will be simple. Karthik’s side will be hoping to avoid buckling under pressure in the play-offs while they will be wanting to win more consistently against the Mumbai Indians, having won just five out of 21 encounters against them.

Kolkata Knight Riders squad

Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Nikhil Naik (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Anrich Nortje, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier

Kolkata Knight Riders back room staff

Head coach: Jacques Kallis

Assistant coach: Simon Katich

Mentor: Abhishek Nayar

Fast bowling coach: Omkar Salvi

Spin bowling coach: Carl Crowe

Physiotherapist: Andrew Leipus

Physical trainer: Adrian Le Roux

Data and video analyst: AR Srikkanth

Indian players to watch out

Dinesh Karthik: A lot will be riding on Karthik in this edition of the IPL. A great performance could see him pip Rishabh Pant for the back-up keeper’s slot for the 2019 World Cup while his position as a leader boosts his chances in the long run.

Nitish Rana: The youngster has made good progress for Delhi in the domestic circuit, getting elevation as the captain of the side in 2018 in the Ranji Trophy. A solid performance for Mumbai Indians in the 2017 IPL and another solid show could keep him in the hunt for a spot in the Indian cricket team after the end of the World Cup.

International players to watch out

Lockie Ferguson: He bowls in excess of 145 kmph. He is accurate and he could be New Zealand’s trump card in the World Cup. Ferguson will enjoy himself on the Eden wickets which have helped pacers in the past.

Carlos Brathwaite: He is the ultimate power-hitter, known for hitting more sixes than boundaries. Brathwaite will be hoping to give KKR the finishing boost and his smart bowling will be of great importance to the side in the middle overs.

Past record

2008: 6th

2009: Last

2010: 6th

2011: 4th (Eliminator)

2012: Champions

2013: 7th

2014: Champions

2015: 5th

2016: 4th (Eliminator)

2017: 3rd (2nd qualifier)

2018: 3rd (2nd qualifier)

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First Published : 18 Mar 2019, 02:31:44 PM