Where they finished in IPL 2020:
The Kolkata Knight Riders finished fifth after spending most of their season in the top four.
They started the season well, but a late-season stumble pushed them down to fifth below Sunrisers Hyderabad.
A major cause in their elimination was a poor net-run rate damaged in a game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the Kolkata Knight Riders were bowled out for 85.
The main reason behind the side’s struggle was the form of two crucial overseas players.
The Kolkata Knight Riders’ success has been reflected in Sunil Narine’s and Andre Russel’s performances in the previous seasons.
However, neither player could find consistency in IPL 2020 and had issues of their own.
Sunil Narine had to correct his action mid-way, and Russel suffered an injury that dented their performance.
The captain also changed mid-season, with Morgan taking over from Dinesh Karthik.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have a stable top-order with Shubman Gill as their opener.
He is likely to be paired with Rahul Tripathi, who did a good job but was shuffled a lot in the line-up.
The side has Nitish Rana at number three, and a lot depends on how he performs after recovering from Covid-19 recently.
The strong suit for the Kolkata Knight Riders is their middle-order.
They boast explosive batsman like Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russel, and maybe Sunil Narine for this season.
Shakib Al Hasan’s purchase could also add to the middle-orders strength if they decide to play him in place of Sunil Narine.
Along with a strong batting line-up, the Kolkata Knight Riders have an explosive set of backup players like Tim Seifert and Ben Cutting.
They purchased Gurkeerat Mann Singh and Karun Nair to add to their Indian talent.
The Knight Riders bowling has always been one of their more vital aspects, and the spin department is a specific highlight for the side.
With the first three games in Chennai, Varun Chakravarthy will have a crucial role to play on his home ground.
He broke into the scene last season and made a huge impact.
Along with Chakravarthy, the Kolkata Knight Riders have Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, and Kuldeep Yadav to pick as the remaining spinners.
They also have senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has played in Chennai during the 2019 season.
Moving to the pace attack is another area that contains immense talent.
The names included will be tough to pick from, with Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson likely to fight for the new ball.
After an impressive debut, Prasidh Krishna may have booked his place in the side while Kamlesh Nagarkoti fills in as the third seamer.
The Knight Riders bowling attack is among the best in the league and contains multiple options.
Player to Watch out For:
The skiddy pacer recently made his debut for India and looked very impressive in the recently concluded one-day series.
He picked up crucial wickets in his second and third spells and has also been a vital part of the Kolkata Knight Riders over the last few seasons.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti is another young seamer who can touch high speeds and impressed in under-19 Cricket.
Like Krishna, Nagarkoti has been in the Knight Riders for a while, but injuries prevented him from making an appearance up until 2020.
He spends a lot of his time talking to Pat Cummins, who also struggled with injuries at the start of his career.
After a suitable IPL 2020, Kamlesh Nagarkoti could get some more game time in the upcoming season.
- Shubman Gill
- Rahul Tripathi
- Nitish Rana
- Shakib Al Hasan/ Sunil Narine
- Eoin Morgan (c)
- Dinesh Karthik (wk)
- Andre Russel
- Pat Cummins
- Kamlesh Nagarkoti
- Varun Chakravarthy
- Prahidh Krishna