Two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are ready to begin their journey in the IPL 2021 as they will play against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai) this Sunday (11th April) night.
In the last two IPL seasons, KKR just failed to reach the playoffs, majorly due to their inconsistent performances which just affected their net run-rates. However, they are now ready to forget those seasons and make a fresh start in the IPL 2021.
IPL 2021, Match 3: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders (SRH vs KKR) – KKR Predicted Playing XI
Opener Shubman Gill was the leading run-scorer for KKR in the last season where he scored 440 runs in 14 matches. Recently, he also impressed in his early career in Test cricket, especially in the challenging Australia tour. In the IPL 2021, KKR will be dependable on his start.
In the IPL 2020, Rahul Tripathi struggled with the bat as he scored 230 runs in 11 matches. Later in domestic cricket, he majorly struggled but also scored a half-century as a middle-order batsman in his last List A game. He needs to prove himself in the early IPL 2021 to save his place.
Nitish Rana scored 352 runs in 14 matches during IPL 2020. Later, the Delhi batsman enjoyed domestic cricket, especially in the List A tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020/21 where he scored 398 runs in seven matches with an average of 66.33, including one century and two half-centuries.
Shakib Al Hasan
In the IPL 2021, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will have to fight with the Caribbean cricketer Sunil Narine for the crucial overseas spot in KKR. As Narine recently struggled with the ball, Shakib can earn the initial opportunity for the KKR in the IPL 2021.
Dinesh Karthik (wk)
In the middle of the IPL 2020, Dinesh Karthik stepped down from the captaincy role of the KKR team and he totally had a struggling season in that competition where he scored 169 runs in 14 matches. But then, he played a responsible role for Tamil Nadu to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21, where he scored 183 runs in six innings with a strike rate of 157.75.
Eoin Morgan (C)
In the IPL 2020, Eoin Morgan was the second most run-scorer for KKR as he scored 418 runs in 14 innings. In the middle of that tournament, the England limited-overs captain also took the leadership role for KKR. Though only claimed three wins (including one Super Over victory) out of seven matches under his captaincy, the cricket world knows very well that how better he is as a captain.
While the Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell was the Most Valuable Player in the IPL 2019 for his incredible all-round performances, he was totally in the opposite form in the complete IPL 2020 where he was mostly silent. After that, he only featured in the Lanka Premier League where he performed much better, especially he was consistent with the ball. KKR team management is hoping for Russell’s positive form in the IPL 2021.
Australian right-arm fast bowler Pat Cummins was the second most wicket-taker for KKR in the IPL 2020 but he got 12 wickets in 14 matches. Later, he was in good form in the home season, which obviously proves that KKR can expect stronger performances from him in the IPL 2021.
In the IPL 2021, Shivam Mavi got 9 wickets in eight matches. Later, in the domestic matches, he bowled some good spells, including claiming a four-fer in a List A game. The youngster has good ability but needs to prove himself in the IPL 2021.
KKR leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy was the most wicket-taker for his team in the IPL 2020 as he picked up 17 wickets in 13 games. But since then he hasn’t played a match yet due to his injury and personal reasons. But he is now ready to continue his service for the KKR in the IPL 2021.
In the IPL 2020, Prasidh Krishna got four wickets in six matches. While he got 10 wickets in seven matches during his IPL debut season in 2018, he has taken 18 wickets in 24 IPL matches. However, he is now a totally different pacer who recently made his ODI debut and bowled impressively in that complete home ODI series against England.