Two-time IPL champions (2012 & 2014), but a side that has failed to convert good seasons into a title winning one in the last 7 years. IPL 2020 was a season of reflection for Kolkata Knight Riders, with mid-season captaincy change not making things easier. Eoin Morgan had a mixed bag as KKR skipper, brilliant individual shows but absence of key players made things complex. Inconsistent KKR made a late dash for playoffs qualification, but finished 5th on points table, level on points with RCB & SRH and missing out on a top 4 finish for the second consecutive season due to NRR.
Venky Mysore (KKR CEO) – after IPL 2021 auction
“These additions will help us and the squad we already had make Everyone was very proud. For the very first time, we have gone with full squad and lot of it has to be done with the fact that there is pandemic and a bubble. So, getting changes with the players won’t be that easy. Overall, most are happy” – Venky Mysore
SHUBMAN GILL IN IPL 2020
Young Shubman Gill benefitted from playing all games as an opener, showing his class & finishing as KKR’s top-scorer with 440 runs.
VARUN CHAKRAVARTHY IN IPL 2020
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy emerged as a surprise package last season, finishing as the team’s leading wicket-taker with 17 scalps.
TOP 3 BUYS IPL AUCTION 2021
The men in purple went into the auction to fill in the gaps and did well bringing in Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting and seasoned pro Harbhajan Singh among others.
- Shakib Al Hasan – 3.20 crore
- Ben Cutting – 75 Lakhs
- Harbhajan Singh – 2 crore
Foregin Player To Watch Out For
Shakib Al Hasan
Part of KKR’s championship winning side in 2012 and 2014, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will hope to repeat this feat ab=nd add some much-needed solidity to KKR’s middle-order.
BAT SR: 126.65
Indian Player To Watch Out For
Kuldeep Yadav will hope to turn the tide in IPL 2021 after experiencing back to back torrid campaigns, playing just 14 out of 28 games.
Young Player To Watch Out For
Part of India’s triumphant U-19 batch of 2018, speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti will hope to continue on the good work of last season & make up for time lost in the 2018 & 2019 editions due to injury.
IN IPL 2020
Eoin Morgan, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, Tim Seifert, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson, Venkatesh Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Pawan Negi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi
Kolkata Knight Riders have the right mix of experience and youth in their squad led by 2019 world cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan. Can 2021 turn out to be their year?
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