Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), one of the two franchises to have won the IPL twice, would again start as favorites in the forthcoming season of the cash-rich league, which commences April 5. Led by Gautam Gambhir, a dominant force in the side itself, Kolkata have delivered on almost all occasions in the past nine years.
Looking back, many won’t deny their dominance at home, having won most of their scheduled matches out there. Their squad; healthy, star-studded, talented and most importantly balanced – has exposed the weakness of every side they’ve come up against.
From head to toe, they’ve got matured individuals taking control of the game, playing with grace and authority. Any side which has more than two openers, as many number three batsmen and half a dozen match-winners is bound to be a threat to the opposition.
Their squad in the last three seasons hasn’t changed much. The core has remained the same. Plus point is the blend of youth and experience, something which many teams have lacked in the past nine years.
During the auction for the upcoming season, they pocketed two of the most lethal players in the world of cricket currently; New Zealand’s Trent Boult and England all-rounder Chris Woakes. To strengthen their death bowling, they also purchased Nathan Coulter-Nile, ex-Delhi Daredevils bowler.
Though, keeping aside all these things, they’ve got some issues to deal with. So let’s have a look at their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.