The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the heavyweights in the competition over the years.

They had constantly featured in the knockouts and playoffs as they garnered massive fan base.

However, the management have decided to build a new squad all together this time and they already announced Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik as their skipper for the upcoming season.

Here we look at the possible starting lineup for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sunil Narine

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Sunil Narine (Photo Source: ESPNcricinfo)

The mysterious spinner had upgraded himself into a devastating batsman in IPL last season. He managed to score the fastest fifty in IPL history and would once again look to repeat his heroics this year.

Chris Lynn

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Chris Lynn has said that he is hopeful of playing for KKR right from start

The Aussie was the talking point last season when he bashed bowlers all around the park mercilessly. He will once again join hands with Narine at the top to create havoc in powerplay overs.

Robin Uthappa


The veteran Indian cricketer has been a vital cog in KKR set up over the years. He will once again need to play a very crucial role in the middle order to ensure KKR makes progress to playoffs.

Dinesh Karthik (C)

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Karthik has been in the form of his life and had recently demonstrated in that famous final against Bangladesh. He will also test his luck out in captaincy for the first time in IPL and will have a major role this season.

Nitish Rana

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana

The youngster was one of the finds last season and Kolkata were all out to sign him in the auction. He had a wonderful season with Mumbai last year and will look to replicate his performances this season once again.

Shubman Gill

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Virat Kohli is my idol, says Shubman Gill. (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

The young U-19 Indian cricketer is definitely the one for the future. This season’s IPL will provide him the perfect platform to showcase his skills to both selectors and fans.

Andre Russell

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The forgotten Windies all rounder will be back in IPL to grace KKR colors once again this season. He missed last year due to ban that was imposed on him and KKR will be glad to welcome him back.

Kuldeep Yadav

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The youngster made a name for himself with Indian cricket team as his subtle variations and attacking lengths had yielded him plenty of wickets. He will be one of the key players in KKR set up this season.

Piyush Chawla

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Photo from BCCI

Chawla is a seasoned campaigner in IPL and has been in the Kolkata team for a very long time now. He will once again be key in the spin attack alongside Narine and Kuldeep.

Mitchell Johnson 

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The Aussie quick had been a sensational bowler over the seasons in IPL. With Starc getting injured, the veteran bowler has plenty to offer in a questionable pace attack.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

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India Vs Australia: Kamlesh Nagakoti is the bowler to watch out for. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The youngster had plenty of raw pace when we saw him in Under 19 world cup. But IPL is on a different level and will definitely test his skills against the best.

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