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Kolkata Knight Riders represent the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The Kolkata-based based unit play their home games at the Eden Gardens.

The Knight Riders are one of the most successful teams in the history of the league. They are one of the only three teams to have won the IPL title more than once. They won their maiden title in 2012 by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. Two years later, they repeated the feat by beating Kings XI Punjab. They also held the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s. They had won 14 consecutive games.

Initial struggle:
Kolkata Knight Riders had a tough start to the league. Despite having Sourav Ganguly, one of India's most decorated skipper, as skipper and having players like Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Ricky Ponting and Umar Gul in the first season, they failed to fire. They finished sixth in the eight-team tournament after winning six of the 14 games.

In the next season, their fortunes did not improve. In fact, they ended up with the wooden spoon after managing a total of just 3 wins through the entire season. The season was marred with several controversies most notably the one associated with the captaincy. Head coach John Buchanan had proposed the idea of appointing different captains but it had backfired.

In 2010, Ganguly was the lone captain and the franchise did reasonably well. They finished sixth in the table after winning 7 of 14 games.
The rise and transformation to a powerhouse:
After three dismal seasons, Kolkata Knight Riders took some big decisions ahead of the auction for the fourth season in 2011. Sourav Ganguly was released and was not bought in the auction. The big decision led to protest rallies, signature campaigns throughout the state.

KKR, however, were hell-bent to improve their fortunes and took some bold calls. They appointed Gautam Gambhir as the captain after buying him for a record-breaking $2.4 million. Hard-hitting Yusuf Pathan was also picked up for a whopping $2.1 million. Some other notable names bought were Shakib Al Hasan, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan and James Pattinson.

The big calls immediately paid off as the Kolkata Knight Riders finished third in the league after winning 8 of the 14 games. They also qualified for the Champions League T20 but exited the tournament at the group stage after winning two and losing as many.

In 2012, they eventually won their maiden IPL title by beating Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in the final. The successful season was followed by a poor outing in 2013. The defending champions could win only 6 of their 14 leagues and end seventh in the tournament.

The Kolkata-based franchise, however, bounced back in style in 2014 and went on to defeat Kings XI Punjab in the final to win the title. The win made them only the second team after Chennai Super Kings to win the title twice. They had also made it to the final of the Champions League T20 but had lost the title-decider against Chennai Super Kings.

In the following three years, KKR ended in the top half of the table but could not go all the way or make it to the final. In the last season, they made it to the second qualifier where they lost to eventual winners Mumbai Indians.

Kolkata Knight Rider's Home ground:
Kolkata Knight Riders play their home games at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The famous stadium is owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal and is the largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of over 90,000.

In 2011, the stadium was renovated to meet the standards set by the ICC for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. As a result, the seating capacity was reduced to around 68,000.

In 2013, the Knight Riders played two of their home games at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.
Team motto, logo design and jersey colour of KKR:
The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will perform, fight and win!). The logo has a "knight" with his Viking helmet armor & the shield embosses with the words "Kolkata Knight Riders".

The team's primary colours are purple and gold.

Season-wise performance of Kolkata Knight Riders:

Year
Indian Premier League
Champions League T20

2008
League stage
Cancelled (DNQ)

2009
League stage
DNQ

2010
League stage
DNQ

2011
Playoffs
Group stage

2012
Champions
Group stage

2013
League stage
DNQ

2014
Champions
Runners-up

2015
League stage
Tournament defunct

Year
Indian Premier League

2016
Playoffs

2017
Playoffs

(DNQ = Did Not Qualify , TBD = To Be Decided)

2018 auction:
Kolkata Knight Riders have earned a reputation of assembling well-balanced squads every year. And just like the previous seasons, they did not go all out in this year's auction and cautiously went for some choicest of players. Prior to the auction, they had dropped a huge bombshell by not retaining their talismanic skipper Gautam Gambhir who had led them to two IPL titles. Instead, they had retained the West Indian duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.

KKR entered the auction with a purse of Rs 59 crore and ended up splurging the entire amount to buy only 17 players. They broke the bank on their ex-opener Chris Lynn with Rs 9.6 crores to secure his services. In addition, they secured the services of Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell Johnson to build a squad that is more than capable of challenging for the title.

Kolkata Knight Riders kept the nucleus of the side by buying Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, and Kuldeep Yadav. They also bought India Under 19 fast-bowling sensation Kamlesh Nagarkoti and batting star Shubman Gill.

Current squad of Kolkata Knight Riders :

Andre Russell

Sunil Narine

Mitchell Starc

Chris Lynn

Dinesh Karthik (c)

Robin Uthappa

Mitchell Johnson

Piyush Chawla

Kuldeep Yadav

Shubman Gill

Ishank Jaggi

Kamlesh Nagarkotti

Nitish Rana

Vinay Kumar

Apoorv Wankhade

Rinku Singh

Shivam Mavi

Cameron Delport

Javon Searles

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KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021
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IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update

IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, and Injury Update of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 31st match of the Indian Premier League, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Monday.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore are back in action and will be looking to continue from where they left off in the first half of IPL 2021. With a couple of changes in their squad, the Royal Challengers have a nice balance to their side. They are placed at 3rd position in the points table with five wins and two defeats in seven matches.

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders are hanging on 7th place in the points table as they won only two matches, the Eoin Morgan-led side suffered 38 runs defeat when both teams met in Chennai in the first phase of the tournament and will be hoping to bounce back and level the score in the ongoing season.

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 20th Sep,  at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

The pitch of Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is beneficial for batsmen with pacers making the most of their talents in the second innings. The winners of the toss should bat first.

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

KKR:  Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

RCB:  Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, W Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Top Picks for KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

KKR

Nitish Rana was in decent form in the first half of the Indian T20 league, and is the highest run-scorer for the Kolkata side this season, having amassed 201 runs in 7 innings at an average of close to 30.

Andre Russell will be a top captaincy option in this match. the Caribbean all-rounder has been inconsistent for the most part of 2021 in T20 cricket but his record against RCB is tremendous. He has smashed 339 runs at an average of 48.43 while striking at 215.92 and also picked 7 wickets.

Shubman Gill the opener of KKR has scored only 132 runs at an average of 18.85. However, he was excellent in the UAE last year when he got 440 runs in the last season.

Sunil Narine can be a good option for vice-captain in this match. the mystery spinner was in top form with the ball in the CPL 2021 where he took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 4.37. He can also score some quick runs with the bat.

Varun Chakravarthy could be an effective bowling option in your fantasy team. the leg-break spinner has been very impressive in the last couple of seasons. he picked 17 wickets in 2020 has taken 7 in 2021.

RCB

Virat Kohli has had a scratchy year so far. he hasn’t really been consistent across all formats. In the first phase of IPL, the skipper has mustered 198 runs in 7 games at a strike rate of 121.47. but he is a quality player and can be backed.

Glenn Maxwell the Australian all-rounder is the most run-scorer for RCB so far in IPL 2021, he has scored 223 runs in 6 innings with a strike rate of 144.8. can be an effective pick among the betters.

AB de Villiers was in brilliant form in the first half of the IPL 2021. The South African superstar amassed 207 runs at an average of 51,75. Moreover, he has a strike rate of 164.28. he will be a good option for the Vice-captain option.

Harshal Patel the right-arm pacer is the leading wicket-taker in Phase 1 of IPL 2021. He has picked 17 wickets in 7 matches but he was a little bit expensive with the ball.

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Nitish Rana  64 runs 29, 2, 30, 13, 4
Sunil Narine    72 runs + 6 wickets 46, 88, 70, 62, 81
Andre Russell    79 runs + 7 wickets 99, 52, 95, 73, 95
Virat Kohli 132 runs 18, 100, 13, 18, 56
AB de Villiers   158 runs 117, 12, 8, 134, 15
Harshal Patel   31 runs + 10 wickets 68, 79, 77, 54, 40

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain – AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli

Vice-Captain – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper–  AB de Villiers (c)

Batsmen–  Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill

All Rounders–  Andre Russell (vc), Sunil Narine, Shahbaz Ahmed

Bowlers–  Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal

IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper–  Dinesh Karthik

Batsmen–  Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli (c)

All Rounders–  Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (vc), Shahbaz Ahmed

Bowlers–  Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal

IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction

KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

Royal Challengers Bangalore are expected to win this match of IPL 2021.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
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John Buchanan Was Very High-Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep: Salman Butt

Salman Butt has raised an objection to the “glorifying” of World Cup-winning coach John Buchanan. Salman Butt, who played under John Buchanan during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008, said the Australian was a ‘high-tech’ man who used to bore his players to sleep during team meetings.

John Buchanan was the head coach of the legendary Ricky Ponting-led Australian team that won three consecutive World Cups from 1999 to 2007. However, his contributions were always in question, with many believing that he simply inherited a great team. At KKR, his “multiple captaincy” strategy courted a lot of criticism, and he was ousted in 2009 after the team failed to perform as expected.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt: John Buchanan Was Very High Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep

Salman Butt said John Buchanan wasn’t successful in any other coaching assignments since the Australians would have won even without a coach.

“John Buchanan was a very high-tech coach. He used to have long meetings. I have also run teams and I am not a fan of such long meetings where players fall asleep. Players used to fall asleep in his meetings and he’s been part of a lot of coaching projects around the world but none were successful. “

John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images
John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images

“The Australian team was a massive side, it wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t have a coach at all. Australian players have written the same in their books as well. He was a decent man but the glorifying of his coaching [is wrong]. Give any coach such players and the results will be similar,” Salman Butt remarked on his YouTube channel.

While Ricky Ponting once commended John Buchanan for his contributions to the team, players like Shane Warne were often dismissive of his convoluted coaching style. Former Australian coach John Buchanan trained the Australian side from 1999 to 2007, this was also the period when the side won three World Cups. Not just this, Australia also won the Champions Trophy and a couple of Ashes.

Salman Butt played under John Buchanan’s tutelage during his only year in the IPL. He was a part of seven matches, scoring 193 runs at an average of 27.57. KKR, despite starting the inaugural game with a bang, finished sixth in the points table that season.

Salman Butt Spoke Highly of Sourav Ganguly

“He was a good captain, there’s no doubt about that, he captained India very well. He’s very soft spoken, keeps the team with utmost care and a brilliant player too. I have a lot of respect for him. No, no, he was not at all strict. I have played with him, against him and under his captaincy as well, he was never strict,” concluded Salman Butt.

Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP
Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP

KKR finished sixth, eighth, and sixth in the first three editions of the IPL since its inception in 2008. Sourav Ganguly was an icon player for the franchise being a local lad, which resulted in fans outraging when he was left out. Gautam Gambhir replaced Sourav Ganguly, and under his leadership, the results began to improve. KKR won the tournament in 2012 and 2014, beating CSK and KXIP in the respective finals.

The left-handed batsman from Kolkata debuted for Team India in 1992. Sourav Ganguly was adjudged as the skipper for the Indian side after the match-fixing fiasco in 2000. His cricketing career spanned 16 years.

In the 2011 IPL auctions, Sourav Ganguly was released by the KKR franchise and went unsold in the auction to the surprise of many. However, Ganguly was bought by Sahara-owned Pune Warriors after Ashish Nehra injured his finger during the 2011 World Cup and was unavailable for the tournament. Also missing for them was the 2011 World Cup Man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh, who was diagnosed with cancer and went to the USA for treatment.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Pat Cummins Will Be Unavailable For The Remainder Of IPL 2021 At UAE

Pat Cummins who has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the world in the last few years, will not be available for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be staged in UAE without giving any reason behind the move.

Pat Cummins was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Pat Cummins Picked 9 Scalps In 7 Games Besides Scoring 91 Runs In IPL 2021

It was back to purple and gold for pacer Pat Cummins who picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2020.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

The resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL)was given yet another blow after reports emerged that Australian pacer Pat Cummins would not be heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take part in the remaining matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR).

Pat Cummins And David Warmer Could Be Rested From West Indies Tour Due To Family Reasons

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Pat Cummins had already made it clear that he would not be taking part in the remaining matches of the IPL. However, no reason was given behind his decision.

“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons – others could follow after a draining year in several bubbles – and Cummins, despite a multimillion-dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season,” stated the report.

SRH handed over the captaincy reins to Kane Williamson after suffering defeats in five of their six matches under David Warner’s leadership. However, the move did not yield immediate dividends as the Orange Army was handed a 55-run drubbing by the Rajasthan Royals. With Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson in good form, SRH did not have any other option but to leave David Warner out of their playing XI.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

The suspended 14th edition of the IPL is likely to be played in UAE in the September 15 to October 15 window with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looking at a 25-day window for the cash-rich league. The BCCI on Saturday announced it will complete the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE.

The decision has come after Ashley Giles, managing director of the England men’s team, had said that the ECB is not planning to change their schedule for the IPL. The remaining matches of the IPL would most likely be played between September 15 and October 15 window. Australia will tour West Indies for 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs in July, followed by a five-match T20I series against Bangladesh away in August.

While Australia does not have any bilateral commitments in the September-October window, Cricket Australia faces a tough call to decide whether it should leave players ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. After England made its players unavailable for IPL 2021 Phase 2 and New Zealand playing bilateral series, Australian players could also be unavailable with KKR’s Pat Cummins all but certain to not return for the UAE leg.

Lockie Ferguson, Eoin Morgan
Lockie Ferguson, Eoin Morgan
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Kolkata Knight Riders Should Look At Lockie Ferguson Whether It Is At The Expense Of Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins Or Even Sunil Narine, Says Ajit Agarkar

Ajit Agarkar, a former Indian pace bowler has asked the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) think-tank to fix their playing XI as quickly as possible in order to avoid another embarrassing defeat in the remaining games in the ongoing IPL 2021. The Kolkata franchise lost to Rajasthan Royals by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, with South African pace bowler Chris Morris destroying the middle order, taking four wickets.

Against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), KKR managed to score only 133 for nine in their 20 overs after batting first. KKR has batsmen – Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Jackson, and Tim Seifert – warming the bench as the side-eye changes in the games to follow.

Ajit Agarkar Image Credits: Twitter/@ICC
Ajit Agarkar Image Credits: Twitter/@ICC

Ajit Agarkar: KKR Should Look At Lockie Ferguson Even At The Expense Of Skipper Eoin Morgan

Lockie Ferguson was drafted into the KKR setup in 2019 after representing Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 where he picked 3 scalps in 4 outings. He now has 11 wickets in 14 IPL matches. He was drafted into the KKR set up in 2019 and played just five games. In 2020 too he played 5 games and took 6 wickets that included a 3-wicket haul.

“For a batting line-up which is full of talent, full of ability, they’re just not playing well enough. You could excuse a couple of pitches in Chennai and say ‘Oh, those were tough wickets maybe and that’s why they didn’t get their rhythm ‘, but here (in Mumbai) you’ve got no excuse,” opined Ajit Agarkar, who has 288 wickets in One-day Internationals.

“Maybe this wasn’t a 200-run pitch but sure they (KKR) have enough talent to get to 160, which then almost becomes a match-winning total,” said Ajit Agarkar.

“And if you take my opinion, they should take a look at someone like Lockie Ferguson to come into the playing XI, whether it is at the expense of an Eoin Morgan or Pat Cummins or a Sunil Narine. He’s someone who’ll win you games on these pitches.”said Ajit Agarkar.

Lockie Ferguson | BCCI/IPL
Lockie Ferguson | BCCI/IPL

Questions have been growing among KKR fans to bring in the New Zealand tearaway bowler who has 69 ODI wickets (37 matches) and 24 T20I scalps (13 matches).

“Lockie Ferguson, when he came into that team last season in the UAE, you could see he provided something different to the bowling attack. He had a lot of raw pace and wicket-taking ability. As good as their (KKR) seamers are, I can’t see them blowing teams away. Ferguson, on his day, has that ability,” opined Ajit Agarkar.

Skipper Eoin Morgan has scored only 45 runs averaging a pathetic 9 in 5 IPL games in 2021. This is in stark contrast to IPL 2020 where he amassed 418 runs in 14 games averaging 41.8. His strike rate was also much better.

So, the probability for him to skip a few matches remains on the cards as it will be interesting to see the playing XI that Kolkata fields in the next game against Punjab Kings at Ahmedabad with only a few cricketers certain to retain the place in playing XI. Ajit Agarkar had played 27 IPL games for KKR and picked 18 scalps. The pacer Ajit Agarkar also picked 11 scalps in 15 games for Delhi in IPL.

Dale Steyn: KKR’s Strategies Haven’t Worked For Them After First Game Victory Against SRH

After shifting their base to Ahmedabad, Eoin Morgan & Co. will be desperate for a win and would like to make a couple of changes to their playing XI before facing KL Rahul’s PBKS tonight.  It’s has been a difficult season for KKR as they have won just one out of five games this season and are placed at the bottom of the points table.

Asked if KKR’s decision-making was an issue and if it was affecting the players, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn said, “In the first (IPL) game they played (this season), they had some amazing strategy. Since then, some of the strategies and plans haven’t come off and now players wonder what their role is.

“With KKR, we’ve seen a lot of different kinds of strategies, a lot of different tactics and out-of-the-box thinking. And it hasn’t quite worked for them since the first game. It’s strange, some of the decisions they have been making,” said Steyn.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

Dale Steyn was all for drastic changes in the team, like sending Sunil Narine to open the batting in place of a struggling Shubman Gill, or “adopting the bold strategy” of dropping Pat Cummins and bringing in Lockie Ferguson for a game or two “to see if there is any kind of difference he can make”.

KKR has a player like Gurkeerat Singh Mann in their arsenal who can revive the middle order. Since Shubman Gill hasn’t clicked yet, he can be replaced by Gurkeerat Singh Mann. The Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is likely to return and may replace Sunil Narine against PBKS.

KKR predicted XI vs PBKS: Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Deep Dasgupta : Confidence In KKR Camp Is At An All Time Low

Deep Dasgupta has suggested that confidence in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) camp is at an all-time low, following another defeat in IPL 2021. KKR has now lost four games on the bounce and is currently at the bottom of the league standings.

The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Rajasthan Royals last night. They scored only 133 runs while batting first at the Wankhede Stadium, a low total given the smooth nature of the wicket in Mumbai.

Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: KKR’s Body Language Suggested The Mentality Of The Team

Deep Dasgupta highlighted that KKR’s body language in the field suggested where they are as a team.

“Their body language tells you the confidence level which is obviously low when you have lost 4 games on the bounce it can be high.You can understand what they are going through and that’s why it is imperative that the dressing room environment is looked into so that they are happy, not too worried, making sure that they are in a better mental space.”

“The missed catches, misfields just tells you that they need a pick me up. This current situation is not easy for them.” Deep Dasgupta said on Sports Today.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

“The tournament is far from over, they need to win quite a few from here on, but they are very much in the race. It’s way too early to lose heart, and I’m sure they won’t lose heart. They are a good side and have the experience as well,”

One of the most followed franchises in the cricket world, KKR is now at the eighth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. Their worst performance in tournament history came in 2009 when they finished last in the edition that was played in South Africa. Two-time IPL champions KKR won both their trophies under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. Under Dinesh Karthik, they last qualified for the playoffs in 2018.

Deep Dasgupta: All Players Want To Do Well For The Franchise

KKR’s top order came under the scanner as they only put up 24 runs in the powerplay against the Rajasthan Royals. Deep Dasgupta dispelled doubts about KKR players not being interested enough as he highlighted how many things are at stake based on players’ IPL performances.

“I don’t think they are disinterested, that’s being too harsh on them. All of them want to do well for the franchise, themselves, for their individual future because a lot is at stake for the Indian and international players here.”

Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
Nitish Rana Image Source: IPL

The former India wicketkeeper further added: “Someone like Shubman, he would want to be there for the Indian side at the T20 World Cup. Varun Chakravarthy missed out on his international debut because of his injury, Nitish Rana was extremely close to making the national team as well. There is a lot at stake for the Indians here. It’s not just about the tournament, it’s about their future as well.” Dasgupta told Sports Today

KKR will be in action next on April 26 when they square off against the Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad. Eoin Morgan’s men ended the Mumbai leg without a win and the skipper will hope that their fortunes change with a switch in the venue. Despite four consecutive defeats in the IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief mentor David Hussey has revealed the team morale remains high and the players are confident of turning things around.

KKR started the tournament with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai. However, the side then went on to suffer a hat-trick of defeats against Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). On Saturday, they lost to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets after yet another disappointing outing as a batting unit.

Nitish Rana is their leading run-scorer and 6th overall with 186 runs in 5 matches while Rahul Tripathi has managed 127 runs followed by Andre Russell (108 runs). Andre Russell is the leading wicket-taker with 7 scalps to his name.

 

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders
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Every Captain Is Different: Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan doesn’t want the word “authority” to be associated with a captain. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper believes it is more important for him to gain the trust of his teammates than trying to stamp his authority on his fellow teammates.

In a video released by the franchise ahead of their fourth game of the season, the 2019 World Cup-winning skipper likened the word “authority” to war movies, saying it makes him laugh when someone associates it with cricket. The England skipper added that he will try to be a good leader who can simply ‘guide’ his players in the right direction.

Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik| Photo – IPL |

Eoin Morgan: Every Captain Is Different And To Be The Best One Has To Build Trust

Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik revealed his thought process before handing over the KKR captaincy to Eoin Morgan mid-way through the last season of IPL held at UAE. Asked what was playing on his mind before he decided to hand over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captaincy to Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik said he wanted to give a fair chance to the England international.

Eoin Morgan Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI
Eoin Morgan. Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

“Every captain is different. The best version of myself is just to be myself. And I operate in a certain way. When the word “authority” is associated with a captain, it makes me laugh. Because it makes me feel like we are watching a war movie or doing something with guns. We play a non-contact sport. So you don’t need to stamp your authority. You need to build trust, be a good leader. If you can do that then that allows you to impart the knowledge to guide the team and that’s what I’ll be trying to do,” said Eoin Morgan.

Eoin Morgan’s KKR placed 5th in the points table after 3 games

With 1 win and 2 losses, KKR are placed 5th in the points table so far in ongoing IPL 2021. They started their campaign on a winning note by defending 188 against Sunrisers Hyderabad win ning by 10 runs. However, since then, their middle-order problems have come to the fore and resulted in back-to-back losses against Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The much-vaunted trio of Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell are yet to win them a game with the bat this season. Shakib Al Hasan, who was expected to provide more stability with the bat, hasn’t fired either. Questions have also been raised about some of Eoin Morgan’s on-field tactics.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

As seen last season, poor starts in the tournament can leave franchises under too much pressure during the final games of the league stage. KKR would like to shrug off the inconsistency and build on the promise of their leader’s words when they take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a 38-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL) match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday on the back of explosive half-centuries from RCB’s Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. Glenn Maxwell made a 49-ball 78, his second fifty of the season, while AB de Villiers clubbed an unbeaten 34-ball 76.

Against Mumbai Indians, chasing 153 for the win, KKR were cruising nicely at 104 for 2 in the 13th over and were looking like the more likely side to win. The equation came down to 31 off the final five overs with all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell at the crease. However, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult bowled brilliantly at the death to win it for Mumbai as the last 3 overs saw only 11 runs with 2 wickets.

Defending a target of 188 for victory, KKR restricted SRH to 177 for 5 in 20 overs to win the match and collect 2 important points from their campaign opener in Chennai. The win was Kolkata Knight Rider’s 100th in the IPL.

KKR Predicted XI vs CSK: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson/ Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh/ Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav/ Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.

Sunil Narine (KKR) ©BCCI/IPL
Sunil Narine (KKR) ©BCCI/IPL
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Brendon McCullum : Sunil Narine To Come Under KKR’s Calculations Soon

Brendon McCullum, KKR head coach said that Sunil Narine will be back in the scheme of things very soon. West Indies spinner Sunil Narine is yet to feature in IPL 2021 for Kolkata Knight Riders.

The right-arm bowler has been a regular member of the side but ever since he was forced to correct his action to prevent sanctions for bowling with an ‘illegal action’, he just hasn’t been the same. Heading into his ninth season, Sunil Narine faces some heat for inclusion in playing XI as KKR seemed to have got his back-up in the form of Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan
Sunil Narine & Shakib Al Hasan (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum: Sunil Narine Certainly Comes Into KKR’s Calculations

A few seasons back, Sunil Narine became an even more important cog of the side when he was promoted up the order to open the batting and provide an explosive start. The gamble failed more often than not. In IPL 2020 in the UAE, Sunil Narine only played 10 matches, unlike the scenario where he’d be playing all the matches. He scored 120 runs and picked 5 wickets.

Brendon McCullum leads Kolkata Knight Riders' warm-up session BCCI
Brendon McCullum leads Kolkata Knight Riders’ warm-up session BCCI

KKR head coach Brendon McCullum, after his wards suffered a 38-run defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on Sunday, said that Sunil Narine will be back in the scheme of things very soon. He also revealed that he was not fit and now that their first combination didn’t produce the goods, the management is likely to field fresh legs for the Mumbai leg.

“Sunil Narine stood on the rope before our first game which means he has had an injury where he was not 100 per cent fit. He certainly comes into our calculations, he was touch and go for this game against RCB but we opted for Shakib who has been good for us and he gives us an extra bit of batting. After three games, the guys have played well, we have not got the results, we probably would need some fresh legs for slightly different wickets in Mumbai,” said Brendon McCullum.

KKR on Sunday failed to chase 205. They got off to a strong start when Varun Chakravarthy picked up two wickets in one over of the first innings. Then, Glenn Maxwell (78) helped RCB motor on with excellent innings in the middle overs. The finishing touch was provided by AB de Villiers’ remarkable 76 as RCB surged to 204/4 in 20 overs.

In response, KKR opener Shubman Gill started off well with a blistering cameo of 21 before being sent back by a brilliant diving catch from Dan Christian. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi scored 25 and 18, respectively but failed to convert their starts.

Yuzvendra Chahal, who hadn’t picked up a single wicket this season, bagged two in as many overs to further dent KKR’s hopes. Eoin Morgan’s 29, Shakib Al Hasan’s 26, and Andre Russell’s 31 went in vain as KKR lost by 38 runs.

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

“In the past, we have not been made to plan much as Maxwell has not been in top form but it appears, he has come this year with a really refreshed attitude. He is taking the game on, we have seen him being successful in the Big Bash and Australia. He took the game away from us in a crunch situation but if we had our time again, we would have tried few different things,” said Brendon McCullum.

Varun Chakravarthy and Eoin Morgan Image Source : PTI
Varun Chakravarthy and Eoin Morgan Image Source : PTI
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Eoin Morgan : Move To Save Varun Chakravarthy To Bowl Later Didn’t Work Out

Eoin Morgan, KKR skipper saved his best spinner on the day, Varun Chakravarthy, for later but the move didn’t work out as well as he would have liked.

After Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a 38-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL) match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, there was one thing everyone wanted to know which is the reason why Eoin Morgan didn’t give Varun Chakravarthy a second over upfront after the spinner picked up two wickets in one over.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

Eoin Morgan: Needed To Have Varun Chakravarthy An Option To Bowl Some Overs To AB de Villiers

Speaking to the broadcasters after the match, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan revealed why he didn’t do the one thing everyone would have expected him to do.

When asked whether he should have given Chakravarthy another over, Morgan said: “Probably not to be honest. Glenn Maxwell is a fine player, but he’s not the wrongly destructive player like we saw today. Having one or two overs up our sleeve to bowl to AB de Villiers, you obviously need to have that [option]. Obviously, we have our strength and depth and every side in this competition as well. So, you need to have that plan past just one player.”

Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers
Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Brendon McCullum, KKR head coach tried to justify skipper Eoin Morgan’s decision of not giving that fourth over of RCB innings to Varun Chakravarthy (his 2nd over) but added that in retrospect the leg-spinner should have bowled that over. Captain Eoin Morgan not persisting with Varun Chakravarthy even when the leg-spinner struck twice in his very first over to rock Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) early surprised many.

Eoin Morgan Tried To Save Varun Chakravarthy For Late Overs But The Move Didn’t Work Out As Planned

Eoin Morgan tried to save his best spinner on the day for later but the move didn’t work out. Varun Chakravarthy was brought back on in the eighth over, by the time Glenn Maxwell had settled in and was batting on 30 off 19 balls. He ended up conceding 14 runs from that over.

Eoin Morgan reintroduced his spinner in the 13th over when AB de Villiers was only two balls old at the crease. Even though he gave away five runs, he failed to threaten Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers.

Eoin Morgan Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI
Eoin Morgan
Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

Varun Chakravarthy bowled his final over in the 15th over of RCB’s innings giving away two fours to AB de Villiers and one six to Glenn Maxwell. In total, he conceded 17 runs and finished with figures of 2/39 in four overs. RCB, with this win, continues to sit pretty at the top of the points table and for the first time in their history, they have won the first three games of a season.

Other KKR spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan leaked runs. While Harbhajan Singh conceded 38 runs in 4 overs, Shakib Al Hasan was expensive as he conceded 24 runs in 2 overs. But Andre Russell who picked 5 wickets in the previous match conceded as much as 38 runs in 2 overs which hurt KKR the most. The last 3 overs saw 56 runs as KKR bowlers bore the assault of AB de Villiers.

Andre Russell celebrates a wicket - BCCI/IPL
Andre Russell celebrates a wicket - BCCI/IPL
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Andre Russell’s Lack Of Fitness Gives KKR A Bad Look, Says Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan, former England skipper said that managing Andre Russell is a tricky job, as he can be a match-winner on his day, but his lack of fitness gives the team a bad look.

Needing 44 runs in the final two overs, Kolkata Knight Riders star-batsman Andre Russell decided not to take a single off Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj so that he can keep the strike. Andre Russell struggled to hit a boundary in the penultimate over, and could only muster one single on the final ball.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

Michael Vaughan: It’s A Bad Look For KKR Who Are Not Electric On Field Besides Having Andre Russell Struggling With His Body

It means KKR needed 43 to win in the final over, thus making the task an impossible one. KKR lost the IPL 2021 encounter by 38 runs. After the match, questions were raised on Andre Russell’s fitness, as the batsman did not try to run doubles in the 19th over.

During a discussion on Cricbuzz, former England captain Michael Vaughan said that managing Andre Russell is a tricky job, as he can be a match-winner on his day, but Michael Vaughan reckons that his lack of fitness gives the team a bad look.

“When you got player like Andre Russell, who has been a superstar, but on the field, when the ball is coming to him, he is always using his feet. He is obviously someone who cannot go down. It’s a very clever and careful aspect which Eoin Morgan will have to manage,” Michael Vaughan said.

“When he is at his best, he is great. But when you see him on the field, and when is bowling, he appears to be struggling. While batting he is not taking the twos. He needed to take the twos in the 19th over. Because you want him back on strike. Very difficult to manage for Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan,” Michael Vaughan added.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan
(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“I think in modern-day cricket, you need 9-10 players in a team who are absolutely agile on the field. But when you see KKR on the field, they don’t look electric. It’s a difficult one. How can you leave at Russell. But when you look at him on the field, and when he is bowling. it’s a bad look for the team when you got a player who is really struggling with his body,” Michael Vaughan signed off.

Andre Russell is known for his hitting abilities, but on Sunday, the all-rounder for the Caribbean failed to strike as KKR needed 44 off two overs to win, against RCB. He denied a single at the start of the penultimate over bowled by Mohammad Siraj and then did not get any boundaries in the over.

That meant KKR needed an impossible 43 to win in the final over. Eventually, the Shahrukh Khan-owned team lost the match by 38 runs, falling to their second defeat in this year’s tournament.

Andre Russell Struggled Again As KKR Lost 2 Games In A Row

Royal Challengers Bangalore ended their Chennai leg of IPL 2021 with a hat-trick of wins, beating Kolkata Knight Riders on the back of explosive half-centuries from Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. Glenn Maxwell made a 49-ball 78, his second fifty of the season, while AB de Villiers clubbed an unbeaten 34-ball 76.

Between them, they hit 18 fours and six sixes to take the Royal Challengers to 204 for 4 after Virat Kohli chose to bat in the afternoon game, and that total proved 38 runs too much for the Knight Riders.

Andre Russell
Kolkata Knight Riders cricketer Andre Russell. (Photo: AFP)

Andre Russell scored only 117 runs averaging a pathetic 13 in 10 IPL games in IPL 2020 besides picking 6 scalps. In IPL 2021, so far he has picked 6 scalps including a fiver averaging 14.16 and scored 45 runs averaging a dismal 15 at a substandard strike rate of 112.5 in stark contrast to IPL 2019 where he averaged 56.66 and his strike rate was a phenomenal 204.81.

Andre Russell muscled 31 off 20 balls at the back end, but the West Indian’s expensive bowling spell at the death – he conceded 38 runs in two overs – ended up as his more decisive contribution. Andre Russell was the highest scorer for KKR and the fifth-highest overall in IPL 2019 with an aggregate of 510 runs in 13 innings at a phenomenal strike rate of 204.81.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 204 for 4 (Maxwell 78, de Villiers 76*, Chakravarthy 2-39) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 166 for 8 (Russell 31, Jamieson 3-41, Harshal 2-17, Chahal 2-34) by 38 runs

Brian Lara David Gray/Reuters
Brian Lara David Gray/Reuters
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IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders Played Carelessly, Says Brian Lara

Brian Lara highlighted that the Kolkata Knight Riders team failed to adapt to the conditions in Chepauk as they imploded in a chase of an average total of 152 against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. KKR went from 104 for 3 to 142 for 7, losing the encounter by 10 runs.

Batting great Brian Lara expressed surprise at KKR’s approach in the middle-overs during their failed chase of a 153-run target against Mumbai Indians in Match 5 of Indian Premier League 2021 in Chennai on Tuesday.

IPL 2021: Brian Lara slams KKR batsmen for failing to chase low total  against Mumbai  Image Credit: PTI/IPL
IPL 2021: Brian Lara slams KKR batsmen for failing to chase low total  against Mumbai  Image Credit: PTI/IPL

Brian Lara: KKR Had To Play Sensible Cricket But Played Carelessly

Brian Lara said all Kolkata Knight Riders needed after a solid start from their openers (Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill) in the chase was a bit of “sensible cricket” but that the former champions paid the price for some careless cricket from their middle-order batsmen, including experienced players.

KKR were cruising at 103 for 3 in the 13th over and needed a little over run-a-ball from there to clinch their second successive win of the IPL 2021 season. With a well-set Nitish Rana and captain Eoin Morgan in the middle, KKR looked on course to complete the chase without any major hiccups.

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill IPL 2021 KKR vs MI. (Sportzpic)
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill IPL 2021 KKR vs MI. (Sportzpic)

However, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar ran through the KKR batting order, removing both Nitish Rana and Eoin Morgan after he dismissed opener Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi, who came in at No. 4.

It was surprising to see Eoin Morgan trying to attack the in-form spinner who was difficult to handle. Nitish Rana threw away his wicket while trying to step down and attack Rahul Chahar off the last delivery of his spell.

Once again KKR left-hander, Shakib Al Hasan, fell to a spinner who turned the ball into him as he holed out at deep mid-wicket against Krunal Pandya. The two Mumbai Indian spinners picked up 5 wickets between them while conceding just 40 runs in 8 overs.

“Mumbai Indians won it because they had the right bowlers at the right time,” Brian Lara told Star Sports.

“The pressure piled on. It’s a slow track. It’s not a track where you can walk in and play your shots. You have got to take your time. A 145 is the average score in Chepauk. You have got to take that into consideration,” Brian Lara said.

“You can’t be like ‘okay, we got a good start, let’s just steamroll this opposition’. You have got to play sensible cricket. You have got to see which bowlers are potent on this track and the spinners are.

“The leg-spinner getting left-handers out, that’s not normal. That’s supposed to be the right match-up for a batsman. But he got them all out because they played carelessly.”

MI continued to mount pressure on KKR as Krunal Pandya then got the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who was caught in the deep by Suryakumar Yadav in the 16th over. Krunal Pandya, to his credit, conceded just three runs in the 18th over, exerting pressure on KKR apart from 2 missed chances of Andre Russell.

Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled the penultimate over, then brought his wealth of experience in bowling the death overs into play and denied the duo of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik a chance to open their shoulders, giving away just 4 runs.

With 15 runs to defend, Trent Boult was given the responsibility to bowl the final over against the likes of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik and he delivered for the team, cleverly varying his pace as he scalped two wickets, including that of Andre Russell which helped MI seal a stunning 10-run win.

Brian Lara: Mumbai Indians Played Smart Cricket And Should Be Credited For Win

Biran Lara credited Rohit Sharma and his men for sticking to their bowling plans and taking the game down to the wire, saying it would have been a commendable effort from the 5-time champions even if they had lost the match towards the end.

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar Photo: © Twitter/@IPLd (Main Image)
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar Photo: © Twitter/@IPLd (Main Image)

Notably, captain Rohit Sharma brought himself on to bowl an over and nearly got the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan after overcoming a twisted ankle scare.

“Even Rohit’s over. He bowled an over where he got an under-edge. They played smart cricket. If even they had lost at the end, they played the best they could. Credit must be given to Mumbai for going out there and putting that plan together and taking it right down to the end,” Brian Lara added.

Having completed a hard-fought win, Mumbai Indians will be upbeat when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on April 17.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 152 all out (Suryakumar Yadav 56, Rohit Sharma 43, Andre Russell 5/15) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 142/7 (Nitish Rana 57, Shubman Gill 33, Rahul Chahar 4/27) by 10 runs

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