Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are one of the most popular sides in the cash-rich IPL. The team owned by Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan is amongst the most talked and successful franchises in the cricket world. They would be eager to emulate the success of their sister franchise Trinbago Knight Riders in the upcoming season of IPL who recently grabbed the coveted title of the Caribbean Premier League.
The team has some influential players who will prove to be the game-changers. However, a few players have been criticized for their uselessness in past seasons. Let us take a look at two strongest and two weakest players in the side.
Who are the strongest players in Kolkata Knight Riders?
Kolkata Knight Riders sent shockwaves in the auction when they bought Pat Cummins for a record sum. Additional signings of Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton gave them more strength in the batting department and ensured that they remain an enviable batting side. However, the most dangerous player will remain Andre Russell.
The Caribbean star in arguably the most dangerous T20 player ever and has the strength to destroy a team at any moment of time. Russell holds the record of having the highest strike rate (186) in the history of IPL.
The player won several games single-handedly last season and was inarguably the best player for KKR in the season. He maintained a strike rate of over 200 last seasons. Russell is also capable of taking wickets and has 55 wickets in his IPL career.
Last season Russell often lacked support in the middle order which resulted in several losses for KKR. However, the Knight Riders signed Eoin Morgan as a solution. The English skipper is one of the most skilled limited over batsmen ever to have played the game of cricket.
He brings steel to the middle order and his exceptional leadership skills make Kolkata Knight Riders stronger than ever. He along with Andre Russell will definitely be the two strongest players on the KKR roster.
Who Create the Weakest Links for the KKR side?
Sometimes fans fail to understand the logic behind a few players and what are they doing in a team. This particular scenario perfectly suits the case of Nikhil Naik. His inclusion in the team defies all the cricketing logic. Signed as a reserve wicket-keeper, Naik played a couple of games in the last season.
However, he failed to leave an impression in the season and was often ridiculed over his selection in the team. The availability of better wicket-keepers in the domestic circuit further confuses the fans over his selection.
The second player who is believed to be the weak link in the side is Varun Chakravarthy. The player who was the subject of a bidding war in the last season proved to be a hoax in the season. His entire last season with Kings XI Punjab was no better than a nightmare. Though Chakravarthy will look to defeat the demons of last season, the chances of redemption seem bleak.