Kolkata Knight Riders haven’t had a good IPL campaign for a couple of years now. In both 2019 and 2020, they failed to make it to the playoffs. But things are expected to be different this time, with the ICC Cricket World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan leading the team from the very beginning.
The Knight Riders have made some clever additions to their team, which includes the Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. They will start their campaign with a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who made the playoffs last season but couldn’t make it to the finals.
Hyderabad’s team was already a pretty solid unit, so whatever additions they have made at the auction table are simply to add to their depth, and not replace any first-team player.
As we saw in the inaugural encounter of IPL 2021, the Chennai track is not a completely bowling-friendly surface. It has enough purchase for the batsmen as well, provided they take their time to find their footing on the track.
Probable XI: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar/Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan/Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy