Sunday, April 5, 2015

IPL 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders team Preview

IPL 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders team Preview
IPL 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the strong team in Indian Premier League with lifting title 2 times and they are getting into 2015 season as Defending Champions. KC Carappa was interesting buy by them in auction purchased for 2.6 crores.

Star Players: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Utthappa

Batting: With opening pair in the form of Gambhir and Robin Uthappa Kolkata Knight riders will have a steady and safe start. After Jacques Kallis middle order is Shakely though there are big hitters like Yousuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschathe. Surya Kumar Yadav is emerged as good finisher for KKR.

Bowling: Sunil Narine is trump card for KKR and they won many matches with the help of Sunil Narine. Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav have shown good momentum for them in 2014 season. Andrew Russel and Shakib ul Hasan are needy all rounders for the teams in Shorter format and KKR is using them correctly. They want to repeat 2014 again with IPL 2015.

Kolkata Knight Riders Retained squad - Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Patrick Cummins, Piyush Chawla, Ryan ten Doeschate,  Umesh Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Yusuf Pathan

Purchased Players - Johan Botha (replacement for James Neesham), Brad Hogg, Aditya Garhwal, Sumit Narwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Sheldon Jackson, Azhar Mahmood( replacement for Chris Lynn)

Team performance in previous seasons

Year stages position
 2008  Group Stage  6
 2009  Group Stage  8
 2010  Group Stage  6
 2011  Play offs  4
 2012  Champions  1
 2013  Group stage  7
 2014  Champions  1
 2015
 
KKR will play their 1st match against MI on April 8 in IPL 8.

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