My beautiful friends
Hope you all are doing well
Cricket biggest, longest and one of the favourite tournament after world cup obviously is going on. A tournament where player from around the world gathering and playing together on their new teams with completely different people and atmosphere.
Today we are looking back to the Kolkata Knight Riders Journey in this season 10 of IPL .They have started pretty strong and was on the top of the points table until Mumbai Indians take over the position and settled there .
Kolkata Knight Riders has doing pretty great in every season of IPL after they remodeling their brand and made a brand new team and stick to it . After that they have won twice and every season they look pretty strong team to make it to playoffs . The have retained their core team and added some talent in their team . With Andre Russell a unparalleled member of this KKR team got ban for a year there was some thinking about KKR campaign this year . Andre Russell was providing the balance to KKR team in last few seasons so his ban was a set back for whole team .
But Kolkata Knight Riders try to fulfil the poistion of Andre Russell who was their main seamer upfront and hitter at the end of innings. They bought some amazing players like Trent Boult , Nathan Counternile like pace bowlers and Colin de Grandhomme like all rounders to give strength to their team .
So , let’s get know what was the reason for KKR success this year and some blunders as well which is showing at the back end of tournament .
Chris Lynn as Opener
This was a bold move as well as a blunder for KKR . They had a settled opening partnership which most team struggle to get in the form of Robin Uthappa and Captain Gautam Gambhir . This pair had played a major role in their last title win back in 2014 .
Chris Lynn was opening partner of Gautam Gambhir and he certainly does his job really well . They use Chris Lynn top of the order to give KKR a blistering start which was missing inrespecting of their great opening partnership combination . Chris Lynn played some sensational knocks top of the order including the fastest fifty of this IPL season 10 He scored a 50 in just 18 balls which is thia year fastest fifty till now .
Captain taking his team home
Gautam Gambhir good form continuing in this year IPL as well . With a good domestic season and ongoing IPl Gambhir is surely making his case strong for comeback in Indian Cricket Team ODI ‘s squad . Gautam is playing sensible innings and keeping one end tight to give other people chance to play own their own and win matches .
Young Leggie turning the matches sharply in favour of his teams
Right arm leg spinner aka China man bowler Kuldeep Yadav os doing really great job for this team . Keeping the score restricted or getting wickets and break a partnership Kuldeep is doing everything for his captain . He also is an important bowler in death bowling as well . You can see Gambhir throwing the ball to his most unexperienced bowler at difficult times and he delivers it for his captain .
Indian Batting Strength
Yes..KKR is the only team which has the privilege and can play all Indian Batting lineup in their team . It gives them choices to strengthen their bowling and all rounder lineup with foreign players .
Now came to blunders which is costing them matches at the back end of tournament . It’s not that this are big issues but certainly important .
Over reliable on Gauti – Robin
KKR batting lineup is over reliaing on Gambhir and Robin to take them home because of lack of performances from Indian Middle order . With No Andre Russell down the order and No Shakib Hasan as well . Their lower order is a little fragile at the moment .
Over reliaing on Sunil Narine
KKR has over reliaing on Narine to do all the work . With No pace bowling all rounder in the side they are forced to play with another seamer and that’s cost them a place of foreign player . Because of this they dropped Chris Lynn a specialist batsman and opening with Sunil Narine . It might be work as a good move in some matches for them but replacing a batsmen with a bowler top of the order doesn’t seem fitting well .
Having said all of these KKR is one of the side in the tournament which has balance in their team . With Surya kumar Yadav and other Indian batsmen seeming to get back in form KKR looking to get once again a place in playoffs place in this IPL season 10 as well .
That’s all for today . Until Next Time,
Stay Fit , Stay Healthy and Keep Playing
And Don’t forget to tune into Readers point .