Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 4, 2012

Delhi duo up against each other

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Match facts

Thursday, April 5, Kolkata
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

They are team-mates, opening partners and friends, but on Thursday, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will knock gloves only at the toss, and will proceed to lead their respective IPL sides against each other. Personally, and internationally, if you were to take out Sehwag's ODI double-century, the duo has had an ordinary time of it. Gambhir hasn't scored a Test century in two years; Sehwag last managed one in November 2010. In that regard this could be a no-win situation: if they do really well as captains here, it won't make any difference to their current standing in international cricket, but failure will add up.

Sehwag's team, Delhi Daredevils, knows failure well from last year when they finished last. Kolkata Knight Riders' upswing under Gambhir, though, took them to the fourth spot. Daredevils, who have more ground to make, will have to do without Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner for the first few games, which will be a challenge. Knight Riders are more settled in that regard, and should start as favourites, especially given the home advantage of a traditionally tacky surface.

Players to watch

Australia may or may not be relieved at his absence in the Test series, but Knight Riders are sure elated with their new acquisition, the all-sorts fingerspinner from Trinidad, Sunil Narine. His economy-rate of under five and average of under 15 speak for themselves.

Daredevils have tapped the West Indies Twenty20 freelance market to their advantage too, acquiring the services of the explosive allrounder Andre Russell. Like with Narine, there is no point holding back Russell either.

2011 head-to-head

Knight Riders and Daredevils played each other just once last year. Manoj Tiwary's 61 off 47 balls took Knight Riders to 148. Daredevils never came to terms with the slowness of the Kotla surface, and lost by 17.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils and Knight Riders have played seven games against each other and the head-to-head record is 3-3. One game was abandoned.

    Quotes

    "I was not expecting to play against him in the very first match. That's the only game of cricket in my life, which I don't enjoy. This is a game where I can't handle it. Otherwise I would love this game. But this is what our job is. We have to be honest to our teams and make sure we do well for our teams, even though we are brothers. Hope a situation does not arise where I'm bowling the last over to him with 10-15 runs required. That's the only time when I think I would be thinking negative. Otherwise I will always have a challenge. I will be really happy if he scores a 50 or 100 and we go on to win the match."
    Daredevils' Irfan Pathan on the prospect of facing his brother, Knight Riders' Yusuf Pathan

    "This is the first time I have seen the vice-captain has been dropped after losing. Usually the captain is dropped after losing... I don't understand what made the selectors drop him… I don't know about him and what he feels, but if I were Gambhir then definitely I would have thought, 'You removed me from the vice-captaincy, and my goal is to win this IPL and prove a point.'"
    Wasim Akram, Knight Riders mentor, on Gautam Gambhir

    edited by Abhishek Purohit

    Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • on April 5, 2012, 17:03 GMT

      How can KKR leave out the best allrounder in World Cricket and the most consistent and inform player in their squad at the moment is beyond me...

      Once again Shakib on the bench.

    • on April 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT

      why dont they just abandon a game? Is this is a joke. 12 overs a side. Hope we see 5 over cricket soon! Wham bham, done! game over in 1 hr.

    • Sanchez50 on April 5, 2012, 16:40 GMT

      After a delayed start how many overs do u xpct frm d match?

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT

      As a Bowler Sakib is better choice den Narine or Whateva .. He kept his 19 avg in 58 match .. if u want a pure Match winner batsman... Sakib is There ... So why this doubt abt his position ? lolz KKR u blessed wit dis world No 1 All rounder ... Use it ..

    • Masum91 on April 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

      How it's possible? The comparison between Sakib and Narin. Sakib is a boss player.He is the best of BPL and Asia cup. But Narine?

    • Foysalsworld on April 5, 2012, 15:09 GMT

      There no doubt that shakib will be the no 1 choice in kkr team ..........................................................................

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

      Surely Sakib, Kallis, McCullum and Lee would be the best choice.

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

      McCallum's gonna rockzz today

    • on April 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

      oh god this rain will neva leave any ipl seasons match..

    • on April 5, 2012, 14:33 GMT

      Question: Why should KKR play Shakib? Answer: 1. Best all-rounder (Not for 1, not for 2; 3 years consecutive) 2. BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) man of the series. 3. Asia Cup performance. 4. T20 is about "in form" players rather than "star players". Shakib is an in form player no doubt. 5. He is an excellent fielder and we all know how important is that in T20. [There you go!!!]

    • on April 5, 2012, 17:03 GMT

      How can KKR leave out the best allrounder in World Cricket and the most consistent and inform player in their squad at the moment is beyond me...

      Once again Shakib on the bench.

    • on April 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT

      why dont they just abandon a game? Is this is a joke. 12 overs a side. Hope we see 5 over cricket soon! Wham bham, done! game over in 1 hr.

    • Sanchez50 on April 5, 2012, 16:40 GMT

      After a delayed start how many overs do u xpct frm d match?

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT

      As a Bowler Sakib is better choice den Narine or Whateva .. He kept his 19 avg in 58 match .. if u want a pure Match winner batsman... Sakib is There ... So why this doubt abt his position ? lolz KKR u blessed wit dis world No 1 All rounder ... Use it ..

    • Masum91 on April 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

      How it's possible? The comparison between Sakib and Narin. Sakib is a boss player.He is the best of BPL and Asia cup. But Narine?

    • Foysalsworld on April 5, 2012, 15:09 GMT

      There no doubt that shakib will be the no 1 choice in kkr team ..........................................................................

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

      Surely Sakib, Kallis, McCullum and Lee would be the best choice.

    • on April 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

      McCallum's gonna rockzz today

    • on April 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

      oh god this rain will neva leave any ipl seasons match..

    • on April 5, 2012, 14:33 GMT

      Question: Why should KKR play Shakib? Answer: 1. Best all-rounder (Not for 1, not for 2; 3 years consecutive) 2. BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) man of the series. 3. Asia Cup performance. 4. T20 is about "in form" players rather than "star players". Shakib is an in form player no doubt. 5. He is an excellent fielder and we all know how important is that in T20. [There you go!!!]

    • loki897 on April 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

      KKR: Brendon McCullum, Kallis, Gambir, Manoj, Shakib, Yusuf, Bhatia, Lee, Abudulllah, Unadakat, Sangwan/Ahmed. I don't prefer Balaji. I am saving Narine for later. By the way, If people are saying save narine for the knockouts why didn't he stay in west indies to torment Australia with Bishoo.

    • goruchagol on April 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT

      people picking narine over sakib, well, shakib is undoubtedly the best all rounder in world cricket and in superlative form. He performed well in high pressure matches and you cant just keep him out for some rookie

      also, if KKR wants, they can play doeschate so it wudnt be too bad an idea..considering that he plays instead of kallis of McCullum but thats unlikey

    • on April 5, 2012, 14:04 GMT

      Narine is better bowler than Shakib..

    • sbcool on April 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT

      in today's match most fan's take dd lightly but today dd will win.......... best of luck viruuuuuu yeh come on delhi

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

      there ar no com pair betwein sakib and narin sakib best inthe world.he have lot of experienced in cricket.about his bowl like a magic.he is best is best.tell first narian to make only one time best in the world.sakib keep that almost 3year.

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:51 GMT

      If Aaron Umesh and Agarkar will Play together(Irfan as an allrounder), DD will Definitely wins...

    • mamunalpha on April 5, 2012, 13:51 GMT

      If you can think defense, then Shakib, if you can think defence+aggressive, then Shakib, If you can think furious in bat and ball, then Shakib, who already proves his potentiality.

    • Kamrul_BD on April 5, 2012, 13:39 GMT

      Narine is a better bowler than Sakib no doubt..But we should not forget in T20 format a genuine all rounder is much more preferable than only a good bowler. We should also not forget that Sakib became Man of the tournament in two consecutive limited over tournament not for his batting only but for the bowling and extraordinary fielding also.So now it's KKR authority whom they will keep, the world best all rounder or a genuine spinner? I think they should go for Sakib.

    • FrenchCricketFan on April 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

      Sakib El Hasan is a batting allrounder. He was the key for that win against india in asia cup with his bat not for his balling. But narine is a genuine baller. So why people comparing thses two players who are different type ??? I think if KK chasing a big total sakib would be more handy than narin , otherwise narin's balling is better than sakib .

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT

      ten doeschate'S game is very important. hope KKR wins this time...

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:21 GMT

      Shakib Al Hasan should be the automatic choice.....KKR should mind it that He is the world best allrounder in any format even in KKR.

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

      gonna be a good contest...

    • LoveT20 on April 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT

      By the time KKR first few matches are completed, the player who everyone would mostly be talking about wont be Kallis or Lee or Shakib or McCallum or Yusuf or Gambhir...it would be NARINE!!! And yes, he's that good:)....so for all those who still aren't aware of how phenominal he is, sit back and relax in front of your tv and prepare yourself in the coming month for the Sunil Show:)

    • HowCow on April 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT

      Guys, what are you talikg about? Shakib must be in the team, the world no 1 ODI all rounder. Look at his recent performances, best player in the Asia Cup Tournament.

    • nitin.sinha89 on April 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

      You all keep making combinations of KKR but today DD will for sure. Dont forget Shewag if fires then nothing is left for other to do and also spinning track of Eden will help the Delhi spinners very well.

    • on April 5, 2012, 13:06 GMT

      EAGERLY WAITING TO SEE SHAKIB'S MAGIC!!

    • on April 5, 2012, 12:57 GMT

      Tendo should play.. I am a big fan of him. He is the best choice in middle order and I think Balaji can bowl better than Unadkat.

    • Bruisers on April 5, 2012, 12:46 GMT

      All those backing Shakib against Narine have to understand that Narine is probably the best T20 bowler right now.. He is a strike bowler as opposed to Shakib who only contains batsmen in this format.. However I feel both should be playing along with Iqbal Abdulla and that will form the best spin attack in IPL...

    • djshafik on April 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

      I think Start spin in 1st over to Sakib al hasan,Its the advantage for KKR to take wicket early and find their way like as win. 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Laxmi Shukla, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Sarabjit Ladda, 10 Ikbal Abdullah 11 Jaydev Unadkat

      I think this is the perfect team....

    • satish619chandar on April 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

      Shakib should be a automatic choice i think.. He is a all rounder.. Kallis, Shakib pick themselves.. The choice should be to pick two from Lee, Narine and McCullum.. KKR did have the Kallis-Bisla doing a decent job last time.. Plus, they got Gambhir and Yusuf too.. BUT, they already have a good spinning combo in Abdullah and Shakib.. Unless they need to have three spinners,they can save Narine for later stages and keep the mystery in his bowling unknown for others.. The best foreigner combo for KKR would be, Kallis, Lee, Shakib and Tendo/McCullum.. Tendo did a wonderful job in CLT20 and will allow the top order to bat more free and not worry about collapse.. And, a all rounder too.. Why ignore him..

    • on April 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

      is ryan ten doeschate playing

    • on April 5, 2012, 12:15 GMT

      Comparing Narine with Shakib - you must be kidding me? FACT: Worlds NO1 Allrounder in both format for last 3 years VS. a new kid who had an ok start in T20. When the crunch time comes, nothing will beta class and experience.

    • on April 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

      I think Trevor Bayliss and Gautom both have good cricket head. They think well how to set the team combination of KKR.They have good overseas player. But in T20 you need good all rounder, who can bat and bowl well. As a cricket fan take time make your team.

      My Lineup: Mac,Kallis,Gambhir,Tiwari,Shakib,Pathan,Bhatia,Abdullah,Unadkat,Lee,Shukla\Balaji

    • on April 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

      KKR always select the wrong combination that reflect there result in previous tournaments. They should pick sakib instead of lee or narine.

    • i_love_dada on April 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

      @ Vishal53: You must be joking me if you think Ladda can play ahead of someone like Iqbal Abdulla. Abdulla will play even if Shakib plays and it would be mean 2 left arm spinners. Also your delhi line up is a little wrong. I dont think warner has returned from the Windies.

    • timtom on April 5, 2012, 11:49 GMT

      Hands down Delhi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rohon420 on April 5, 2012, 11:45 GMT

      Sunil Narine ahead of Shakib Al Hasan,now u've gt to be kidding me!!!! Advantage of Shakib is that he is in gr8 form plus he cn bat well too...To me,KKR should pick Ten Doeschete ahead of Kallis coz Kallis is nt an ideal T20 player,Ten Doeschete is!!!!! Plus the addition of McCullum is a huge plus point to KKR...

    • on April 5, 2012, 11:42 GMT

      bangladesh fans relax ..shakib will play today most probably...he is better than narine and is in a very good form so he will be the automatic choice..

    • LoveT20 on April 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT

      By the time KKR first few matches are completed, the player who everyone would mostly be talking about wont be Kallis or Lee or Shakib or McCallum or Yusuf or Gambhir...it would be NARINE!!! And yes, he's that good:)....so for all those who still aren't aware of how phenominal he is, sit back and relax in front of your tv and prepare yourself in the coming month for the Sunil Show:)

    • on April 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

      what ever bowler will select by the kkr in team but sehwag will smash any bowler so don t think about bowler it s better think about how to take wicket of sehwag? so get ready kkr u will see blisterring sehwag and his team perfromance they are rocking best of luck delhi daredevils and team

    • on April 5, 2012, 10:53 GMT

      You guys have got to be kidding me. Sunil Narine ahead of Shakib Al Hasan? In case KKR management has not seen this- Shakib Al Hasan was the Man of the series in BPL T20 tournament with 15 wickets @an average of 17 and 280 runs @an average of 40 and a mammoth strike rate of 140! In Asia cup also he was tremendous with a 100+ strike rate scoring 237 off 4 matches @59.25 average. But since T20 and ODIs are different, I'll take his BPL and last year's IPL form into account only. That too gives him an instant ticket for the playing 11. Stop overrating a Narine.

    • Shrigadi on April 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT

      IPL Best XI : 1. Sachin 2. Gayle 3. Virat 4. Raina 5. Kalis 6. Pollard 7. Mccullum 8. Shakib 9. D Sten 10. J Khan 11. Malinga

    • on April 5, 2012, 10:46 GMT

      We want to see Sakib Al Hasan play all KKR Match, he is the best player in the world

    • on April 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

      Shakib has the capability to be the man of the tournament in IPL 5. So KKR should give him the chance to prove it. Shakib need the chance to bowl in the right time of the innigs so that he can pick up the crucial wickets of the opponent team & he should bat at no 4. Use Shakib perfectly & he will make KKR champion in this season.

    • AdY113 on April 5, 2012, 10:22 GMT

      After Levi's performance yesterday and given Pollard , Franklin and Malinga stay fit is it safe to say Gibbs will serve the drinks throughout the tournament ?? Any news of him being included in the next match ??http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/content/current/story/559803.html#cmnt

    • vishal53 on April 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

      Delhi Daredevils (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 David Warner, 3 Naman Ojha (wk), 4 Venugopal Rao, 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Roelof van der Merwe, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Varun Aaron

    • vishal53 on April 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

      Kolkata Knight Riders (probable): 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Laxmi Shukla, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Sarabjit Ladda, 10 Lakshipathy Balaji, 11 Jaydev Unadkat

    • cricketcrazyyy on April 5, 2012, 9:41 GMT

      @ Adesh Mahabir: Yes it is right that Narine is very promising spinner.But Shakib is worlds best allrounder in test and ODI. Not only this, he was selected the man of the turnament in Asia cup and his batting strike rate was more than 100 and also picked up 6 wickets. Moreover he was the player of the turnament in BPL-T20 and his T-20 bowling economy rate is around 6.5. Is not it enough to get chance in the team? Isn't it enough?????? I think among 4 foreigner player shakib should get first chance in the starting XI.

    • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT

      People maybe wondering why people are talking about how good Shakib is. Its because they are scared if Shakib doesnt get selected in the team. I am a crazy Shakib fan. I honestly think if he does play every single game of the IPL then he will top the IPL wicket chart. But the worrying thing is about picking the overseas player slots for KKR. Should they pick the mysterious Narine, the fiery Lee or the matchwinner and usefulness of Shakib? I would say Shakib but KKR will probably think of something else.

    • Raiyan24r on April 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

      My 11:Mac,Gambhir,Kallis,Tiwari,Shakib,Pathan,Bhatia,Abdullah,Unadkat,Lee\Narine\de Lange,Shukla\Balaji.Besides,balaji is not good.

    • Romenevans on April 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaawwn! Half empty stadium in CSK MI match yesterday proved that this circus is just about to die.

    • Sas_Cricket on April 5, 2012, 8:52 GMT

      My Squad for KKR 1Gambhir,2kallis,3shakib,4shukla,5yusuf,6sunilnarine,7manojtiwary,8Sangwan,9abdulla,10unadkat11Mccullum

    • dariuscorny on April 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

      i hv been through the threads and saw everyone debating over inclusion of either Shakib or Narine.for me both are good.but,also some of u guys presentiing their list of probables to play today for KKR and I found one name there which annoyed me and that is Jaydev Unadkat.its better to select Shami Ahmed instead of selecting Unadkat.infact Cricinfo backed few domestic players to watch out.and he is amongst them.give him some oppurtunities

    • theswami on April 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT

      KKR: McCullum (wk),Gambhir, Kallis, M.Tiwary, S.al-Hasan, Y.Pathan, R.Bhatia, I.Abdullah, S.Narine, L.Balaji, J.Unadkat.

    • on April 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT

      DD : 1. Finch 2. Sehwag 3. Ojha 4. Venugopal 5. Pathan 6. van der Merwe 7. Russel 8. agarkar/ Nagar 9. Nadeem/ Salvi 10. Morkel 11. Umesh/ Varun Aaron if taylor is fit he can replace morkel & give way to umesh & aaron both

    • on April 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

      shakib must play of kkr .no compare sunil . he is not a good player

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

      And for DD: 1.Sehwag 2.Finch 3.U Chand (future V Kohli) 4.Rao 5.I Pathan 6.Naman Ojha 7.Russell 8.R vd Merwe 9.Yadav 10,Nadeem 11.M Morkel

    • usernames on April 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT

      KKR are my favorite team. I'd play this XI: McCullum, Gambhir, Kallis, Tiwary, Shakib, Tendo, Yusuf, Iqbal Abdullah, Balaji, Pradeep Sangwan, Shami Ahmed. They can't be too light on the batting as their bowling resources aren't all that great.

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT

      sunil narine?? stats are fooling you...

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:51 GMT

      well my XI for KKR: 1.Gambhir 2.Kallis 3.B Mac 4.Tiwary (actually surprised that nobody is talking about him) 5.Shakib al Hasan 6.Bisla (in case B mac dosent want to keep) 7.Bhatia 8.Abdulla 9. Lee 10.Balaji 11.Sangwan

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:47 GMT

      looking forward to see Sehwag, Umesh & Yusuf Pathan...!!!

    • punjabs on April 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT

      where are fantasy ipl teams ??

    • thedamnace on April 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT

      BRAD HODGE?????? is he on Rajasthan Royals?

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT

      DD 1).Virender Sehwag 2).Naman Ojha 3).Aaron Finch 4)Roelof van der Merwe 5).Venugopal Rao 6).Irfan Pathan 7).Andre Russell 8). Vikas Mishra 9).Umesh Yadav 10).Morne Morkel 11). Varun Aaron

    • GabbyAnn on April 5, 2012, 7:23 GMT

      KKR seems much balanced team in this season of IPL, but its a game of cricket, anyone can be a winner.......But am always with KKR.....All Da best KKR ! Sakib we hope to see some blast from U........

    • remnant on April 5, 2012, 7:19 GMT

      Brett Lee is so overrated and past his prime. He bleeds runs like anything. don't know why he is persisted. Just a look at his statistics over the last year would reiterate this point. Better if KKR go for the South African pacer inplace of Lee, and also utilize a spinner early in the innings.

      Anyone but Lee!

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT

      Only Mccullum can rock d show single handed for KKR

    • habeebkambar on April 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

      Delhi gonna rock today...! Its gambir vs sehwag

    • DAREGHOSTS on April 5, 2012, 7:09 GMT

      Why is der no fantasy did time??????can any1 plz answr 2 dis question......even d predictor game has also been removd......y is dis do???????plz sum1 tel me abr dis...

    • on April 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

      DD X1.. .1.Veeru,2.Ojha,3.Merwe,4.Finch,5.Rao,6.Irfan,7.Russel,8.Nagar,9.Morne,10.Yadav,11.Nadeem

    • on April 5, 2012, 6:56 GMT

      sunil narine must play he is better in these conditions than lee

    • on April 5, 2012, 6:51 GMT

      Зубаир Ахмед ...if u aint know who is sunil narine......then is better u go take up golf yes....sunil is one of the new mystery spin bowlers from the west indies....he earned respect in the champions league a few months ago.....man have an economy rate of 3.5 - 4 and over in 20/20 cricket and an average of 8 runs per wicket.....man is a boss...sure shakib is a much better player cuz of his allround capabilities....but jus the fact that sunil in kolkota side means they have a chance of keeping any opponent to a low total

    • ma_maglin on April 5, 2012, 6:41 GMT

      KKR: 1.Kallis 2.B.McCullam 3.Gamvir 4.Shakib 5.Tiwary 6. Pathan 7.Vatia 8.Lee 9.Abdullah 10.Balaji 11. Unadkat.... team combination is ok..4 batsman(kallis,Gambir,McCullam& Tiwary)3 allrounder(Shakib,Pathan& Rajat) & 4 bowler... no need sunil in this time...but if any prob in bowling side then we think but don't compare Shakib with sunil....bcoz sunil is new comer...Shakib is world no.1 allrounder...Shakib is now in good form, player of the series in BPL & asia cup... i hope Shakib is KKR 's automatic choise

    • on April 5, 2012, 6:21 GMT

      @knightrider96 your team has 5 overseas players - kallis, mccullum, shakib,narine n lee !!

    • Muyeen on April 5, 2012, 6:10 GMT

      @knightrider96 : can they play 5 overseas players?ur side has 5 overseas players... i think choice is between narine or lee depending on the pitch.

    • on April 5, 2012, 6:04 GMT

      btw,who is sunil narine?? how on earth he became more efficient than shakib??!! shakib is the best all rounder in all formats and sunil narine not even in the playing eleven!!! how ridiculous the people are!!!

    • satish619chandar on April 5, 2012, 5:59 GMT

      What is wrong with Wasim?? Gambhir is not dropped from Vice captaincy.. Nexttime Dhoni is not available, Sehwag or Gambhir WILL captain Indian team and not Virat Kohli.. It is just a grooming process for Virat.. If he wants a pep talk for his franchise captain, he could have picked out something better.. For a man of his stature, he could have avoided that here..

    • satish619chandar on April 5, 2012, 5:56 GMT

      KKR will be strong favorites with a Big stars missing in Delhi.. The form of Irfan is a positive sign for DD though.. Wish we have a competitive match ahead..

    • DJ_Priyank on April 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

      Being a Delhiite its disappointing to see Gambhir & Sehwag in opposite teams. Although I like Gauti more than Viru but my loyalty is still with Delhi. Just imagine if Delhi players were playing for their team the would have been like - Gauti, Viru, Kohli, Nehra, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma ..Wow ! Anyway, I'm sure KKR will win today's match as they have a very balanced team as compared to DD.

    • Indian_55 on April 5, 2012, 5:31 GMT

      Hope for a better & fierce competition... KKR should Win !!!

    • SHANEDAPPAL on April 5, 2012, 5:27 GMT

      my best eleven for my favorite team KKR is.....1).gambir 2).macclum 3).kallis 4).tiwari 5). pathan 6). shakib 7). battia 8). abdulla 9). balaji 10). bretlee/narine 11). shukla/udankat choice : when bretlee in udankad can rest, when narine in shikla can so there will be enough pace includes kallis battia and lot of spin tooo.... batting all them know there are so many...

    • on April 5, 2012, 5:25 GMT

      I am surprised no body is counting Ryan ten Doeschate in KKR eleven Considering his performance last year.I would certainly like to see him in the side over other fancy overseas player at-least in first few matches.

    • vvsquare on April 5, 2012, 5:20 GMT

      kkr strt favourites only bcoz d big guns of delhi r yet 2 arrive....bt still delhi r dangerous & Andre Russell & Irfan will play crucial roles...KKR we dont need 2 mention bt beware of the DELHI DASHER VIRU!!!!!!!!

    • anver777 on April 5, 2012, 5:18 GMT

      Surely its gonna be an interesting contest between them !!!!!!

    • on April 5, 2012, 5:17 GMT

      my point of view shakib even cann't make in eleven. we should justify all the comments of indian brothers. most of the comments against shakib.they have no respect for their neighbour. shakib could be the no 1 allrounder of odi and test cricket, he could be the man of the series of asia cup and bpl, he would play better cricket last ipl, but he cann't satisfy indian brothers. so don,t cry for shakib. he might be not in the team. everybody talk about sunil, i think they will think about ryan ten before shakib. if narine and ryan won,t deliver good like morgan did last ipl, then they will think about shakib.

    • Rahul_78 on April 5, 2012, 5:08 GMT

      MI has taken a very sensible decision in getting reed of captaincy burden from Sachin. Sachin has never been a great captain and being the best batsmen in the side and an icon and senior most pro it allows him freedom to do his own thing. A la DD should have done the same with Veeru. Veeru has been a street smart cricketer and a very instinctive captain but a tournament as long as IPL and with assembled squad of superstars and club cricketers you need more then that. You need a thinking leader and a good man manager. Sehwag doesnt come across as one neither does he looks hungry or has any point to prove. When you have a natural born leader like Mahela in your squad it is foolish not to utilize his services to the fullest.

    • on April 5, 2012, 5:02 GMT

      Am i missing something here ? why are all the stats and trivia about Brad Hodge, when he is part of the Rajasthan Royals ????

    • BangaloreB on April 5, 2012, 4:59 GMT

      @Hasan, are you sure you are talking about Andre Russell and not Andre Nel ?, He has played only 1 ODI, when Sunil Narine has played 10 ODIs.... LOL

    • knightrider96 on April 5, 2012, 4:32 GMT

      KKR should play Kallis, McCullum (wk), Gambhir, Tiwary, Pathan, Shakib, Abdulla, Bhatia, Narine, Lee, Balaji/Unadkat Kallis and McCullum will give KKR the big burst at the front. Gambhir can play at a generous S/R as seen in the T20 in SA. Tiwary has lots of potential. Pathan brings up the back with power Shakib is the best all-rounder in the world, can pick up wickets, can save a collapse and put runs on the board. Bhatia can bat well at the tail, and can give some handy overs of medium pace. Abdulla should be among purple-cap candidates, and handy batsman. Lee obvious. Balaji/Unadkat are both generous bowlers, lots of runs given away, but can strike as an opening unit with Lee. Narine is the wildcard here, obviously $700,000 is a lot of money, but I think Pathan, Abdulla and Shakib are enough spin. He is a definite talent, but could give way to ten Doeschate at some games. He isn't a sure pick, and has to make his mark quick if he wants to play every game. KKR contenders this year.

    • on April 5, 2012, 4:16 GMT

      My choice would definitely be Narine rather than Shakib.Narine's spin is enough to ecxcel against shakib's all round skill.

    • hasanbrri on April 5, 2012, 3:56 GMT

      Who is the hell Sunil Naryan?? Does he has vast international exposure??I think sunil is not suppose to compare with number 1 all-rounder in the globe..

    • fr600 on April 5, 2012, 3:54 GMT

      Everybody is complaining about Shakib I don't know why, he's not the one who should be compared with anybody. Well, if KKR doesn't make him play, I'm sure there will be no Shakib for KKR next year.

    • on April 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT

      To all Shakib fans: please do not advocate on Shakib's behalf. He is a talented player. If he does well in IPL, his performance will speak for itself and everyone will know. P.S. i am a fan of Shakib too but no use writing good things about him before the game is over......

    • on April 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT

      This season sakib should be automatic choice for kkr. Trust me guys!

    • on April 5, 2012, 2:39 GMT

      Probable Playing XI's - KKR : 1. Tiwary 2. Shukla 3. Gambhir 4. Kallis 5. Pathan 6. McCullum 7. Shakib 8. Balaji 9. Narine 10. Abdulla 11. Unadkat ................. DD : 1. Finch 2. Sehwag 3. Russell 4. Venugopal 5. Pathan 6. van der Merwe 7. Nagar 8. Ojha 9. Nadeem 10. Morkel 11. Umesh ................ KKR will win the match handsomely ..... Considering that they are playing a weak DD they should experiment at the top with the opening combo ... Shukla can go nuts while Tiwary consolidates with a steady strike rate ... and then u have the best middle order in the tourney from 3-7 ... and everyone apart from Gambhir and McCullum can bowl ... Sunil Narine has to be given a look in on a sluggish Kolkata pitch .............. DD should go the way they have been going with their best strikers in the top 3 ... not that they stand a chance against a formidable KKR unit

    • vvsquare on April 5, 2012, 1:14 GMT

      after d injustice done to both sehwag & gambhir after d disastrous aussie tour dis ipl will b crucial 2 both....dis will b VIRU's ipl

    • Bengali-Tiger007 on April 5, 2012, 0:57 GMT

      There are some really good players from the Carribean in this game especially this Narine guy who I think is a fantastic bowler. He gave the Indian batsmen some trouble recently. But his batting is not something which I think he is really known for. But he is good with the ball and can also bat abit which will suite him in no7 or 8. The question for the selectors is that how many spinners do you really need and out of Abdulla, Shakib and Narine who do you pick? (Yusuf I think is an automatic selection). Shakib also I'm hoping would be another automatic pick for the selectors, coz this guy is a match winner. Personally on this wicket, I would go for only one fast bowler Balaji and select all the rest of the stock spinners including both Shakib and Narine which will also strengthen the batting. I think this is the best option.

    • johnathonjosephs on April 5, 2012, 0:25 GMT

      Didn't know the Pathan brothers loved each other that much. I would think that when brothers face each other, there would be fierce competition and even though one person won, they would still be happy in the end. Irfan makes it sound like if he gets his brother out he is heartbroken

    • durber99 on April 4, 2012, 23:36 GMT

      Asia cup Super star & man of the series in Asia cup & BPL, best all rounder of the world.... Shakib can make the difference. He has the power in batting, bowling & fielding. If KKR gives him full support then he can be the IPL man of the series as well. Bowling change in any position but batting should be in number 3 position or 4 position.

    • trinimystry on April 4, 2012, 23:25 GMT

      shakib is a world class cricketer but we all saw what narine did last clt20 no one read him and up to now no one has been able to kkr just snag up a trump card in narine and they dont know it ask dhoni and raina they admitted they couldnt read him

    • Baundele on April 4, 2012, 22:58 GMT

      West Indian batsmen, specially in the regional competitions, are very weak against spin. So, Sunil Narine's statistics looks much better than it actually should be. He remained wicketless in his two T20 international matches so far. Abdullah, Shakib and Pathan should be enough for spin.

    • raad007 on April 4, 2012, 22:57 GMT

      Shakib has to play. Narine is too overrated. Would you rather play the worlds best allrounder, man of the series from BPL and Asia cup, can bat and bowl excellent, from subcontinent or Narine who comes from carribeaans, no experience at subcontinent and cannot bat. KKR has to be stupid not to choose Shakib

    • on April 4, 2012, 22:01 GMT

      why u people do not prefr shakib in ur first choice!!! he is number1 allrounder!! look at his bowling! is class is like a great speener!!! batting is bonus...

    • on April 4, 2012, 21:52 GMT

      waiting for the game.....

    • on April 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT

      kkr should take shakib...... last semifinal in my memory.

    • 30-30-150 on April 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT

      @Gagg --- ROSS TAYLOR WILL PLAY FROM 4TH GAME ONWARDS: OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY SEHWAG

    • AndrewDass on April 4, 2012, 21:12 GMT

      KKR (probable 11) : McCullum, Kallis, Gambhir (capt.), Tiwary, Pathan, Bisla (wk), Lee, Narine, Abdullah, Unadkat, Balaji

      DD (probable 11) : Sehwag (capt.), Ojha (wk), Finch, Van der Merwe, Nagar, Venugopal Rao, Russell, Pathan, Nadeem, Morkel, Yadav

    • Bruisers on April 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT

      Probable playing XIs- KKR: 1.McCullum 2.Kallis 3.Gambhir 4.Tiwary 5.Shakib 6.Pathan 7.Shukla 8.Abdulla 9.Narine 10.Bhatia 11.Balaji............... DD: 1.Finch 2.Sehwag 3.Ojha 4.Chand 5.Rao 6.Russell 7.Pathan 8.van der Merwe 9.Nadeem 10.Morkel 11.Yadav

    • Quddus-Mamu on April 4, 2012, 20:45 GMT

      Sunil Narine? Look at his ODI career: 8 matches 52 total runs, 27 is the best. 14 wickets so far. How could you compare him with Shakib?

    • StevieS on April 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT

      vishal53 Ross Taylor has a broken arm. he may play in the final half or the comp.

    • RashadBanna on April 4, 2012, 20:40 GMT

      Shakib Al Hasan is not the world's number one all-rounder without a reason. He was chosen as the best player in the recently concluded Asia Cup. He was chosen as the best in BPL too so a place in the playing eleven won't be a problem. Unless the KKR manage to boggle up the situation and replace a world-class genuine all-rounder like Shakib with Narine.

    • on April 4, 2012, 20:09 GMT

      @Chandra Bindu Shakib is probably the best allrounder in the world right now... but he is no Chris Gayle with the bat, and he is not Narine or Badree with the ball ....

      besides, I don't think Shakib with the ball would make MS Dhoni and SK Raina look like school boy cricketers. Narine's variations keep batsmen guessing so much so that Narine gets away with the odd bad ball... And Badree almost never bowls a bad ball....Badree has played in 2 IPL champion's leagues and has had the lowest economy rate in both (among main bowlers)

    • Mahabir.2848 on April 4, 2012, 20:01 GMT

      KKR playing 11 should be ->1.McCullum,2.Kallis,3.Gambhir,4.Tiwari,5.yusuf Pathan,6.Shakib,7.Lee,8.Balaji,9.Rajat Bhatia,10.Laxmi,11.Jaydev Unadmat. I am sure KKR will rock at Eden Garden. A very best of luck to Gambhir & his team.

    • on April 4, 2012, 19:40 GMT

      It is amazing to see how people are putting faith on Sunil Narine ahead of the best player of Asia, Shakib, the no. 1 all rounder of the world. Shakib and RTD were under-used by KKR last year. That is one of the reasons why they failed with the best resources at hand. These two should be automatic choices for any T20 team. Kallis' bowling is not needed and he bats too slowly for a team with so many power hitters. Gambhir and McCullum can open with Pathan, RTD, Manoj, Shakib and the in-form Bhatia following. In a 20 overs match 7 terrific batsmen should be enough.

    • vishal53 on April 4, 2012, 19:09 GMT

      Kolkata Knight Riders (probable): 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Sunil Narine, 7 Iqbal Abdulla, 8 Rajat Bhatia, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Lakshmipathy Balaji, 11 Jaydev Unadkat

    • on April 4, 2012, 19:06 GMT

      KKR 11: MCCULLUM, GAMBHIR,KALLIS,MANOJ, PATHAN, SHAKIB,LAXMI, ABDULLAH, LEE, BALAJI, SAMI

    • vishal53 on April 4, 2012, 19:04 GMT

      Delhi Daredevils (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 David Warner, 3 Naman Ojha (wk), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Andre Russell, 6 Venugopal Rao, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 Morne Morkel

    • kimian on April 4, 2012, 18:39 GMT

      Don't forget the Flying Dutch man Ryan Ten Doeschate !!!!

    • trinimystry on April 4, 2012, 18:28 GMT

      Narine is simply a mind boggling spinner just ask the Australia cricket team they'll tell you you all will see for yourselves

    • Slick_Skilllzzz on April 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT

      My KKR 11= 1.Kallis 2.McCullum 3.Gambhir 4.Tiwary 5.Morgan 6.Pathan 7.Shakib 8.Narine 9.Lee 10. Abdulla, De Lange.. Is it any good? I think it has good balance and Kallis, McCullum, Gambhir at the top of the order, and Narine and Abdulla would both have a good role to play...

    • on April 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

      are u guyz suggesting that SHAKIB should sit on the bench inspite of being an aggressive BATSMAN & bowler in both BPL & ASIA CUP & he was the man o the tournament in those tournament...

    • maddy20 on April 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT

      Might not be a good idea to play both Narine and Shakib. The fact that Shakib cn also bat means that they will have a tail of only four even if they play 4 bowlers! It will be interesting to see what they do.

    • on April 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT

      Laxmi Ratan Shukla has been in outstanding form this season, he was a great talent who never fullfilled his potential. I sincerely hope he turns it round this season

    • on April 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

      KKR playing 11 should be like that---->1.Kallis,2.McCullum,3.Gambhir,4.Tiwary, 5.Yusuf Pathan,6.Ten Doeschat,7.Chirag Jani8.Rajat Bhatia,9.Abdulla,10.Lee, 11.Balaji/Sangwan. And Delhi's team should have 1.Sehwag,2.Finch,3.Bodi,4.Venugopal Rao,5.Glenn Maxwell/Van Der Merwe,6.Naman Ojha,7.Irfan Pathan,8.A.Russel,9.Agarkar,10.Yadav,11.Aaron. But after all I reckon that KKR have the most of chance to celebrate after the match. Best of Luck KKR.

    • on April 4, 2012, 16:47 GMT

      KKR playing 11:Kallis,Mcculum,Gambhir,Manoj Tiwary,Yusuf,Shukla,Narine/Shakib, Lee,,Abdulla,Sami/Balaji,Unadkat/Jani....If a good batting condition is available..then play Shakib insead of Narine...or if the pitch is like that of the last time then Narine should have the upper hand......Jani can also add 2 the batting as he's in a good form...bt Unadkat can also be a good choice as he's a left-arm fast while other pacers r right-armed......also depending on the form of Sami...he should get the priority than Balaji....

    • coverdrive86 on April 4, 2012, 16:14 GMT

      Narine DEFINITELY needs to feature in KKR's first string team. They need a specialists spinner, especially after paying $750,000 for him. He has to be given a chance to prove his worth. If he starts on the bench then KKR needs to get rid of their financial and selection advisors who advised them to pay so much money for him in the first place. Personally, I think he is one of the players who is actually worth the money. Not like Jadeja, who probably never had a significant impact on any game he has played in, and yet goes for over 2 million.

    • on April 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT

      @aditya...um yeah hodge is in rajastan..but they siad if you take out sehwags hundred then he has not socred ince november 2010. :)

    • on April 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

      KKR first XIth shoul be like that......1.Kallis 2. McCullum 3.Gambhir 4.Manoj 5.Pathan 6.Shakib 7.Laxmi 8.Lee 9. Abdullah 10.Balaji/ Unadkat 11. Sami

      DD......1.Shewag 2.Ojha 3. Finch/Vander Marweye 4.Taylor 5.Venugopal 6.Pathan 7. Russel 8. Morkel 9. Nadeem 10. Umesh 11. Aron

    • on April 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      cricinfo you have mistakes hodge is in rajasthan and not in delhi and sehwag has not scored a hundred since november

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    • on April 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      cricinfo you have mistakes hodge is in rajasthan and not in delhi and sehwag has not scored a hundred since november

    • on April 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

      KKR first XIth shoul be like that......1.Kallis 2. McCullum 3.Gambhir 4.Manoj 5.Pathan 6.Shakib 7.Laxmi 8.Lee 9. Abdullah 10.Balaji/ Unadkat 11. Sami

      DD......1.Shewag 2.Ojha 3. Finch/Vander Marweye 4.Taylor 5.Venugopal 6.Pathan 7. Russel 8. Morkel 9. Nadeem 10. Umesh 11. Aron

    • on April 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT

      @aditya...um yeah hodge is in rajastan..but they siad if you take out sehwags hundred then he has not socred ince november 2010. :)

    • coverdrive86 on April 4, 2012, 16:14 GMT

      Narine DEFINITELY needs to feature in KKR's first string team. They need a specialists spinner, especially after paying $750,000 for him. He has to be given a chance to prove his worth. If he starts on the bench then KKR needs to get rid of their financial and selection advisors who advised them to pay so much money for him in the first place. Personally, I think he is one of the players who is actually worth the money. Not like Jadeja, who probably never had a significant impact on any game he has played in, and yet goes for over 2 million.

    • on April 4, 2012, 16:47 GMT

      KKR playing 11:Kallis,Mcculum,Gambhir,Manoj Tiwary,Yusuf,Shukla,Narine/Shakib, Lee,,Abdulla,Sami/Balaji,Unadkat/Jani....If a good batting condition is available..then play Shakib insead of Narine...or if the pitch is like that of the last time then Narine should have the upper hand......Jani can also add 2 the batting as he's in a good form...bt Unadkat can also be a good choice as he's a left-arm fast while other pacers r right-armed......also depending on the form of Sami...he should get the priority than Balaji....

    • on April 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

      KKR playing 11 should be like that---->1.Kallis,2.McCullum,3.Gambhir,4.Tiwary, 5.Yusuf Pathan,6.Ten Doeschat,7.Chirag Jani8.Rajat Bhatia,9.Abdulla,10.Lee, 11.Balaji/Sangwan. And Delhi's team should have 1.Sehwag,2.Finch,3.Bodi,4.Venugopal Rao,5.Glenn Maxwell/Van Der Merwe,6.Naman Ojha,7.Irfan Pathan,8.A.Russel,9.Agarkar,10.Yadav,11.Aaron. But after all I reckon that KKR have the most of chance to celebrate after the match. Best of Luck KKR.

    • on April 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT

      Laxmi Ratan Shukla has been in outstanding form this season, he was a great talent who never fullfilled his potential. I sincerely hope he turns it round this season

    • maddy20 on April 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT

      Might not be a good idea to play both Narine and Shakib. The fact that Shakib cn also bat means that they will have a tail of only four even if they play 4 bowlers! It will be interesting to see what they do.

    • on April 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

      are u guyz suggesting that SHAKIB should sit on the bench inspite of being an aggressive BATSMAN & bowler in both BPL & ASIA CUP & he was the man o the tournament in those tournament...

    • Slick_Skilllzzz on April 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT

      My KKR 11= 1.Kallis 2.McCullum 3.Gambhir 4.Tiwary 5.Morgan 6.Pathan 7.Shakib 8.Narine 9.Lee 10. Abdulla, De Lange.. Is it any good? I think it has good balance and Kallis, McCullum, Gambhir at the top of the order, and Narine and Abdulla would both have a good role to play...