Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Bangalore April 9, 2012

Uphill task awaits Kolkata Knight Riders

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 10, Bangalore
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

As the IPL awaits a few close, high-scoring games to justify the hype, the two teams that got it off to a celebrated start in 2008 come up against each other.

Chances of any such repeat - despite the presence of Brendon McCullum, Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis in the Kolkata Knight Riders side - are remote. Royal Challengers Bangalore,who started well with a win in their first match, will only get stronger with the arrival of Tillakaratne Dilshan, even as Chris Gayle gets closer to full fitness and is expected to play. Then there is the spin combination of Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori, and it promises to be a handful. Knight Riders will have to play out of their skins to end what is becoming long enough to be called a losing streak.

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Players to watch

Between them in their last game, Murali and Vettori went for 53 runs in eight overs and took out four recognised batsmen. If the two can keep producing similar results, Royal Challengers will be a tough side to beat.

Yusuf Pathan scored 1011 runs for Rajasthan Royals at an average of 26.6 and strike-rate of 161.2, to go with 20 wickets. For Knight Riders, though, he is yet to score a fifty after 23 games, which have yielded him just 366 runs. Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't?

2011 head-to-head

Royal Challengers beat Knight Riders twice last year, comfortably in the away clash and after struggling in the return clash at home.

Stats and trivia

  • Jacques Kallis has more scores of 50 and over - 14 - than anyone else in IPL.

  • Kallis, McCullum and Gambhir have scored 36 runs in six innings between them in this season.

Quotes

"It's a tough one because Andrew [McDonald] performed so well in the last game, so there is going to be pressure on all the overseas players to keep performing and hold on to their spots."
Daniel Vettori is loving the problem of plenty

"It was a good job by the bowlers but with this kind of batting we don't deserve to win."
Gautam Gambhir pulls up the batsmen, including himself

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    ZackH and zzakir39 and Firoj -- you answers can be simply answered by the T20 career records where Shakib records are really bad as compared to other players in KKR. his bowling is not extraordinary in the T20 career records as well. His fielding is also medicore (you can't have a second chance for that...) And if you are asking which foreign player performed. Well Brett Lee and Kallis performed. Both Tendo and Shakib failed to perform. What a disappointment for KKR. now they will have to get 2 other foreign players to play. Keep yelling as much as you like, but statistics of T20 and yesterday's performance both show that Shakib has failed the test by KKR.

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Shakib failed to BAT = 4 balls 4 runs. Fluke shots. LEE and Bhatia played better in the last over. Shakib was given the bat. In T20 you don't have one over to settle. Shakib is not good in T20. His average is 15.93 and 13.37. Every other player in KKR has better average than Shakib in T20 matches. Shakib is below average player in T20. He only stood in BPL because there were not enough int'l players. a few countries played in BPL. Shakib failed to field = how can all-rounder drop the catch. a simple catch. it wasn't out of the ordinary catch. Though it's not like many others haven't dropped the catch. But overall Shakib's field was below ordinary. Now, Bangladeshis will complain that he was given the right field position. Only 23 cts in entire career of T20 ? very ordinary fielder. Shakib failed to bowl = 2 wickets of tailenders. 3wds. Econ abve 6.61 in the IPL career is not impressive at all. KKR has better bowlers and only thrice he has taken 4 wickets. Shakib below average in T20

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I told you about shakib. Now can the fans please not insist on including him in the KKR team. I think even the statistics of T20 career of the player shows that he is not good enough for IPL t20. He may be a above average player in ODI or Test. But T20 in India is not his cup of tea. Please let KKR decide whats right. You can force them to include shakib. If they feel that he should be given a chance, they will by all means give him the chance.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Three Cheers for KKR! hip hip hooray! :) :)

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It's good to see KKR winning finally. Very impressive performance with both bat and ball and I am glad that finally KKR selected some very good players who will surely bring good fortune for the team in future. And @ Rocking-IPL, no offense from me as well, but would you explain just who are these much better players than Shakib in the team to play in the IPL? "Brad Haddin, Eoin Morgan, James Pattinson, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange, Brendon McCullum"?. Sorry mate, we just cannot trade Shakib with any one from the above listed players. You may have your own viewpoint but Shakib belongs to an elite league. Very few players in the world are capable with both bat and ball and he is also a gifted captain as well. And I am not comparing Shakib to Jacques Kallis. Kallis is a legend and he cannot be compared to any of the current all rounders of the world. Jacq Kallis can be compared to only the Cricketing Greats like Imran Khan, Sir Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Shaikb has become a national joke now. The alleged world-class all rounder. Ha..ha..joke....he Couldn't even bat, couldn't even take the simplest catch and failed miserably in the bowling (a tail ender has hit him for a four...lolzz)

  • Firoj on April 10, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Who is the overseas player performing well for KKR? Plz give me the answer. @Rocking-IPL

  • ZackH on April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL, dude, you might think there are better players than Shakib, well if you are judging them having played 2/3 matches I'd say you can't judge Shakib with just the 1 match. That'll be unfair, right? And by the way, your better players haven't performed. Of course its not the fans who say Shakib is the best but his rankings for the last 3 years. If you've found a better player then him in KKR it must be a new rank other than 1 (Perhaps an imaginary one by you). No offense but better player than Shakib in KKR....? Well good luck with that debate

  • zzakir39 on April 10, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL: Good to see you again. If Shakib by chance cant perform in this match, does that implies there are better players than him in the team? Who dare to say Bisla is a better batsman than Kallis though he scored more runs today than Kallis???!!!! No offence, you should not request anything. If Shakib gets chance to play in regular basis and cant perform, I am sure all of the fans of him will stop blaming selectors automatically. You could dream for that. Also dont forget to hope for Haddin to play the next match (WHO WAS IN UR BEST 11 and HE IS NOT EVEN IN INDIA!!!)

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    There is your answer for all shakib fans. He is catch out for nothing. He has not added any utility to the team. Shakib has failed miserably. KKR is still the same. infact, the Indian local talent Bisla has played a magnificent knock. Good going with the local talent.

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    ZackH and zzakir39 and Firoj -- you answers can be simply answered by the T20 career records where Shakib records are really bad as compared to other players in KKR. his bowling is not extraordinary in the T20 career records as well. His fielding is also medicore (you can't have a second chance for that...) And if you are asking which foreign player performed. Well Brett Lee and Kallis performed. Both Tendo and Shakib failed to perform. What a disappointment for KKR. now they will have to get 2 other foreign players to play. Keep yelling as much as you like, but statistics of T20 and yesterday's performance both show that Shakib has failed the test by KKR.

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Shakib failed to BAT = 4 balls 4 runs. Fluke shots. LEE and Bhatia played better in the last over. Shakib was given the bat. In T20 you don't have one over to settle. Shakib is not good in T20. His average is 15.93 and 13.37. Every other player in KKR has better average than Shakib in T20 matches. Shakib is below average player in T20. He only stood in BPL because there were not enough int'l players. a few countries played in BPL. Shakib failed to field = how can all-rounder drop the catch. a simple catch. it wasn't out of the ordinary catch. Though it's not like many others haven't dropped the catch. But overall Shakib's field was below ordinary. Now, Bangladeshis will complain that he was given the right field position. Only 23 cts in entire career of T20 ? very ordinary fielder. Shakib failed to bowl = 2 wickets of tailenders. 3wds. Econ abve 6.61 in the IPL career is not impressive at all. KKR has better bowlers and only thrice he has taken 4 wickets. Shakib below average in T20

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I told you about shakib. Now can the fans please not insist on including him in the KKR team. I think even the statistics of T20 career of the player shows that he is not good enough for IPL t20. He may be a above average player in ODI or Test. But T20 in India is not his cup of tea. Please let KKR decide whats right. You can force them to include shakib. If they feel that he should be given a chance, they will by all means give him the chance.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Three Cheers for KKR! hip hip hooray! :) :)

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It's good to see KKR winning finally. Very impressive performance with both bat and ball and I am glad that finally KKR selected some very good players who will surely bring good fortune for the team in future. And @ Rocking-IPL, no offense from me as well, but would you explain just who are these much better players than Shakib in the team to play in the IPL? "Brad Haddin, Eoin Morgan, James Pattinson, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange, Brendon McCullum"?. Sorry mate, we just cannot trade Shakib with any one from the above listed players. You may have your own viewpoint but Shakib belongs to an elite league. Very few players in the world are capable with both bat and ball and he is also a gifted captain as well. And I am not comparing Shakib to Jacques Kallis. Kallis is a legend and he cannot be compared to any of the current all rounders of the world. Jacq Kallis can be compared to only the Cricketing Greats like Imran Khan, Sir Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Shaikb has become a national joke now. The alleged world-class all rounder. Ha..ha..joke....he Couldn't even bat, couldn't even take the simplest catch and failed miserably in the bowling (a tail ender has hit him for a four...lolzz)

  • Firoj on April 10, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Who is the overseas player performing well for KKR? Plz give me the answer. @Rocking-IPL

  • ZackH on April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL, dude, you might think there are better players than Shakib, well if you are judging them having played 2/3 matches I'd say you can't judge Shakib with just the 1 match. That'll be unfair, right? And by the way, your better players haven't performed. Of course its not the fans who say Shakib is the best but his rankings for the last 3 years. If you've found a better player then him in KKR it must be a new rank other than 1 (Perhaps an imaginary one by you). No offense but better player than Shakib in KKR....? Well good luck with that debate

  • zzakir39 on April 10, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL: Good to see you again. If Shakib by chance cant perform in this match, does that implies there are better players than him in the team? Who dare to say Bisla is a better batsman than Kallis though he scored more runs today than Kallis???!!!! No offence, you should not request anything. If Shakib gets chance to play in regular basis and cant perform, I am sure all of the fans of him will stop blaming selectors automatically. You could dream for that. Also dont forget to hope for Haddin to play the next match (WHO WAS IN UR BEST 11 and HE IS NOT EVEN IN INDIA!!!)

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    There is your answer for all shakib fans. He is catch out for nothing. He has not added any utility to the team. Shakib has failed miserably. KKR is still the same. infact, the Indian local talent Bisla has played a magnificent knock. Good going with the local talent.

  • on April 10, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    This is for the India_boy. Like many others, you failed to realize the talent of Shakib Al Hasan. I am not going to argue with you about BPL Vs IPL or Shakib's ratings. All I would ask you to look at Shakib's contribution in the last IPL. Same as this year, they played Shakib late until they had couple of defeats and then Shakib and Abdullah had been the game changers. Numbers don't lie. Don't comment with your biased heart all the time, brain would give you better judgement. Use your brain instead.

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Finally Shakib is given a chance to play in IPL. Lolz. Let's see what he can make out of it. Once he fails to perform, could i kindly request all his fans to stop blaming KKR for not selecting him in the team. I mean no offense, but there are much better players than him in the team to play in IPL.

  • javeedKadri on April 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    KKR - entire team is lacking match fitness.... tooo much Bollywood boosze & distraction!!!

  • tasdik2012 on April 10, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    I hope KRR will play good cricket today!

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    so our game of IPL starts today, cheers shakib ! cheers Bangladesh !

  • CRICFAN71 on April 10, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    LOOK NOW KKR FORCED TO INCLUDE SAKIB,THE MOST INFORM ALLROUNDER OF IPL . WE HOPE NOW SAKIB WILL GIVE A LESSON TO THE SELECTORS BY HIS ALROUND PERFORMENCE AND BRING KKR BACK TO GAME . CRICKET SHOULD BE OUT OF POLITICS .

  • imrulsh on April 10, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    very very good decision of playing SHAKIB and RTD..... This inclusion has strengthen their batting as well as bowling department. Best of luck KKR... Surely KKR will win today....

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Oh no!!! They got it wrong again. Iqbal Abdullah was the best bowler (Arguably Shakib came second to him in terms of wicket) of KKR last season. He is tremendous form this year. He played 2 games this season but bowled only 3/4 overs. Balaji instead of Abdullah is a poor choice. I kinda having a feeling that it's not abt Gambhir but the new coach, who is trying to run things in his own way disregarding previous year's performance.

  • India_boy on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    to be very honest, i wudnt want to see Shakib in the playing XI, this guy is just mediocre, hes got his no.1 ranking not because he was excellent, but simply bcos others werent up to the mark, just like team India got its no.1 ranking. even his T-20 stats arent that great as they have been made out by Bangladeshi supporters here, he has a batting avrg of under 16. maybe he shone in BPL, but IPL is a different league altogether, playing against the likes of Steyn, murali, bollinger etc. I remember ther was a similar buzz w.r.t. to Mashrafe mortaza as well, and Rohit Sharma belted him for 25 runs in 5 deliveris to win the match, where is he now? do not raise your hopes to the point they come shattering down

  • Firoj on April 10, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Good to see Doeschate and Shakib together. It's the party time for Shakib fan's also... Cheer

  • cricketcrazyyy on April 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    At last right team combination.

  • mahadi-hasan on April 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    we understand that Gambir is upset because of defeating to bangladesh of Sakib in Asia cup, yet we request him to include sakib in the XI for the benefit of KKR and its supporter.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Don't know what is the fuzz about .. Shakib's inclusion might not win them the game .. but if you are paying someone for playing and he happens to be World number 1 ranking all rounder it's a automatic choice no matter what country he is from.. Crazy or what ?!!! and what KKR got from Mcullum ? Design Idead for Tattos ?

  • sourangsu on April 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Goutam Gambhir should be dropped, bisla should be in.. Damn his ego... Dada u r being missed here.. Dada is still the best in India.. Kolkatas loss is Punes gain

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Ha..ha...Now I cant wait to see Shakib cumble to the force of RCB. RCB rocks. Finally shakib is taken in the team. Let's see now what Shakib is capable of doing. We will have the answers in 4 hours. lolzz. Best of luck KKR. Now, I have a feeling that RCB will surely win this match also.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @Hrithik_Krissh; Narine is an emerging cricketer. Surely he is a wonderkid but he is newcomer and needs to wait till the next turn when the WI board will renew it's players' contracts. Furthermore not having a contract cannot be a good excuse for the reason not to represent one's own country (it's not just an association/company, its the country we are talking abt). Yes, I do agree that 0.7M is a huge consideration for any cricketer, but if you say that that is a good reason (or should I say general/ordinary trend) for opting to represent a domestic team in a foreign country rather than the national team- then I would say there is something wrong with the system (and if so, I would also say IPL is damaging the spirit of cricket). Surely this cannot be a good prospect for the game.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    sakib & Doescoat Today play that good news. i think that is good combination.

  • Lenin49v on April 10, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Give Sakib captaincy......... Look how change the KKR team.......... must be better...

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Atique Khan and zzakir39 have said what they had to say. No offense to them but KKR will loose when they will play with Shakib. (not tht they are doing anything different). Nonetheless, if the bangladeshi fans insist so much, I think for your satisfaction KKR could loss some more matches and make Shakib play. then I can answer to you guys why you should not play shakib in the entire IPL series. lolzzzzz.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    oh come on guys u can't just say that because they lost the first two matches that the team is over rated.....players like Mccullum and gambhir are proven performers. Mccullum is rated as one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket . He has the highest number of runs In T20I which is no joke!! And please the name is Mccullum and Not Mccallum......and yeah they did make a mistake in picking narine ahead of shakib.....

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    we r looking for sakib......why do not give chance in kkr?? we r very upset abt KKR management........

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    I dont know why the whole KKR is full of tense and jittery, lots of prompting may one of the cause or may be too many cooks are spoiling the dish.

  • havar on April 10, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Amused to see our Bangladeshi friends getting so worked-up about Sakib and Tamim.

    Guys, IPL is an Indian domesitic tournament- not the world-cup! Players have been hired by the franchisies and they will be played as and when teams need them. I am sure Sakib and Tamim are matured enough to understand this. IPL is all about having a good team- so just relax and enjoy the carnival.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    KKR must keep this squad to win this match: Kallis, Bisla, Gambir, Tiwary, Shakib, Morgan, Yousuf, Bhatia, Sukla, Lee, Balaji.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    No Shakib no win for KKR.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    no sakib in KKR, no tamim in PWI.......no more IPL this season

  • cskfangg on April 10, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    KKR Team must be Gambhir,mccullam,kallis,tiwary,yusuf,shukla,shakib,bhatia,iqbal,lee/pattinson, unadkat....Gambhir must open with mccullam,shakib is definite pick of overseas player & pathan must play up the order,Gambhir is not using him properly as like warne.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    RCB is a strong team.. but KKR is a wounded tiger, so expect a tight match.. Neverthless RCB should make it comfortably :)

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @Bruisers; I think your one is the best possible XI for KKR. Most people counting B Lee and leaving out Brendon. But Bisla would be a waste, & with Kallis at the top KKR need a fiery batsman to open. Just a look at the batting order: Kallis, McCullam, Gambhir, Manoj, Shakib, Ryan, Yusuf... and then Shukla (in form with bat), R Bhatia, Abdullah (who is actually an alrounder)..... This would be the most terrifying batting order. Again with the ball, it's not too bad....Balaji, Kallis, Ryan, Shukla (for pace), Bhatia (medium pace & also very effective), Shakib & Abdullah are the key weapon...then Yusuf, manoj as part-timer. Excellant team.

  • vrn59 on April 10, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I don't mean to offend any Bangladeshi fans here, but seriously, you guys are behaving like Indians do when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar. Shakib al Hasan is a good player, certainly, but he is not the God that you portray him as. On a more serious note, I do think that KKR are making a phenomenal mistake in not playing Shakib. As a finisher, a bowler and even a fielder, he is great, especially in this format and in these conditions. He is also in good form and is an immediate answer to ending KKR's losing streak. B McCullum, Kallis and Gambhir must realize that they are crucial to the team's success and must bat responsibly to allow big hitters like Yusuf Pathan to flourish. Tiwary's form is pleasing; he's a talented young man and KKR will be happy to see him score some runs. On the bowling front, Sunil Narine should be dropped (he is a waste of space) and L Balaji or Jaidev Unadkat should be tried out. They both performed reasonably well for Kolkata in the last season.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    good luck for today's match KKR . hope we can see some difference ..

  • Rajeev129 on April 10, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    "Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't ?" If thats the question there will be so many doubts on Shane Warne's captaincy as well. Why could't he grab best out of Munaf/R.Jadeja/M.Morkel ? Though I still believe that Gambhir is the worst captain in this IPL.

  • Saad.Navaid on April 10, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    well i dont think shakib playing or not playing is the big issue with KKR at the moment... the biggest issue that tey are facing is that they have a ridiculous captain in Gautam Gambhir... yes he is a great classy batsman but he is no where near a captain at any level... i think KKR should get rid of the Captain Ghambir as soon as they can... shakib should play though as he is the inform guy...

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Yusuf should be given a chance to bat at 1 down so that he can take 2-3 overs to settle down n later he can start hitting rather than sending him when barely 1-2 overs remaining n asking him to send the ball to audiences & shakib should be included in playing 11 as he is in form now so utilise him gambhir...

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    If KKR dont play sakib today too, they will lose the match again. This is not only emotion but also the reality. Any readers or commentators of cricinfo can keep my statement for reference after the match when we will see the result.

  • on April 10, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @Rocking IPL - Unfortunately KKR think tank has similar ideas like you, so KKR loosing. Your team has 3 wicketkeepers. Also you are not aware that Haddin not playing IPL. Your ist choice De Lange, who is inexperienced & a trainee only. You should concentrate on other jobs than making a cricket team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    McCullum score not for Win to KKR except 2008 only one game where he scored 145. He is not lucky at all for KKR.

    Where as Sakib & RTD is a wining pair for KKR. They can bring the Good Luck for KKR.

  • zzakir39 on April 10, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL: How you could say that Shakib is not required when KKR have 4 class int'l player. If you consider the player rather than from which country they are coming from (Aus/SA vs BD), you cant say that. I dont wanna b emotional, lets look at the facts. Shakib ranked better than all of those in 3 cases - bowling,batting as well as all as an allrounder. Good God that there is no ranking in fielding. If there were, Shakib might be better than all 4 you mentioned in all 4 categories!!!!!hahaha

  • Bruisers on April 10, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    This is the team that can surely win the IPL---- 1) McCULLUM 2) KALLIS 3) GAMBHIR 4) TIWARY 5) SHAKIB 6) TEN DOESCHATE 7) PATHAN 8) SHUKLA 9) ABDULLA 10) BHATIA 11) BALAJI / UNADKAT.........

  • PratMan on April 10, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    KKR Should focus on the game rather than playing it at ease and brin Shakib and Yusuf Pathan has to come up front and play in the power play stage, where he can utilize the field setting and get KKR to a decent start and Shakib will be a handy All rounder, he will definetely change the course of KKR game plan...

  • on April 10, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Where is Sakib??? He practically, single-handedly, almost won the Asia Cup for Bangladesh & in tremendous form, & he's an allrounder, & he's warming the bench...what a team selection really...he's one of best in-form palyers at the moment & KKR sat him out...how crazy, weird & foolish is that?? Make Sakib play please...

  • Ziad005 on April 10, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    KKR dont be insane.. plz bring back SHAKIB AL HASAN.. he can be a cracker in the middle order and can be a great contributor with the ball..

  • AnjanDave on April 10, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Questions to ask- 1) Who's the top ranked batsman in ICC rankings in KKR? 2) Who's the top ranked bowler in ICC rankings in KKR? 3) Who's the top ranked all-rounder in ICC rankings in KKR? Answer is Shakib to all three questions. Gambhir says KKR has a balanced team without this man playing? What a joke. Put McCullum and Naraine out and bring in Shakib and RTD. Give Bisla the gloves.

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I think RCB is a very strong team. But KKR is here to make changes in the lossing streak. I hope that KKR does something spectacular today. My KKR team would be (not in the order): 1. Haddin 2. Kallis 3.Brett Lee 4. McCullum (no Shakib at all...he is not required when we have 4 class int'l players...he is only a back-up facility) 5. Yusuf Patan 6. Gautam 7. Manoj Tiwary 8. Laxmi Shukla 9. Bisla 10. Iqbal 11.Bhatia.

    Incase, if any int'l player is not available then first choice wuould be Marchant de Lange, second would be Ryan ten Doeschate and third would be James Pattinson. I don't think they have much options with Int'l players. Apart from the top 4, KKR has only these three to spare.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 10, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Gambir said Sakib is not fit. Actually Gambir is not fit. So Gambir should be out from the team and Sakib should play instate.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Gambir said Sakib is not fit. Actually Gambir is not fit. So Gambir should be out from the team and Sakib should play instate.

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    maybe GAMBIR is bad captain ever i see IPL 1-5 edition

  • crazy.for.cricket on April 10, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    McCullum scored a 158 run innings 4 years ago!!! 18th April 2008..1451 days ago!!! After that he has done nothing......nothing at all.....but he is still in the team for that innings "4"..four.."FOUR" years ago!!! surely someone would tell the truth to KKR that it's not 2008..it's 2012!!

  • Shamayel97 on April 10, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan him self says that shane warne was the best captain he played under.Gambhir does not know how to use yusuf.I think Yusuf should open the innings with McCallum and kallis should bat at 3 and gambhir at 4 and ten Doeschate should come in for brett lee.Lee just plays for his name last year his economy was 8 and picked up 5 wickets in 15 matches and shakib should come in for narine shakib can bat plus bowl and also ryan ten doeschate also adds bowling options.Unadkat and Bisla should come in for shukla and das.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 10, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    If KKR wants to win this match thn thy shld go with this 11:--- 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. Kallis 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Yusuf Pathan 6.Shaqib 7. RT Doeschate 9. Laxmi Shukla 10. Lee 11.Iqbal Abdulla.

  • blodha on April 10, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    RCB Best XI: Gayle (2 overs All rounder), Dilshan (Vice-Captain) (2 overs All rounder), AB McDonald (4 overs All rounder), Pujara, Kohli (Captain) (2 overs All rounder), AB De Villers (Bat/WK), Mithun (2 Overs All Rounder), Tiwary (BAT), Mayank Agarwal (BAT), Zaheer (4 overs BOWL), Vinay Kumar (4 overs BOWL).

  • crazy.for.cricket on April 10, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Try out Shakib and RTD....This KKR XI is nothing but a joke....Shakib would definitely be a great asset to any team team in the world...except KKR I suppose(they think)....and RTD has a much better strike-rate than Kallis....and he can bowl a neat spell anytime....at the moment kallis is not doing anything impressive with the bat let alone in the bowling department....So WHY don't you try other options?? Try Shakib....he will surely change the game in KKR's Direction...

  • sourangsu on April 10, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Gambhir, the most costly in the current crop should now be rested, he is focused too much on captaining(India, KKR) his sides rather than his batting, he should be left alone for a while to recollect his senses..he should realise captaining is not his cup of tea.. For me Calcutta lacks a captain material.. Dada's being missed..

  • satish619chandar on April 10, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    As for Yusuf, most captains use to hold their X factor which Warne unleashed at his will.. Yusuf even used to open in some matches.. Rather unfortunate for Yusuf, he has been thoroughly worked out by the bowlers all over and since he is a match winner, the opponent uses their main bowler against him and easily targets him.. Even now, Gauti should look at options of utilising Yusuf maximum..

  • Ordinary_think_tank on April 10, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    KKR is heading by a captain who is with his ego not with enough brain. He is utilizing Naraine in stead of Shakib where bith are spinner and there is no comparison with batting ability. "KKR may have a dream of keeping ego not winning the tournament." I can assure everyone that they will depend on Shakib when they will hit the deck.

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    KKR needs Ryan ten Doeschate in , if they want to win ....they always bring him in very late , obviously till then they will already be out of the contest.

  • hari040761 on April 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    ONE ISSUE IS BRENDON, KALLIS, GAMBIR COMES ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND GOES, THE MIDDLE ORDER DEPENDS ON YOUNG TIWARY AND UNCERTAIN YUSUF. INSTEAD BRENDON, BISLA/DAS, GAMBIR, KALLIS, TIWARY, SHAKIB, YUSUF, BHATIA, LEE, IQBAL AND BALAJI/SANGWAN. THIS GIVE RIGHT BALANCE AT THE TOP, MIDDLE AND UPTO NO.9.

  • dare_to_beat on April 10, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    whatever team they choose, they need to CAPTAIN kallis or shakib, if they want to WIN

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    KKR is good in changing captain. Gambhir is not an attacking captain and recently drop from Indian Team's Vice Captain position. He looks very demotivated in the field. T20's are games of continuous attack and a team with an attacking captain can only succeed. KKR are loosing all the games anyway, so please change the Captain as soon as possible.

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    As stated by Cricinfo, Shakib Al Hasan is the most valuable Cricketer for a team in terms of contribution!

    Shakib is the only cricketer in the world who have scored more than 15% of the runs scored by the team, and taken 15% of the total wickets in the 123 matches he has played.. Comparing with the legendary all rounders, Imran Khan of Pakistan had taken 15% of the wickets, but scored around 11% of the runs. Kapil Dev didn't even score 10% of India's runs, the hero from Shakib has scored 15.7% of the runs, and taken 19% of the total wickets!...........

    KKR,How can u ignore these info.....???

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh. But i am frankly speaking, KKR should think about their captain. I think Gambhir is not a good captain. He has some lacking in his captaincy. He doesnt know which bowler he needs to use when KKR needs to create pressure on opposition. We should remember one think, "A good student cant be a good teacher always." Like that a good cricket player cant be a good leader of team. Why should the best player in the team is out of playing XI!! This is a burning question for KKR team management!!

  • darren.14 on April 10, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    RCB : 1 TM Dilshan/ Chris Gayle, 2 Pujara, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 AB DeVilliersi, 5 Agarwal, 6 Tiwary/Kaifl, 7 Vettori , 8 Aravind, 9 Mithun, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan

    Problem is TM Dilshan and Chris Gayle should be the 2 openers but considering the 4 overseas players criteria they can't... I hope the IPL commitee reconsider this and atleast change this to 5 overseas players. Not only for RCB but the other teams too are suffering as most of their overseas players just sit on the bench without a game..

  • on April 10, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Considering class and skill Skaib-al-Hasan processes and the tremendous form he is in recently, I think no team in the world, let alone KKR, can't afford the luxury of leaving him outside playing 11. It is really socking to see that the No.1 all-rounder and best player of the Asia Cup(That's literally means he is the best player of sub-continent) finds it difficult to find his place in a mere sub-continental local team. Skaib is player of kallis' caviler and should be treated as one.

  • on April 10, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    i think it will be a perfact eleven for kkr - kallis , brenden , gambhir , tiwary , shakib , yousuf , das , bathi ,abdullah , lee , balaji . "or" kallis , bisla, gambir ,ten de ,tiwary , shakib , yousuf , bhatai , lee , balaji , abdullah

  • PointFielder on April 10, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    It baffles me to see that the player of Asia Cup fails to get in KKR playing X1. Also i thought he was one of the best 3 all rounders in ODI and T20 format. KKR team seems to be very lethargic in decision making. To be competitive they need to field their best X1. The have to play Shakib in all matches to give themselves more chances of being in same category of Mumbai indians and CSK.

  • on April 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    If KKR wants to do well in IPL, they needs to change their captain..Gambir is the most worst captain I have ever seen And Kallis,Shakib,Tendo & Lee should be their foreign player in playing XI...

  • on April 10, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    include Sakib. He is the man who has the potentiality to change the situation and bring turning in game to win.

  • Mithusdp on April 10, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    I don't think KKR will do better even if they included sakib. The main problem is team spirit which plays very vital role is completely missing. For me its gambhir who fail to lead the team. Captaincy is some thing which I think Gambhir will never be able to do like sachin and brian lara. Gambhir's childish reaction and body language in the field also irritating. Btw, good luck for rest of the games!

  • AABIRSABEEL on April 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    TWO Suggestion 1- Play SAKIB instead of sunil or kallis 2- Send PATHAN as OPENER with ball and BAT

  • SSRcric on April 10, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    shakib al hasan should be in the team for kkr

  • Hrithik_Krissh on April 10, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @Arafat Habib, Sir please get ur facts rite b4 u start judging ppl. Narine was not offered a contract by the West Indies Cric. Board, why shud he then stay and play for west indies whose didnt show he enough respect to give him a contract. Also he comes from an impoverish country, so when such good fortune strikes why shud he turn down a 700K US offer to play for the WI without a contract for a meagre fee. I wonder if you would have placed country over money if you were in his position.

  • on April 10, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    i can't understand why KKR not keeping faith on last year winning team. they are still looking for best combination in this IPL!! when there is winning combination are set already last year.

  • on April 10, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    KKR need to really need to add Shakib Al Hasan to their "so already very strong team". By the way which captain or selector would not include the best all rounder in the world at the moment in ODIS and Tests if they could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 9, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    I don't think KKR management will change their mind. They will still play with McCullum, Kallis, Lee and Sunil Narine. We are all eagerly to see another defeat of KKR. Good luck Royal Challengers.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 9, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Commentator Simon Dull kept praising Shakib and kept saying that he should be in the team. KKR have a fragile batting lineup even with the likes of Gambhir, McCullum and Kallis batting up the order. Shakib would add a bit of stability to the batting order and will bowl just as good as Narine.

  • on April 9, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    just include shakib in.. otherwayz kkr is gonna lose again for sure"

  • on April 9, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    I believe KKR has all the ingredients needed in the team. When top three batsmen are getting out in less than 10 runs, can't expect much from the middle order. They should either replace Gambhir with Shakib and let Shakib do the captaincy. Shakib has the talent and experience to lead a winning team. Like Gambhir, his performance didn't drop when he was the captain of the Bangladesh team. KKR can still keep Gambhir and let him open but Shakib is the man who can change the result, if not by bat but with the ball, if not with the ball, definitely with his captaincy. Stop being stupid before it's too late..

  • on April 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    According to Cricinfo, Sunil Naraine skipped his debut test call up, even when it was against Australia just to play in the IPL. What kind of message this player can bring to the team who opts money over his country/region- I want to ask SRK, Mr. Venky and the Kolkata fans. Flame is not everthing, team-spirit is really important for a champion team and right now that is missing in the Knight Riders........... McCullam is the worst pick of the season, he is good for inconsistent teams like NZ. Champion team need consistent performer who will perform in every match and not just score a hundred in one game and single digits in all others.

  • on April 9, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Is there anything wrong with shakib al hasan from the team??? or from the captain??

  • hasib9 on April 9, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Haha I can't laugh enough at KKR. They don't have faith in their winning combination from last year. They keep opting for over rated players like Gambhir and McCallum... They will finally go for Shakib and Tendo but by then out will be too late.. As always the case with them.

  • on April 9, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    RCB : Gayl, pujara, Koli, AB, Sourav, Agarwal, Vettori, Vinay, ZAK,Murli, Miton

  • on April 9, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    if kkr wants to win matches,,they have to change their strategies,,first open with kallis and gambhir because brendon is not so effective against spin,,,and send brendon when yousuf is playing or vice versa because both have demarits and that can be removed than,,,,,,,,,,go KKR the tournament is still wide open.........

  • MMHossain on April 9, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Y. Pathan was successful for RR because he mostly had to bat last 5-6 overs of the inning and he had the license for going for the onslaught. With failures from high profiles and over rated cricketers like Gambhir and Mc Cullum at the top of the order, yusouf is being asked to do consolidation part of the innings. Given that Gambhir is really being a landmark failure as a batsman and captain, he may think of promoting Y. Pathan so that he can make use of the first 6 over restrictions. Moreover, in a T20 match I don't think any other team would have two slow starters at the top of the innings like Gambhir and Kallis. "CHANGE" is the need of hour for KKR, whether that be batting line up or captain. Make Kallis the captain!

  • on April 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    KKR keep depending on oldtimers and put Shakib & Tendo to warm benches. u will never win. u dont deserve to

  • Street_Hawk on April 9, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    "Yusuf Pathan scored 1011 runs for Rajasthan Royals at an average of 26.6 and strike-rate of 161.2, to go with 20 wickets. For Knight Riders, though, he is yet to score a fifty after 23 games, which have yielded him just 366 runs. Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't?" - this shows you how pathetic a captain Gambhir is...KKR has players like Shakib who can easily be made captain...but then that's going to hurt Gambhir's ego

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Kolkata will keep losing until they play Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib is not only the #1 allrounder in test and ODI, he is in a tremendous form for the last couple of months. First he took 17 wickets and scored 287 runs in 11 matches in the Bangladesh Premier League, then he took 6 wickets and scored 3 half centuries in 4 matches in the Asia Cup. Its a total waste of money for KKR not to play him so far and they are paying the price. Also Ryan Ten Doeschate must be given the chance to play. He has better records than most of the foreign recruits.

  • Monjur_Elahi on April 9, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    KKR is good in changing captains, players, coaches and even management. Why not drop Gambhir from first XI. He is a flop with bat and the think hat. T20's are games of continuous attack and a player with an attacking mind would certainly help. KKR are loosing all the games anyway, so worth experimenting this. Gambhir should be dropped from the team compared with any standard in the team anyway!

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    It's time to get things right for KKR, means it's time to play the right team, means it's time to play SHAKIB AL HASAN the world's best all rounder!!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan needs to be sent up in the order in order to perform. He cannot be kept as a no.7 batsman, he needs to give the responsibility by the captain and he also needs to accept the same.

    This is a real shame if everybody collectively are planning to let SRK down.

    They need to justify what SRK / KKR is paying them. High time to take the game in a serious mode and start winning.

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    There is only once slight chance for KKR to win......and for that Gayle should not be declared fit..hahahahahh.....

  • Arijit on April 9, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    KKR beat RCB very very comfortably in the Champions League not so long ago. Both sides are very similar to the ones that played then. If anything KKR stronger now with Baz and Narine as compared to RCB who have added Murali and Vinay.

  • hamid_shahriar on April 9, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan scored 1011 runs for Rajasthan Royals at an average of 26.6 and strike-rate of 161.2, to go with 20 wickets. For Knight Riders, though, he is yet to score a fifty after 23 games, which have yielded him just 366 runs. Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't? oF course, writer has got the point ......

  • hamid_shahriar on April 9, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    "It was a good job by the bowlers but with this kind of batting we don't deserve to win." Gautam pls take a rest. U r dam idiot as a captain. with this all stars u r saying this kind of jokes. Play shakib and RTD with 2 other overseas each nd everyday. watch the result. otherwise u and ur selectors r wasting the money of SRK.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 9, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    "Jacques Kallis has more scores of 50 and over - 14 - than anyone else in IPL" --- he has played the most number of IPL games as an opening batsman. What is his strike rate? How many are getting this much favour from team management? Most of the reports now a days are very biased to some particular international players who the supporters think are "white elephants".

  • frozendilemma on April 9, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    On Paper KKR is so strong they have the best all rounders in the world Kallis and Shakib...good quality bowlers Lee,Pattinson and Delange and quality hitters like McCullum and Yusuf and not to mention Ryan TenDoeschate who`s such a good player but he`s just sitting in the sheds watching McCullum getting out cheaply and never getting a chance...I have no idea what is wrong with KKR coz they should be beating teams out of the park but they are even losing to a depleted Daredevils...

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    back shakib al hasan.please kkr plzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • on April 9, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    back shakib al hasan.please kkr plzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • frozendilemma on April 9, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    On Paper KKR is so strong they have the best all rounders in the world Kallis and Shakib...good quality bowlers Lee,Pattinson and Delange and quality hitters like McCullum and Yusuf and not to mention Ryan TenDoeschate who`s such a good player but he`s just sitting in the sheds watching McCullum getting out cheaply and never getting a chance...I have no idea what is wrong with KKR coz they should be beating teams out of the park but they are even losing to a depleted Daredevils...

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 9, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    "Jacques Kallis has more scores of 50 and over - 14 - than anyone else in IPL" --- he has played the most number of IPL games as an opening batsman. What is his strike rate? How many are getting this much favour from team management? Most of the reports now a days are very biased to some particular international players who the supporters think are "white elephants".

  • hamid_shahriar on April 9, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    "It was a good job by the bowlers but with this kind of batting we don't deserve to win." Gautam pls take a rest. U r dam idiot as a captain. with this all stars u r saying this kind of jokes. Play shakib and RTD with 2 other overseas each nd everyday. watch the result. otherwise u and ur selectors r wasting the money of SRK.

  • hamid_shahriar on April 9, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan scored 1011 runs for Rajasthan Royals at an average of 26.6 and strike-rate of 161.2, to go with 20 wickets. For Knight Riders, though, he is yet to score a fifty after 23 games, which have yielded him just 366 runs. Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't? oF course, writer has got the point ......

  • Arijit on April 9, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    KKR beat RCB very very comfortably in the Champions League not so long ago. Both sides are very similar to the ones that played then. If anything KKR stronger now with Baz and Narine as compared to RCB who have added Murali and Vinay.

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    There is only once slight chance for KKR to win......and for that Gayle should not be declared fit..hahahahahh.....

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan needs to be sent up in the order in order to perform. He cannot be kept as a no.7 batsman, he needs to give the responsibility by the captain and he also needs to accept the same.

    This is a real shame if everybody collectively are planning to let SRK down.

    They need to justify what SRK / KKR is paying them. High time to take the game in a serious mode and start winning.

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    It's time to get things right for KKR, means it's time to play the right team, means it's time to play SHAKIB AL HASAN the world's best all rounder!!!

  • Monjur_Elahi on April 9, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    KKR is good in changing captains, players, coaches and even management. Why not drop Gambhir from first XI. He is a flop with bat and the think hat. T20's are games of continuous attack and a player with an attacking mind would certainly help. KKR are loosing all the games anyway, so worth experimenting this. Gambhir should be dropped from the team compared with any standard in the team anyway!