Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 23, 2012

Kolkata take on deflated Deccan

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 24, Kolkata
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

What will it take for Deccan Chargers to get a win? They have made 196 and lost, they have failed to defend 18 off the final over, they have dropped catches and fielded poorly with embarrassing regularity. They are in imminent danger of having to win every remaining match to make the knockouts if their run of five consecutive losses extends further.

Chargers do not have the luxury, like Delhi Daredevils had, of big signings arriving through the tournament to boost them. The current set of players will have to start a turnaround. On evidence of their showing so far, it seems an uphill task. Both their overseas and domestic players have struggled.

Kolkata Knight Riders are on solid ground. They have had their customary stutters almost every game, but apart from the narrow loss to Kings XI Punjab at home, they haven't thrown it away. Having defeated Chargers convincingly on Sunday on a Cuttack pitch that resembled the one at Eden Gardens in its slowness, they will start favourites.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders WWLWW
Deccan Chargers LLLLL

Players to watch

The only game in which Chargers posted a daunting total, against Rajasthan Royals, JP Duminy made an unbeaten 58 from just 26 deliveries. He came in at No. 4 that day; he's batted at No. 5 in his other two innings. Despite getting reasonable starts, Chargers have struggled to get going in the later stages of their innings. Another promotion for Duminy would not be a bad idea.

Yusuf Pathan has made 29 runs from seven games at a strike-rate of 82.85 and gone wicketless in ten overs at an economy-rate of 8.70. Knight Riders have been maintaining that Yusuf is one innings away from finding his destructive touch. How long a rope will he be given by the team management?

Stats and trivia

  • Yusuf made 1011 runs in 42 innings at a strike-rate of 161.24 for Rajasthan Royals. For Knight Riders, his strike-rate drops to 128.81 for just 380 runs scored in 21 innings.

  • Shikhar Dhawan is Chargers' leading run-getter this season with 208 at a strike-rate of 126.82. No other Chargers batsman has made even 100 runs.

    Quotes

    "I think in the last four matches we've played good cricket. It's just that at the big moments we've made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field, whether it be a poor over, a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time."
    Trevor Penney, Chargers' fielding coach

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Alboyy on April 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    half way through d league matches..its high time yusuf started firing...KKR mgmt has quite a few good options in shakib,tendo...narine seems to b perfect buy...lee,bhatia,balaji hav backed up well..feel shakib ul hasan can b a better option..bowlin dept is fin..gambhir has done well at d helm..only has selection worries:-)deccan very unlucky dis time..hav made quite a lot f mistakes..but hav enuf resources to bounce bak...

  • Sharad_GR8 on April 24, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    i think KKR get out McCullam or Yousuf too. And giving the Chance Eoin Morgan or Tendo Also Tendo is a very good Hitter and All-Rounder also he has a Ability to perform when team has no way. he can change the game in the last moment. Eoin also a Good T20 Batsman he has a lots of Uncommon Shot power. KKR now 3rd in the point table. this time KKR a should take a chance Played a new best 11 GOOD LUCK KKR

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Due to the slowness of wicket ,McCullum will be replaced by Tendo/Morgan and Brett lee will be replaced by Shakib and Abdulla will play instead of Pathan !!! KKR Korbo lorbo Jeetbo!!!!;)

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Shakib just play your normal game if you get chance . Next yr. you will play full time for another team and l show your talent .

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    KKR need Shakib in place of Kallis...& Morgan In place of Mccullum.

  • swaroop677 on April 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    hope the rain vanishes the game and that takes the deccan chargers to open their points table

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Which is best: Brett Lee 18 wickets in 30 match or Shakib 17 wickets in 10 match?????? I m surprised for which reason Tendo is in the team???????????? He is not been a Batsman, a bowler or a fielder......??????

  • remnant on April 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    It seems every board related to KKR is filled up with one thing only: Shakib, Shakib Shakib. Don't know what the BD crowd is going to acheive by its incessant moaning and waving of statistics. Well if Shakib is so good then why has BD won so little. And no one fluke victory like Asia Cup does not mean the world! If that was the case then BD's ranking would have been much higher.

    Shakib is a good player better than average, and an asset in truning conditions, but the foreigner quota of 4 means you can only play him in certain pitches, primarily for his bowling, while keeping the option open at times for more exclusive batters, which is why a misfiring mc Cullum often gets a chance.

    I beleive that instead of Mc Cullum it should be Morgan who should be given a chance along with Shakib, Narine and Kallis. Moreover KKR should stop chasing; if they can, on such 5th day pitches at Kolkota if they want to add points.

  • British_North_America on April 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Eden Garden is not suitable as a venue. boring.It should be discarded from IPL.

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Sandaruwan Silva =stats speak for itself.shakib's from bd doesn't make him a bad player.shakib could be the best player in the world based on form.did you see kallis's economy rate in this ipl(7.61).look before you talk.what's kallis doing in the death overs.even his batting is not upto mark.shakib's become the 5th highest wicket taker for kkr in just 15 matches.kallis is good for test but t20 & one-day doesn't suit him.Shakib got 6 wickets and 23 runs from 3 match and also got man of the match in one match.

  • Alboyy on April 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    half way through d league matches..its high time yusuf started firing...KKR mgmt has quite a few good options in shakib,tendo...narine seems to b perfect buy...lee,bhatia,balaji hav backed up well..feel shakib ul hasan can b a better option..bowlin dept is fin..gambhir has done well at d helm..only has selection worries:-)deccan very unlucky dis time..hav made quite a lot f mistakes..but hav enuf resources to bounce bak...

  • Sharad_GR8 on April 24, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    i think KKR get out McCullam or Yousuf too. And giving the Chance Eoin Morgan or Tendo Also Tendo is a very good Hitter and All-Rounder also he has a Ability to perform when team has no way. he can change the game in the last moment. Eoin also a Good T20 Batsman he has a lots of Uncommon Shot power. KKR now 3rd in the point table. this time KKR a should take a chance Played a new best 11 GOOD LUCK KKR

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Due to the slowness of wicket ,McCullum will be replaced by Tendo/Morgan and Brett lee will be replaced by Shakib and Abdulla will play instead of Pathan !!! KKR Korbo lorbo Jeetbo!!!!;)

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Shakib just play your normal game if you get chance . Next yr. you will play full time for another team and l show your talent .

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    KKR need Shakib in place of Kallis...& Morgan In place of Mccullum.

  • swaroop677 on April 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    hope the rain vanishes the game and that takes the deccan chargers to open their points table

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Which is best: Brett Lee 18 wickets in 30 match or Shakib 17 wickets in 10 match?????? I m surprised for which reason Tendo is in the team???????????? He is not been a Batsman, a bowler or a fielder......??????

  • remnant on April 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    It seems every board related to KKR is filled up with one thing only: Shakib, Shakib Shakib. Don't know what the BD crowd is going to acheive by its incessant moaning and waving of statistics. Well if Shakib is so good then why has BD won so little. And no one fluke victory like Asia Cup does not mean the world! If that was the case then BD's ranking would have been much higher.

    Shakib is a good player better than average, and an asset in truning conditions, but the foreigner quota of 4 means you can only play him in certain pitches, primarily for his bowling, while keeping the option open at times for more exclusive batters, which is why a misfiring mc Cullum often gets a chance.

    I beleive that instead of Mc Cullum it should be Morgan who should be given a chance along with Shakib, Narine and Kallis. Moreover KKR should stop chasing; if they can, on such 5th day pitches at Kolkota if they want to add points.

  • British_North_America on April 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Eden Garden is not suitable as a venue. boring.It should be discarded from IPL.

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Sandaruwan Silva =stats speak for itself.shakib's from bd doesn't make him a bad player.shakib could be the best player in the world based on form.did you see kallis's economy rate in this ipl(7.61).look before you talk.what's kallis doing in the death overs.even his batting is not upto mark.shakib's become the 5th highest wicket taker for kkr in just 15 matches.kallis is good for test but t20 & one-day doesn't suit him.Shakib got 6 wickets and 23 runs from 3 match and also got man of the match in one match.

  • on April 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Shakib should replace Kallis.. I mean kallis has been consistently failed in almost all of the IPL matches this season if u check the records.. Whereas shakib was dropped just a match after he was the man of the match.. That friggin insane!!

  • audacity on April 24, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @Ahmed Ishtiaque, KKR has 8 batsman(count bhatia and das). and now 3 spots remaining for bowlers. if narine plays, they have 3 specialized(for T20) bowlers. if shakib plays, only 2 specialized bowlers!!! it is hard to win a T20 with 2 bowlers. i guess this fact instigated gambhir to take narine . i know shakib is good at batting and bowling. he is readymade choice in test & odi. but in T20 people have a bit of concern to keep faith in Shakib. i think this is the main reason guys.

  • on April 24, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Eoin Morgan deserves a place in playing 11above all sitting on the bench.

  • AKM_Saifullah on April 24, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    KKR should play Kallis, Eion Morgan, Shakib and Naraine today.

  • ravikini on April 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    As long as Yusuf plays for KKR they cannot progress. Period. I also don't like the temperament around KKR ans CSK. These 2 teams have forgotten to smile and relax and enjoy their game. Both are obsessed with winning, but all the time they are gloomy. Have fun guys. Don't be so glum

  • on April 24, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    It is funny all KKR fans coming up with their team. DC fans are simply too disgusted to be seen here. Pick any team and KKR will win. DC is a shattered team with thoughtless team selection. The breaking news for DC: Darren Bravo will miss IPL. @DC fans: Why is Chipli your pick? He cost DC two matches already. DCarelikely to create anewrecord: Stay winless throughout the long tournament.

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    where is rusty theron he still has not gat a game and he is a good allrounder

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Hope Yousuf will be fire and Sakib will be manage the damage today at Eden garden. Best of luck KKR...

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I don't like Gambhir as a Captain. He is grumpy. He is always finding the right combination, by the time he finds it completely I afraid if KKR is knocked out of the tournament. Those who are saying Shakib is not taken because those pitches suit Fast Bowlers, then why is Sunil there in the team? Both Sunil and Shakib took 2 wickets per match at an average. But Sahkib can bat. Yusuf needs a right and static plan for him to come into good form. He seems to be confused about his role as a batsman. Mccullum is getting the place in the team for what? only KKR management knows the reason.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 24, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    To all dear KKR fans ----please accept the hard truth -- it doesn't matter who plays and who warms the bench -- either it's Shakib or Tendo or X or Y or Z......at the end of the day --- Kalam Miya and Pattha Yusuf will keep playing --- AND "DA KKR" will not make into semis. So have patience --- because patience is virtue!!!!!

  • ranga_s on April 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I still feels DC has a chance to impress in the tournament. IMO they try to compensate for their poor fielding and ordinary bowling by posting even more runs and eventually end up in no where. They have heart for sure otherwise it's not easy to drag game after game to the last over only to lose every time. It's a shattered team having players with no idea what there roles are. If this gets through to any where that matter I hope they field the following unit in the following order.

    Dhawan, Partiv, Sangakkara, Duminy, Chipli, Ravi Teja, Gony, Steyn, Ankit Sharma, Mishra, Veer Pratap Singh.

  • audacity on April 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @akashhaque, shakib didnt play last 2 matches because of the nature of the pitch. those pitches more suit pacer like brett lee and batsman mccullum (though i think instead of BM KKR should have used morgan or tendo). so dont blame shakib. today in eden garden, he will surely play. KKR should also use iqbal abdullah.

  • TeamSelector on April 24, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Okay, that's it ....... I am officially fed up with both Yusuf Pathan & Baz McCullum. They are the two most explosive batsmen in the KKR side & neither one is firing. & they'e the difference between a 140 score & a 180 score. & where the heck is Eoin Morgan ... this bloke can bat !!! I also think KKR needs an experienced all-rounder @ #6 ........ either Shakib or Tendo to play the role of a finisher. Gambhir is good at the top .... with Kallis calmness @ #4. 1-Bisla, 2-Gambhir, 3-Tiwari, 4-Kallis, 5-Das, 6-Shakib, 7-Yusuf Pathan, 8-Brett Lee, 9-Bhatia, 10-Sunil Narine, 11-Balaji.

  • on April 24, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    KKR ..... play the same team. U going great guns ..... Yusuf and Mccullum are just ready to go .... u need to take one more chance with them.

  • Bodruddoza on April 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Sakib is number one all rounder in the world. but he is not selected for matches? but mcculam is a batsman. now his form is down. if he out within few runs he cant recover by other side. but sakib can. so management should think about sakib.

  • Adithegreat on April 24, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Too much talk on shakib. Nobody here seems to take into account the fact that KKR has a world class t20 specialist in Eoin Morgan who has been benched. If Mccullum's failures continue morgan is the option and he s definitely a better player. A very handy fielder too

  • jhumon_sydney on April 24, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Is Gambir getting any share from Pathan's million dollar auction?I did not find any other reason to drop Pathan.How come one player is playing the half of the tournament without scoring any double figure.

  • on April 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    DC is in a shell and unlikely to win any match this year. The franchise made stupid mistale of giving Pietersen, Ojha and Harmeet away. They will get nervous in the death overs and collapse. They have lousy team selection with useless players like Chipli, While, Jaggi and to some extent Christian always finding place in 11. They should experiment with some new allrounders like Biplab, Atchuta or Quadri.

  • Dsrk on April 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    KKR's really been good in the last few matches... credit to their bowling and fielding efforts.. their batting has been really poor.. the only in-form batsman is Gautam Gambhir.. Mccullum's unpredictable.. you never know when he gets going or when he doesnt.. you cant depend on him to fire or wait for him to.. Kallis has done a decent job with the bat and ball.. I think its high time that Eoin Morgan gets his chance... he is an excellent t20 batsman and can replace Mccullum.. he should be given a chance..and besides, KKR needs a stable middle order batting... their openers are good.. the only thing that lacks is the firepower in the middle order batting.. Morgan can easily provide the firepower... or maybe KKR can give Shakib a chance too... he's way better than mccullum at the moment

  • fklap on April 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I wish to KKR & SRK for win this match. today gauti & mgmnt. should send yousuf as opener or no3 if he fails for 2 more matches then send him on the rest bench, but i am sure yousuf will be special today for KKR, they should drop McCullum and bring Morgan is the site, biggest advantage with yousuf is he can turn the match and KKR dont have Domestic Player like Pathan and his Power, so all the best KKR SRK, gauti and pathan,

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Dearest fellow Bangladeshis, patience is virtue. The players are being played to the merit of the playing conditions so depending on the pitches, bowlers and bowling all-rounders are being chosen, hence the exclusion of Shakib Al Hasan.

    On the other hand, dearest Mr. akashhaque, I hope you start following world cricket more. IPL is not the world, Mr. Hasan knows the value of his wicket and sending someone like him to face deliveries in the 18th over won't help KKR!

    If Shakib is in, he needs to be sent in at number 5 to do some damage to the oppositions bowling!

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Shakib's batting is playing a major role for his selection in the team. He is quite good with bowling but his batting in all 3 matches which he played was nothing to be proud of.

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    shakib should really play today! since it's a spinner's pitch i think shakib is gonna play! i think they will leave out lee in place of shakib. But still lee has a good economy rate. hope for the best

  • haseeb.ahmed on April 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    KKR must go with the combinatin they had in previous match, inclusion of shakib will disturb the combination. even though mcCullum hasnt been in form in ipl but he is way way better hitter of a ball than shakib besides shakib in his two matches doesn't score with bat either

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Why is sunny sohal not given a chance.Among 4 foriegn players (1)sanga (2) jp (3) rusty theron (4) dale steyn.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    playing 11 best possible for DC Dhawan, Patel, sanga, white, duminy, teja, samantray, ankit, amit, steyn, rajan. Just samantray inplace of jaggi. He can bowl and has potential to play attacking long inningses. And Teja in place of veer pratap. They need a batsmen. Steyn, rajan, samantray, ankit, amit, duminy can bowl. And in a slow pitch like kolkata it is enough to take 2 pacers. Ankit, steyn, ankit, rajan, amit, rajan, amit, samantray, amit, samantray, ankit, samantray, ankit, samantrai, steyn, amit, steyn, rajan, steyn, rajan. White and duminy can b reserve bowlers.

  • satish619chandar on April 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    All i wish is, Deccan to finish it off atleast once.. Having a decent team but no support to Steyn is hurting them.. why can't they just bolster their bowling a bit by adding a pure bowler there? They got Theron who used to be good in shorter formats.. Sanga, Duminy, Theron and Steyn should be their foreigners and Dhawan, Parthiv, Anandrajan, Mishra, Ankit should be sure starters.. It leaves two slots to be filled up.. Better to give it to Ashish reddy and VP Singh?

  • vickytheboss on April 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Deccan is still a very gud team but need some confident players. If they aren't filled their foreign player slots, then please go for kevin o'brien or brendan taylor(zim) bcoz Darren bravo wont be available and sangakkara and white re out of form. Duminy and steyn re performing well but that is not enough. Or take some england t20 batsmans like Bopara, kieswetter, trott or take bowlers like james anderson or swann. Without spending money, DC cant make it to play offs.

  • akashhaque on April 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Dear all Bangladeshi friends, I think Shakib need to learn the value of his wicket.Knowing very well that his place in first XI is not garenteed.So why to play like a kid(in the Punjub match)? He showed zero maturity in that match, so I think he need to pay for it, and look he is paying.Naraine is almost parmanent in the team now.So let Shakib to learn the value of his wicket and gain more maturity.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    It is wise decision for KKR mgt must change Y pathan and shall select Sakib otherwise lose in future surely because Yusuf Pathan has made 29 runs from seven games at a strike-rate of 82.85 and gone wicketless in ten overs at an economy-rate of 8.70.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    i m nt undrstng why KKR is not taking SHAKIB in playng 11... ? he is very good all rounder ,, Brendon MCullum shoould be dropped out

  • Sukumar_Kantri on April 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @nipuna27 I really feel Chipli is a bad choice to be in the DC team now. His dropped catches & sloppy fielding against RR& DD had made DC lose those matches which should have been won. If those catches were taken, it would have been a diff scenario and DC would not be in such a worst situation now.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on April 24, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    DC got good starts in last 4 matches. They failed to score well in last 5 overs and failed to stop leaking runs at death. More importantly dropped catches made them lose. If half of the 6 dropped catches were taken, DC would have won atleast 3 matches by now and the contest would be more tight. Now they should concentrate on their fielding,death bowling and a little on death batting.

    My choice for playing XI today is Dhawan(Bat),Sanga(Bat),JP(Bat),Patel(Bat,wk),Akshath/Ravi(Bat), Ashish/Quadri(AR),Amit(Bwl),Ankit(Bwl),Dale(Bwl),Rusty(Bwl),Anand/Sudhindra(bwl).

    Chipli wont be a good choice bcoz his sloppy fielding & dropped catches had cost 2 matches for DC.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Dont worry guys.... today SHAKIB will play for sure, as u know kolkata pitch is quite slow, so SHAKIB is the best option.....@Mafuzur @mousumi ..... B.Macculum is a worldclass batsman , u cant compare him to shakib who is good in spinning department, ......ya i agree macculum is in a bad phase nowadays..

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Raiyan24r@; r u mad, Shakib is better than Kallis?

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Shakib is better than Kallis and if you don't believe me then check and compare the Player Rankings of the two in both bat and ball plus the overall all-rounder rankings in both Tests and ODIs and don't forget Kallis plays more games then Shakib but still can't beat him this just shows Shakib consistency :)"

  • Baundele on April 24, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    KKR team selection is based on toss: Kallis must play and then the toss decides about the other three.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    My dream KKR Team, Batting Line up should be like: 1. Kallis 2. Gambhir, 3.Shakib, 4. Bisla, 5. Monoj, 6. Yusuf, 7.Das, 8. Brett Lee, 9. Bhatia 10. S. Naraine, 11. Balaji. I pray to god, "please give KKR management some sort of thinking to bring Shakib instead of Brendon McCullum." Brendon does not make any value to the team. The big thing is, KKR will get 160 million more supporters if they play Shakib.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Shakib is a great asset if he is in playing 11. They should properly use his abilities rather sitting is duggout.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    McCullum is playing so poorly. I dont know why he is persisted with. Kallis hasnt been that great also. Pathan has been very poor as well. KKR: 1. Gambhir 2. ten Doeschate 3. Kallis 4. Bisla 5. Shakib 6. Tiwary 7. Das 8. Bhatia 9. Narine 10. Lee 11. Balaji

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul These are the averages in ODI's of so called best allrounder as in ICC list. Only away games(2006-11)-M-47,R-1270,Bat.Avg.-30.23,W-51,Bowl.Avg.-36.21. Now,any rational person can deduce d value of player. As i can see that against quality players,and in away conditions,the metal of Mr.No.1 All Rounder takes a downturn. His batting avg. should be atleast around 40 and bowling below 30,acc. to me,to even consider him to b the best.Only playing zimbabwe or weak west-indies,may make u look larger. As was the case wid Indian team when dey became No.1 is ICC Test Rankings. Now to further my point anybody can check the stats of Shakib in Statguru for T-20's also. So u will easily come to know that the HULLABALOO for this person is just insane... Dnt be irate these are just the facts..:)

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I believe Pathan must be come at No. 3 if KKR gets a good start. Atleast in place of Bisla.....

  • nipuna27 on April 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    My playing 11 is :- 1) S. Dahwan 2) P. Patel 3) B Chipli 4) K Sangakkara 5) JP Duminy 6) Akshath Reddy/ Ravi Teja 7) A Mishra 8) Ankit Sharma 9) Dale Steyn 10) Rusty Theron 11) Anand Rajan

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    shakib is a better batsman than Gauti and kallis.Gauti's ranking is 17 and kallis's is 14,whereas,shakib is in 12.shakib in bowling has the second best average in ipl 2012 after malinga and has the 5th best economy rate among original bowlers.Again,he is in 18th position in top wicket-takers with 6 from just 3 matches. BEAT THAT.

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    KKR won 2 matches without Shakib. But they should also understand, after taking Shakib into the team, they started to win. Unbelievable, World's no. 1 all rounder is sitting on the side bench. Its quite funny too.

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    I want to see Shakib Al Hasan playing in KKR in place of McCullum. Look at the past record of both players. McCullum has got nowhere near quality to Shakib. Shakib is far better player than Brendon McCullum. So, why not Shakib? Shakib got 6 wickets and 23 runs from 3 match and also got man of the match in one match. But KKR management does not have intelligent brain to pick up the best eleven. If they had good brain, they would not have taken Shakib on side bench. Because, He did not become world no. 1 allrounder over night.

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  • on April 24, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    I want to see Shakib Al Hasan playing in KKR in place of McCullum. Look at the past record of both players. McCullum has got nowhere near quality to Shakib. Shakib is far better player than Brendon McCullum. So, why not Shakib? Shakib got 6 wickets and 23 runs from 3 match and also got man of the match in one match. But KKR management does not have intelligent brain to pick up the best eleven. If they had good brain, they would not have taken Shakib on side bench. Because, He did not become world no. 1 allrounder over night.

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    KKR won 2 matches without Shakib. But they should also understand, after taking Shakib into the team, they started to win. Unbelievable, World's no. 1 all rounder is sitting on the side bench. Its quite funny too.

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    shakib is a better batsman than Gauti and kallis.Gauti's ranking is 17 and kallis's is 14,whereas,shakib is in 12.shakib in bowling has the second best average in ipl 2012 after malinga and has the 5th best economy rate among original bowlers.Again,he is in 18th position in top wicket-takers with 6 from just 3 matches. BEAT THAT.

  • nipuna27 on April 24, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    My playing 11 is :- 1) S. Dahwan 2) P. Patel 3) B Chipli 4) K Sangakkara 5) JP Duminy 6) Akshath Reddy/ Ravi Teja 7) A Mishra 8) Ankit Sharma 9) Dale Steyn 10) Rusty Theron 11) Anand Rajan

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    I believe Pathan must be come at No. 3 if KKR gets a good start. Atleast in place of Bisla.....

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul These are the averages in ODI's of so called best allrounder as in ICC list. Only away games(2006-11)-M-47,R-1270,Bat.Avg.-30.23,W-51,Bowl.Avg.-36.21. Now,any rational person can deduce d value of player. As i can see that against quality players,and in away conditions,the metal of Mr.No.1 All Rounder takes a downturn. His batting avg. should be atleast around 40 and bowling below 30,acc. to me,to even consider him to b the best.Only playing zimbabwe or weak west-indies,may make u look larger. As was the case wid Indian team when dey became No.1 is ICC Test Rankings. Now to further my point anybody can check the stats of Shakib in Statguru for T-20's also. So u will easily come to know that the HULLABALOO for this person is just insane... Dnt be irate these are just the facts..:)

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on April 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    McCullum is playing so poorly. I dont know why he is persisted with. Kallis hasnt been that great also. Pathan has been very poor as well. KKR: 1. Gambhir 2. ten Doeschate 3. Kallis 4. Bisla 5. Shakib 6. Tiwary 7. Das 8. Bhatia 9. Narine 10. Lee 11. Balaji

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Shakib is a great asset if he is in playing 11. They should properly use his abilities rather sitting is duggout.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    My dream KKR Team, Batting Line up should be like: 1. Kallis 2. Gambhir, 3.Shakib, 4. Bisla, 5. Monoj, 6. Yusuf, 7.Das, 8. Brett Lee, 9. Bhatia 10. S. Naraine, 11. Balaji. I pray to god, "please give KKR management some sort of thinking to bring Shakib instead of Brendon McCullum." Brendon does not make any value to the team. The big thing is, KKR will get 160 million more supporters if they play Shakib.

  • Baundele on April 24, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    KKR team selection is based on toss: Kallis must play and then the toss decides about the other three.