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The Preview by Devashish Fuloria
April 12, 2014
Agarkar: Performance of Indian batsmen key for KKR
Probable first XI
They threw in their right-to-match cards to pull in Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis, two players on which they have heavily invested in the past, but more importantly covered a couple of important weaknesses; a middle order that lacked girth to take the weight of the top order and a mediocre pace-attack lacking survival skills on patta pitches. Only time will tell if the money was spent wisely but on paper, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey do add much needed spunk to the batting order that relies heavily on the trio of Gambhir, Kallis and Yusuf.
More remarkable however is the change in complexion of the team's pace resources. While other teams made headlines during the auction for either the money they spent or the steal they made in a deal, Knight Riders efficiently beefed up their arsenal with Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Pat Cummins and Vinay Kumar.
Knight Riders strength though remains in the variety of their spinners. Narine will have the support of a wily legspinner in Piyush Chawla, a smart left-armer in Shakib Al Hasan and a rare breed - a chinaman bowler in Kuldeep Yadav. Cricketing bases covered, they have also hired explorer Mike Horn to add steel to their approach. The only apparent weakness in this line-up seems to be the inconsistency within.
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