Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 preview April 12, 2014

KKR old guard get solid back-ups

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Probable first XI


1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Chris Lynn/Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Morne Morkel/ Pat Cummins, 11 Umesh Yadav
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A year after winning the trophy - in 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders had an abysmal dip in fortune with the same line-up. No wonder then that when it came to retaining players, they only held onto Gautam Gambhir, their captain, and Sunil Narine, their most valuable player. The auction was a chance to redesign the team, cure the known deficiencies, but like other teams who have tasted success in the past, Knight Riders too made sure they were not wiping the slate clean.

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.

Big players


Ignore his strike rate of 105.53, the value Jacques Kallis brings to Knight Riders is immense. He has been their second-highest run-scorer and also their second-highest wicket-taker. Along with Gambhir, Kallis is the load-bearing member. After scoring more than 400 runs in two consecutive seasons, Kallis' form took a dip and it reflected in the team's results. This time, though, he will be in fresh after having hardly taken to the field since his retirement and will be needed more for his batting than the bowling.

He was the star of the 2008 season, but Yusuf Pathan's stocks have never really hit those pre-credit crunch era highs again. Gambhir, in the past three seasons, has been vocal in his support despite Yusuf managing a solitary half-century in 43 innings for Knight Riders. In contrast, he had four half-centuries in the opening season itself. But, Knight Riders continue to show faith and if the Yusuf's form in the domestic matches leading up to the IPL is any indicator, that trust might not be misplaced.

Bargain buy


At 1 crore or $166,000, Knight Riders managed to lay their hands on Pat Cummins, the young Australian fast bowler. Raw pace is a rare commodity in the IPL and usually attracts the buyers, but Cummins' patchy fitness record may have worked in favour of Knight Riders. If he can hold his body together, he will ruffle some batsmen.

Availability


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Odds


10/1 - least favoured among the eight teams.

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Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • iMpArTh92 on April 16, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    with this kind of lineup kkr must finish with 7 or 8 position in table

  • dasarpan23 on April 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    go for 3 spinners narine yadav chawla 3 allrounders kallis/tendo shakib yusuf 4 batsman gambhir robin pandey/lynn suryakumar 1 fast bowler morkel/vinaykumar

  • on April 16, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    if shakib is not useful why did kkr take him ?he feel scared ,1 bad performance can get him out. if he gets chance he will prove . it would be better if he could have played for hyderabad or other low ranked team cause he could get more chance to play.

  • on April 16, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    My choice are: 1. Gambhir, 2. Pandey, 3. Das, 4.Kallis, 5. Pathan, 6. Shakib, 7. Yadav, 8.Chawla, 9. Morkel, 10.Narine, 11. Yadav

  • Sanjh123 on April 16, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    I wanna see Kuldeep Yadav along with Sunil Narine (enough of Piyush Chawla). Sanju Samson & Deepak hooda should be playing for Rajasthan I guess.

  • on April 16, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    #ramz30380.shakib is much better all-rounder than jadeja,faulkner,maxwell,ashwin & other players.he will prove it again in the ipl.just give him the chance.

  • on April 16, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    if it is spin then: Gambhir, Pandey, uthappa,yusuf, bisla, chawla, umesh. 4 foreigners: narine,russell,morkel and shakib.

    for batting track: gambhir, pandey, uthappa, yusuf, bisla, Umesh, vinay. 4 foreigners: russell, narine, kallis, lynn.

    for fast bowling: gambhir, yusuf, uthappa, pandey, umesh, bisla, vinay. 4 foreigners: narine, morkel, lynn,kallis.

  • on April 16, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    My 4 overseas player for today--- kallis,,narine,,Shakib, ,,lyn,,,along with---- gambhir..Robin ..yousuf..manish..chawola..vinay..umesh.........3 pacer...4 spinners...

  • on April 16, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    I think they have a very good batter in the aussie Chris Lyn. He was one of the most destructive batsman in Big Bash League in Australia; one of the best finisher. If Yusuf Pathan fires, he and Lyn can be the killer punch they need on Indian/Gulf wickets.

  • niazbhi on April 16, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    KKR is no where close to teams like Mumbai or Chennai. Those teams have several high SR batsmen with decent average on the top (Raina, Anderson, Dhoni, Kohli, Taylor, Peterson, Rohit, Maxwell, Hodge type). Bisla, Uthappa, Ghamvir have to play at their best. Kallis is good I would take Bravo over (current) Kallis on 20/20s. Sakib is actually worse than other batsmen but he is ok for number 7. Chawla, Sakib are good and Narine is great. They just do not have quicks that can stop runs in the flat wickets. England's Jordan or WI's Cooper, Hendricks/Abbott should be better than Morkel and Vinay. Kallis used to be good at death. Not as good any more. No other team is spending two spots for foreign spinners. (Sakib would not get a spot based on only batting).

  • iMpArTh92 on April 16, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    with this kind of lineup kkr must finish with 7 or 8 position in table

  • dasarpan23 on April 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    go for 3 spinners narine yadav chawla 3 allrounders kallis/tendo shakib yusuf 4 batsman gambhir robin pandey/lynn suryakumar 1 fast bowler morkel/vinaykumar

  • on April 16, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    if shakib is not useful why did kkr take him ?he feel scared ,1 bad performance can get him out. if he gets chance he will prove . it would be better if he could have played for hyderabad or other low ranked team cause he could get more chance to play.

  • on April 16, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    My choice are: 1. Gambhir, 2. Pandey, 3. Das, 4.Kallis, 5. Pathan, 6. Shakib, 7. Yadav, 8.Chawla, 9. Morkel, 10.Narine, 11. Yadav

  • Sanjh123 on April 16, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    I wanna see Kuldeep Yadav along with Sunil Narine (enough of Piyush Chawla). Sanju Samson & Deepak hooda should be playing for Rajasthan I guess.

  • on April 16, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    #ramz30380.shakib is much better all-rounder than jadeja,faulkner,maxwell,ashwin & other players.he will prove it again in the ipl.just give him the chance.

  • on April 16, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    if it is spin then: Gambhir, Pandey, uthappa,yusuf, bisla, chawla, umesh. 4 foreigners: narine,russell,morkel and shakib.

    for batting track: gambhir, pandey, uthappa, yusuf, bisla, Umesh, vinay. 4 foreigners: russell, narine, kallis, lynn.

    for fast bowling: gambhir, yusuf, uthappa, pandey, umesh, bisla, vinay. 4 foreigners: narine, morkel, lynn,kallis.

  • on April 16, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    My 4 overseas player for today--- kallis,,narine,,Shakib, ,,lyn,,,along with---- gambhir..Robin ..yousuf..manish..chawola..vinay..umesh.........3 pacer...4 spinners...

  • on April 16, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    I think they have a very good batter in the aussie Chris Lyn. He was one of the most destructive batsman in Big Bash League in Australia; one of the best finisher. If Yusuf Pathan fires, he and Lyn can be the killer punch they need on Indian/Gulf wickets.

  • niazbhi on April 16, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    KKR is no where close to teams like Mumbai or Chennai. Those teams have several high SR batsmen with decent average on the top (Raina, Anderson, Dhoni, Kohli, Taylor, Peterson, Rohit, Maxwell, Hodge type). Bisla, Uthappa, Ghamvir have to play at their best. Kallis is good I would take Bravo over (current) Kallis on 20/20s. Sakib is actually worse than other batsmen but he is ok for number 7. Chawla, Sakib are good and Narine is great. They just do not have quicks that can stop runs in the flat wickets. England's Jordan or WI's Cooper, Hendricks/Abbott should be better than Morkel and Vinay. Kallis used to be good at death. Not as good any more. No other team is spending two spots for foreign spinners. (Sakib would not get a spot based on only batting).

  • Baundele on April 15, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    KKR will suffer big if they persist with Kallis. The great man has to score quickly, because the KKR top order does not have big hitters, who can bat around him. His strike rate creates extra pressure.

  • on April 15, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    welcome to shakib...best of luck kkr.go ahed.

  • ramz30380 on April 15, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @ Hasibush Shaheed & Farhan Sadik Riad - I know cricket mate, have played, performed and understand it well.... U are blinded by ur faith in BD players once again!

    No offense to Shakib, but including those two matches mentioned he has a pathetic avg of 22 against good teams this yr inspite of playing in his home ground! His ODI scores for this yr - 3, 24, 44, 20 & T20 scores - 26, 12, 0, 1, 38 & 66. His 38 & 66 came frm absolute batting paradises in his home ground! If u call this an in-form batsman's scores then god help BD!

    I think BD fans overrating of Shakib hasnt stopped as yet! And no. he is not the best all-rounder in the world - Jadeja, Faulkner, Maxwell, Ashwin(in tests), Sammy, Bravo, Philander, Mathews, Afridi, Parera, etc., are way ahead at the moment...

    In not so friendly batting tracks in the UAE, Shakib will struggle with the bat - thats wht i was emphasizing in my previous comment. Gambhir, Kallis will excel in such pitches!

  • Alauddin75 on April 15, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan played 2 IPL and both the occasions kkr reached semi final and final and won ipl. last season shakib didn't played, KKR finished 7th on the tournament . MIND IT!

  • on April 15, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Kallis will be a passenger. Oscar Pretorius probably picked up a bat in anger more recently than Kallis. Form, fitness and hunger for Kallis to perform and I am not sure he has the motivation for it anymore.

  • on April 15, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    i don't know how much Kallis & Yusuf will be helpful for KKR this time!!!!

  • on April 15, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Winning combination for KKR: Gambhir, Utthappa, Kallis, Lynn, Yusuf, Shakib, Bisla(wk), Piyush, Narine, Vinay, Umesh especially for UAE vanue

  • on April 15, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    @tanvir0452....wht nonsense???did u watch the recently concluded wt20??? I don't think u watch...shakib scored a fifty against da mighty aussies....he bowled very economically all through da trnamnt...he is a match winner...He is da world's best all rounder...don't talk stupid like this....plz check da stat 4m cricinfo about Shakib...

  • on April 15, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    @ ramz30380, I think you don't have much information about Cricket. Last 2 matches in the WC T20 ( Pakistan & Australia) Sakib made 38 and 61. So, please make solid argument with facts.

  • Fantastic_Pradi on April 15, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Good to see three Karnataka ranaji players in KKR team....I would have loved it if they were picked by RCB.

  • ramz30380 on April 15, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Shakib, Morne Morkel and Narine are the only 3 in this line up to come in with latest international experience out of which Shakib with the bat and Morne with the ball have been failures.... not so good signs for KKR.... I think they missed a trick or two at the auction - they shud have retained Mc Cullum..... Vinay Kumar and Uthappa come with some domestic form but how it will work against the likes of Hussey, Pollard, Rohit, Santokie, Malinga must be seen... All the best KKR

  • naveen_next on April 15, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Ideal combination: Gambir, Uttappa, Kallis/Russel, Manish pandey, Yusuf, Shakib, Bisla, Narine, Morkel, Vinay, Umesh

  • Knight_Rider_11 on April 15, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    The winning KKR XI would be as follows : 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. Lynn 4. Utthappa 5. Shakib 6. RTD 7. Manish 8. Chawla 9. Narine 10. Vinay 11. Umesh

    Kallis has a very low strike rate and KKR needs his knowledge more than his playing abilities now, he can take over as a coach from next year probably ... KKR need to play both Lynn and Shakib n also RTD in the foreign seamer slot as he can give a lot more value with the bat playing as the fast bowling all rounder.

  • tanvir0452 on April 15, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    black_bird, "Drop shakib at any cost. He will not score any run or will take any wicket. Just remember the last t20 wc." did you even watch t20 world cup...if not, then go through the cricinfo statistics... it is available here...

  • Ramesh_Joseph on April 15, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I think buying Kallis was a mistake. They should have picked up some hard hitting batsman instead. I will be happy if Kallis proves me wrong.

  • 10000000 on April 15, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    common Yusuf. u r best in IPL

  • on April 15, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Kallis should be left out as his strike rate is not satisfactory in t-20 cricket. Narine and Shakib will be the winning factors for KKR.

  • on April 15, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    KKR team looks very avg, key player ll b kallis+narine+shakib. But still, one can hardly expect them to make for play offs

  • on April 15, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    By seeing the probable 11 the team is looking too weak on batting but very strong on bowling. Four specialist pace bowlers with 3 specialist spinners. On the pitch of UAE having four specialist pacers won't make any sense to me, they should drop one or two and give a chance for Russel, Bisla or Das. Or just drop cummins and let in both Lynn and Shakib. Or may be Rusell at the place of Lynn, another good all rounder who could be very handy for the depth overs and can give good slower on the slow pitches of UAE.

    To me the best eleven should be - Gambhir, Bisla, Uthappa, Kallis, Sakib, Lynn/Rusell, Pathan, Das, Narine, Piyush and Yadav.

    KKR should have more batsman as they don't have many batsman on form. They have some vital all rounder like Shakib, Kallis and Russel and there both wicket keppers are good batsman, these are a advantage for them but they should use their players on a way that can turn them from the worst team of the tournament to the top team.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 15, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Looks the weakest team on paper. Too many bowlers (5 seamers and 3 spinners in the playing XI) and no reliable big hitters. A batting line up of six, none of whom are in their prime, one of whom played (miserably) in their respective countries International side. KKR is surely ending up among the last two.

  • aby_97 on April 15, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    1) I think Kallis should be opening the batting along with Gambhir pushing down Uthappa at No.3 because Kallis is not a big-hitting player anymore but he is capable of upping the ante by taking singles and ticking the scoreboard.

    2)Piyush Chawla at No.7 is not too great.He is a pretty good batsman but not a great hitter.He will mostly come to bat in the death and that too against the likes of Dale steyn/Malinga or good bowlers of each team.So Debabrata das should come in for Umesh Yadav as they already boast of many all-rounders who can fill in for him in the middle overs.

  • black_bird on April 15, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Drop shakib at any cost. He will not score any run or will take any wicket. Just remember the last t20 wc.

  • razibgp on April 15, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    This article tells lot about Kallis & Yusuf . . . Kallis still has something to offer but forget Pathan. He's a dead horse. An overrated player performing like minnow. Gambhir sud use this tournament as his comeback mission to Indian team. Think tank can use Shakib as a specialist batsman, although he's a handy left arm bowler suited to the condition. Bowling looks balanced, batsmen need to perform. All the best KKR . . .

  • on April 15, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Kallis should be left out as his strike rate is not satisfactory in t-20 cricket. Narine and Shakib will be the winning factors for KKR.

  • MaksNZ on April 15, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Pandey, Bisla and Uthappa should fire. They all have potential. They should take the burden of responsibility from the shoulders of Gambhir and Kallis so that they both can perform well.

  • Najjoo on April 15, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    KKR team looks very average on cards. Though I support this team rite from the beginning of IPL. The charm is fading away and the fan supports will decline soon. KKR management should pick the good players to retain its charm and the fan support. Should consider before recruiting retired players and the players out of form. They need true match winners...

  • on April 14, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Bowling has been consistent throughout these years with obvious few hiccups in between ....However Kallis is the only batsman I feel has been reliable since ... Batting needs to be backed up nowon for better future of KKR !!! @!< ¡¡ Gauti n Yusuf - KKR needs ur class with Bat !!! Looking forward to see some giid action !!!

  • on April 14, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    I think kkr management did good work at auction.. they hve bought smartly.. but I think there are two hitting batsmen short in their squad.. so they could buy glen Maxwell/Cory anderson/Ross Taylor or bm.. anywys they should Gv a chance to suryakumar yadav...

  • KARNAWAT33 on April 14, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Playing XI should be:

    Gambhir, Bisla, Robin, Kallis, Lynn, Shakib, Pathan, Das, Narine, Yadav, Vinay/Piyush.

    Bisla instead of Pandey because Bisla & Gambhir have done a decent job and it is very important for an opening pair to have a good chemistry. Chris Lynn anyday after his power packed performances. Shakib, Kallis and Narine are a given. Kallis can be swapped with Cummins if he doesn't do well (and that is a possibility). Das at 8 will provide depth to the tail and help KKR cut off Umesh and Vinay/Piyush's 80 runs (from the 8 overs), speaking frankly.

    In the practice match too, they didn't score big. Cummins ahead of Morkel, but really, not many wickets will have grass, then why just play a pace bowler for the heck of it.

    Narine, Shakib, Umesh, Vinay/Piyush and Kallis are giving u 20 overs along with Pathan's offies (Pie chucker).

    If KKR don't wanna be last time's Delhi they really should bat deep and become a formidable batting unit, which they can become.

  • sumit1982 on April 14, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    KKR will miss morgan heavily .Even kallis gr8 all-rounder of these era but it is t20 and their domestic batsmen are not so good.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on April 14, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    The squad does not look balanced. Gambhir/Uthappa wouldl have to shoulder responsibility big time. The middle and lower order batting looks rather weak if Chris Lynn is not played. Since Kallis' strike rate has been a big problem in many games, and with Yusuf has been failing almost 80% of the times, they do need to play Lynn definitely or the reliable Ten Doeschate. If Manish/Bisla do not perform consistently then KKR would find it very hard to make it to play-offs.

  • on April 14, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Shakib and Narine will be key for KKR..They are in good form...The pitch will suit both Shakib and Naaine.All the best to KKR

  • on April 14, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Now a days sakib al hassan good form kkr should play sakib on 2 down,

  • Subhajit111 on April 14, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    May be this year KKR team is not as good as the last seasons,but I think experience & form of particular players should play a vital role.At the top order Gambhir,Kallis,Robin, have to play the vital role.Because the middle order should feel lack of experience Manoj Tiwary's contribution.KKR have to choose the overseas player sensible as per pitch.The biggest plus point of this year KKR is their pace attack.But I think the two players Abdulla & Bhatia should be the biggest misses of this year for KKR.

  • razajawahiri on April 14, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    gambir,uttappa,bisla(wk),kalis,shakib,pathan,debrata das,chawla,vinay,narine,morkel.on sub continents 2 fast bowlers must b.kalis cn also bowl.all the bst kkr.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Kuldeep Yadav could be the revelation of this season. I see him playing for India in the future. He has to be selected in the playing XI (ahead of Chawla). If Uthappa & Gambhir fire at the top of the order and the spin trio (Narine-Kuldeep-Shakib) bowl well, KKR have a great chance of winning the trophy this year. - Not a KKR supporter

  • santanuXI on April 14, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Its not the worst team in the fray....old hands will have to deliver, if they are to reach qualifiers

  • on April 14, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    that 10/1 is wrongly written as 1/10 .. watch out for KKR this year...

  • 10000000 on April 14, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    not good at all, looks very normal

  • on April 14, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    I think kkr has enough pace battery this season so kallis even if he doesn't play till tendo is in d playing xi is fine. Tendo brings in the qualities of bowling which bhatia did for kkr and for me my playing xi is Gambhir, Uthappa, Tendo, Pandey, Yusuf, Shakib, Chawla, Vinay, Narine, Umesh, Morkel. If tendo plays at number 3, he will be getting more time at the crease. If pandey doesn't perform then Bisla is a good option because Uthappa is not a regular keeper. This team has Spinners, Fast, Medium Fast and Batsmen which fit the team.

  • on April 14, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    shakib al hasan should play in every match pf kkr. he has the ability to bat and bowl in crutial moments.

  • on April 14, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Seems that the new combination, though with 40 to50% players almost from that that from of the last edition, but still with dashing batsmen & penetrative pacers as shown in the playing composition, the rating at 10/1 - least favoured among the eight teams looks a little odd !

  • sajthemat18 on April 14, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    The line up should be gambhir,pandey/bisla,kallis,lynn,uthappa,pathan,shakib,piyush, vinay,narine,umesh ! uthappa should play in the middle order to make it stronger and he should play the role he played for rcb 3 seasons back which made pune spend about 2 million on him ! this lineup has enough batting and enough bowling to win most matches !

  • on April 14, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    gambhir is weakest link of kkr...

  • on April 14, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    really not getting it why people are suggesting kallis-morne-vinay-umesh all in the same playing XI!!!! why would u pick 4 fast bowlers on UAE or indian pitches is really beyond reasoning...if u pick russel or tendo in place of shakib there would be 5 pacers!!

  • on April 14, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Uthappa Gambhir Kallis/Lynn Pandey/Bisla Pathan Shakib/RTD Russel/Morkel Kuldip/Suryakumar Piyush Narine Yadav/Vinay/VRB

  • on April 14, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    No overseas specialist batsman other than Kallis who is not in his prime at all. He is expired batsman. This will cost them severely. Don't see any chance for this team. Doeschate should replace Kallis this year in first eleven. Doeschate, Shakib, Narine and Morkel/Cummins should be the overseas player most of the time.

  • secondopinion on April 14, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Certain to feature - Gambhir, Yusuf (unfortunately), Uthappa, Narine. Of the other 3 overseas, first choice should be Kallis, Tendo and Morkel. The "fillers" can be Suryakumar Yadav, Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey. This has 3 all-rounders, 4 pure bowlers and 4 pure batsmen. If Kallis or Tendo does not click, then either Lynn or Shakib. Russell is just too unreliable. Morkel's standby will be Cummins; Kuldip for Chawla. KKR's biggest weakness will be its fielding, in which Tiwary and Shukla will be badly missed.

  • on April 14, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    My lineup: Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, Uthappa, Yusuf, Shakib / Doeschate, Piyush / Suryakumar , Vinay, Narine, Morne / Cummins, Umesh

    The key to this lineup is that of Uthappa. He needs to play the role which he successfully did for RCB. A big striker and to provide momentum / finish the innings. Having Uthappa at the top makes the middle order slightly fragile as Yusuf is inconsistent.And Bisla has carved a niche for himself at the top for KKR, so no point demoting him.

  • Sagarneel on April 14, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Tendo, Lynn and Narine should be the three default foreign players for KKR. The fourth should be picked depending on the opposition. KKR did a crime by not giving Tendo enough opportunities, although he is one of the best players in this format. A lot will depend on the Abu Dhabi pitch, and since it is expected to be a batting track, they should bring their best hitters in business, even if it costs big names like Kallis and Morkel to sit out.

  • on April 14, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    I think kkr should change captain and drop Kallis

  • saithesailor on April 14, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I feel that Kallis is not suited to this format of cricket. He is a great player without any doubt but 20/20 is not his cuppa tea.The only player that KKR can strongly rely on is Sunil Naraine to deliver the goods...Rest all can be only good for a match or two...Cannot be consistent...

  • on April 14, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Robin must open all maches

  • on April 14, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    My Team....Gautam ,uthappa,pandey,Pathan,Ryan/Kallis ,Shakib,yadav,Chawla,Narine,Umesh,Morkel/russell....Depending On form And conditions..

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 14, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST Russel is very inconsistent. He's had one good game with the ball for the Windies in the past few months. His career economy I believe is around 8 or 9. Yes, he can explode with the bat, but I feel like Lynn will do a better job. I do agree however, that Tendo needs to play. With Narine a certainty, Shakib should be the other overseas player. Then if they include Yadav, Kumar and Chawla, they will have a three pace, three spin attack with plenty of firepower.

  • mrrrrrrrrrrrrr on April 14, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    yosuf pathan is in well form in this season he will hit mre sixes.....lets see......................

  • on April 14, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    1 J. Kallis , 2. R.Uthappa, 3. G.Gambir, 4. Y. Pathan, , 5. M Bisla/ m panday, 6. s. Hasan7 A.Russel 8.S.Naraine, , 9. V.Kumar, 10.P.Chawla 11. U.Yadhav

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 14, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    I'd play Russell instead of Morkel or Cummins as fast bowling isn't really big asset on these tracks and Russell bowled pretty well lately for W.I anyway yet also offers finisher option with bat and saves a good 12 runs a game with his outstanding boundary fielding as he's clearly the fastest guy to probably ever play the game. I'd also play Ten Doeschate ahead of Lynn as he has far more experience playing out here and is consistently good despite being under the radar and not getting the big recognition (likely as he's from an associate not top 8 Country).

  • on April 14, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    My11 will be Gambhir,bisla,Uthappa,Kallis,pathan,shakib,Russel,Chawla,narine,vinaykumar Umesh Russel bcoz he can hit a long way if needed like 12 in an over.He can be handy.

  • on April 14, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    KKR should play ryan ten doeschate. He was in great form in cl t20 2013 and kkr shouldnt repeat the same mistake of not picking him like last time. KKR should play kallis,shakib,ryan ten doeschate and narine as their four foreign players. Yusuf pathan should perform ....

  • on April 14, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    i am not satisfied with KKR line up becoz the squad is not good enough for t20. Lack of pinch hitters is the main disadvantage of KKR. Bowling is quiet OK but batting combination is poor most of the batsman are defensive players rather than hitters. So batting second is big problem for them. Anyway all the very best KKR. will see..

  • on April 14, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    KKR should play with C Lynn, R Tendoeschate, S Narine, Shakib Al Hasan as Their Four Forign players... G Gambhir R Uthappa S Hasan Y Pathan R Tendoeschate C Lynn D Das S Narine P Chawla V Kumar U Yadav

  • KnightRider12155 on April 14, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    For gods sake Srk, please play Ryan tendo this year.. He can change the course of the game single handedly... he is too good to warm the bench!!!

  • on April 14, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    I think kkr hava good players but need to concentrate on play

  • Baundele on April 14, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    KKR's main problem is their management. They have too much foreign resources; but they do not know how to use them. The team combination is never settled. Since they have too many quality players, they keep chopping and changing throughout the tournament with each defeat.

  • D-Coach on April 14, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    KKR in Batting Order 1. G.Gambir, 2. R.Uthappa, 3. J. Kallis, 4. M.Pandey, 5. C.Lynn, 6. Y. Pathan, 7. (i)SA.Hassan / (ii)A.Russel / (iii)RT.Doeschate / (a)M.Morkel / (b) P.Cummins, 8. P.Chawla, 9. V.Kumar, 10. S.Naraine, 11. U.Yadhav

    KKR left key position open. M.Morkel / P.Commins could be more than handy at any condition but by selecting him KKR might lose some strength in batting order as the might remove C.Lynn and shuffel the batting order to open with #2 M.Bisla and keep R.Uttappa in #5. 7th position can be selected / floated based on pitch condition.

    All the best KKR for IPL 2014.

  • on April 14, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    KKR looks very good in paper. But, i would rather see kallis opening with gambhir and robin pushed to no.3.. He s a devastating player in his day and KKR will be hoping that robin plays well in the tournament.I would rather see Suryakumar Yadav at no.6 and play shakib at 7,followed by chawla,vinay,narine and umesh.And Bisla should play instead of Pandey given his track record for KKR. On the whole, KKR has a well balenced bowling lineup with 3 star bowlers- narine,chawla and shakib. The batting too looks good, but it lacks the firepower other than yusuf and robin.. so that might hurt them a bit..so, my rating would be 7.5/10 for batting 8.5/10 on bowling..which is pretty good for a t20 outfit.KKR will be the DARKHORSEs this time..

  • on April 14, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    KKR in Batting Order 1. G.Gambir, 2. R.Uthappa, 3. J. Kallis, 4. M.Pandey, 5. C.Lynn, 6. Y. Pathan, 7. (i)SA.Hassan / (ii)A.Russel / (iii)RT.Doeschate / (a)M.Morkel / (b)

    P.Cummins, 8. P.Chawla, 9. V.Kumar, 10. S.Naraine, 11. U.Yadhav

    KKR left key position open. M.Morkel / P.Commins could be kmomre than handy at any condition but by selecting him KKR might lose some strength in batting order as the might remove C.Lynn and shuffel the batting order to open with #2 M.Bisla and keep R.Uttappa in #5. 7th postion can be floated based on pitch condition.

    All the best KKR for IPL 2014.

  • on April 14, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    I likely kkr x1 gambhir,uthappa,bisla,kallis,shakib,pathan,das,pat cummins,narine,yadav,vinay kumar

  • usernames on April 14, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    If I were to choose a team for KKR, it would be Pandey, Uthappa, Gambhir, Kallis, Pathan, Lynn, Kuldeep, Chawla, Narine, Cummins, Yadav.

    Vinay Kumar comes in for Chawla (and not Kuldeep) if there's a need.

  • benojir on April 14, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    I think Sakib will be be better than anyone if he get offer to play in every match...............

  • Rally_Windies on April 13, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    no one is a bargain buy .... Samuel Badree was bought for US$ 50,000 !

    the #1 20/20 bowler in the world was bought for US$ 50,000 !

    THAT is a BARGAIN ....

    everyone else is just a "good buy" after that

  • Click_Click_Cricket on April 13, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Narine might have hard times in this IPL. Teams seem to have figured out his bowling!

  • SanjivAwesome on April 13, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    I am afraid KKR should have dropped the old man that is Gauti, kept away from the trundle that is Vinay, and walked past the inconsistent that is Yusuf. But hey, it is KKR's money and if they are silly enough to spray it around based on historical emotions or likely potential of these players, then so be it. I am looking forward to the IPL! It is so much more relaxing than tracking Team India's trundlers!!

  • millsy24 on April 13, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Difference is that Pat Cummins is also a pretty good batsman as well, way better than Morkel. Lynn is also a gun bat in all forms of the game.

  • fr600 on April 13, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    KKR needs a better captain.

  • on April 13, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    they are most balanced unit as well as most boring unit of ipl. let us see how they go?

  • on April 13, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    1. Gambhir, 2. Bisla, 3. Kallis, 4. Utthapa, 5. Shakib/Lynn/Tendo, 6. Yusuf 7. Pandey, 8. Russell/Morkel/Cummins, 9. Chawlal, 10. Narine, 11. Yadav/ Vinay.

  • sheru-sher on April 13, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kallis is over the hill in T20. ( notwithstanding the class player he is.) Once the opposition negotiage Sunil Narine and try to get at least 20 runs from his 4 overs there is nothing left . batsmen will feast on Morkel, Yadav and Cummings on those flat tracts. Even Shakib is failing these days.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 13, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    I sincerely feel Kallis is a liability in T20 at his age. Ten Doeschate should be in the starting XI every game. Kallis can play the odd game as a complete all rounder in case there is a bit of grass on the pitch. KKR can make a fist of it if they play the right players in the right situation. I also feel Yusuf Pathan should open with Bisla. His talent is wasted at no.5.

  • on April 13, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    The 11 for kkr in eden/uae should be 1. Gambhir, 2. Uthappa(wk) 3. Kallis 4.lynn/doeschate 5.shakib 6. Yusuf 7. Manish pandey 8. Piyush/kuldeep 9. Narine 10. Vinay 11. Umesh. In this way they have good top and dependable middle order, thereby covering their weakness of lacking the explosive firepower. This team is very balanced with all Gambhir, Uthappa, vinay and yusuf striking form just before the start of ipl in domestic seasons.

  • on April 13, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    every body seems keen to include uthappa and Manish pandey in there playing eleven,but they might have forgotten that they were big failure for Pune and one of the bigest reason behind dismal showing of PUNE ilast two season along with Yuvaraj.Bisla must be in playing eleven as he has good temprament and proven match winner,

  • kahvas on April 13, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I hope Gauti comes back in the Indian side after this IPL. India badly needs Gauti to strengthen the batting lineup.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    @Ha8rick Agreed. Although I don't think they should play Kallis so much. He might do well this season, but without much international cricket I doubt he'll last long. Narine will play most games so the rest have to be picked. Shakib I feel will be very valuable first in the UAE and later at Eden Gardens. Plus his batting will add some firepower to the squad. Tendo is a much better T20 player than Kallis ad has perhaps more T20 experience than him. He is also more explosive with the bat. The last slot can go to Lynn or Cummins/Morkel. This will mostly depend on the team composition and needs, but Lynn would really shore u[ that batting order and add impetus down the order. On the other hand, one of the fast bowlers could help spice up the attack. They have potential, but they need to play their cards right. They can't waste Tendo and Shakib again.

  • Ha8rick on April 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    I don't understand why the KKR Management does not play Ryan TenDo from the beginning. He is a Class T20 player and whenever given the limited opportunity at the end of the season he has done well. He can surely full the #4 spot for a foreign player along with Kallis, Narine and Shakib. Time for them to get their act together and STOP playing Yusuf Pathan over and over again and play DB Das or some other Indian Hard Hitter. My suggestion for the opening game would be as follows: 01. Gambhir 02. Uthappa 03. Kallis 04. Ryan TenDo 05. Bisla 06. Manish Pandey 07. Shakib 08. Pathan/DB Das 09. Piyush Chawla 10. Vinay Kumar/Umesh Yadav 11. Narine

    This will give them plenty of Batting/Bowling and even keeping options.

  • shahancricinfoofficial on April 13, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Kkr have to strenghth their middle order. KKR probable xi- 1-gambhir,2-bisla,3- kallis, 4-uthappa, 5-yusuf pathan, 6-manish panday,7-sakib all hasan, 8-piyush chawala,9-binay kumar,10-narine, 11-morney morkel.They have 4 frontline bowler with 3 allrounder kallis,sakib and yusuf.they have stronger bowling line up than batting.

  • ramz30380 on April 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @RoyRulez I wud differ with u - I think CSK has the best spin combination at the moment - SRJ, Ashwin and Samuel Badree! Not to mention Raina!

    KKR has an in-form Vinay Kumar & Uthappa who needs to prove a point or two to the Indian selectors. Gambhir will also be vying to do the same... But in all honesty, I doubt whether they will be able to qualifiy for the play-offs!

    Anyways Kallis will be a treat to watch and knowing tht he has reitred from international cricket, it will make it all the more spl in seeing him play!

  • TeamSelector on April 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    There are at least 7 or 8 bowlers in this eleven, that's too many. Drop a couple of them & reinforce the batting. Two of the overseas slot will definitely go to Kallis & Narine. The other two should go to Cummins & Lynn (to test them out early).

    1-Bisla 2-Pandey 3-Gambhir 4-Kallis 5-Chris Lynn 6-Uthappa(wk) 7-Yusuf Pathan 8-Chawla 9-Narine 10-Cummins 11-Umesh Yadav

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Bisla should open along with Gauti... having chawla as the 7th bat is no use.... one of the indian fast bowlers should drop out

  • Edansad on April 13, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    In uae condition picking up 3 pacer in top 11 is not a good choice for Kkr.I would like to strength their batting side so my 11 will be 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7chris lynn 8Piyush Chawla, 9Vinay Kumar, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I'm afraid that Vinay Kumar might lead the bowling attack

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think this is wrong KKR won their IPL in 2012 not 2011

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    My Playing XI-1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Morne Morkel,11 Umesh Yadav

  • Rakes7 on April 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Kkr have to strenghth their middle order. KKR probable xi- 1-gambhir,2-bisla,3- kallis, 4-uthappa, 5-yusuf pathan, 6-manish panday,7-sakib all hasan, 8-piyush chawala,9-binay kumar,10-narine, 11-morney morkel.They have 4 frontline bowler with 3 allrounder kallis,sakib and yusuf.they have stronger bowling line up than batting

  • RoyRulez on April 13, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    The punters haven't put their bets on KKR probably because they do not have any Team India players... but they are the most balanced team IMO...

    And if spin really dictates the tournament, KKR will go a long way as they have by far the strongest spin armory!!!

    Please lose the first game (for good luck)!!!

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  • RoyRulez on April 13, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    The punters haven't put their bets on KKR probably because they do not have any Team India players... but they are the most balanced team IMO...

    And if spin really dictates the tournament, KKR will go a long way as they have by far the strongest spin armory!!!

    Please lose the first game (for good luck)!!!

  • Rakes7 on April 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Kkr have to strenghth their middle order. KKR probable xi- 1-gambhir,2-bisla,3- kallis, 4-uthappa, 5-yusuf pathan, 6-manish panday,7-sakib all hasan, 8-piyush chawala,9-binay kumar,10-narine, 11-morney morkel.They have 4 frontline bowler with 3 allrounder kallis,sakib and yusuf.they have stronger bowling line up than batting

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    My Playing XI-1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Morne Morkel,11 Umesh Yadav

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think this is wrong KKR won their IPL in 2012 not 2011

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I'm afraid that Vinay Kumar might lead the bowling attack

  • Edansad on April 13, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    In uae condition picking up 3 pacer in top 11 is not a good choice for Kkr.I would like to strength their batting side so my 11 will be 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7chris lynn 8Piyush Chawla, 9Vinay Kumar, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • on April 13, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Bisla should open along with Gauti... having chawla as the 7th bat is no use.... one of the indian fast bowlers should drop out

  • TeamSelector on April 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    There are at least 7 or 8 bowlers in this eleven, that's too many. Drop a couple of them & reinforce the batting. Two of the overseas slot will definitely go to Kallis & Narine. The other two should go to Cummins & Lynn (to test them out early).

    1-Bisla 2-Pandey 3-Gambhir 4-Kallis 5-Chris Lynn 6-Uthappa(wk) 7-Yusuf Pathan 8-Chawla 9-Narine 10-Cummins 11-Umesh Yadav

  • ramz30380 on April 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @RoyRulez I wud differ with u - I think CSK has the best spin combination at the moment - SRJ, Ashwin and Samuel Badree! Not to mention Raina!

    KKR has an in-form Vinay Kumar & Uthappa who needs to prove a point or two to the Indian selectors. Gambhir will also be vying to do the same... But in all honesty, I doubt whether they will be able to qualifiy for the play-offs!

    Anyways Kallis will be a treat to watch and knowing tht he has reitred from international cricket, it will make it all the more spl in seeing him play!

  • shahancricinfoofficial on April 13, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Kkr have to strenghth their middle order. KKR probable xi- 1-gambhir,2-bisla,3- kallis, 4-uthappa, 5-yusuf pathan, 6-manish panday,7-sakib all hasan, 8-piyush chawala,9-binay kumar,10-narine, 11-morney morkel.They have 4 frontline bowler with 3 allrounder kallis,sakib and yusuf.they have stronger bowling line up than batting.