The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) teams Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Strengths, Weaknesses, IPL Records, Key Players, Captain, Full Schedule, Statistics, LIVE Streaming All you need to know about KKR 2020
IPL 2020 : Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
The Kolkata Knight Riders are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The home of the Knight Riders is the iconic Eden Gardens stadium.
IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Strengths
Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020- Cream of the crop all-rounders
In Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, KKR arguably have IPL 2020’s two best all-rounders, and both Caribbean cricketers add immense value and balance to the side. The IPL’s best teams always have world-class all-rounders, and KKR have the cream of the crop.
Even Pat Cummins, who is guaranteed to play almost all games for KKR, is handy with the bat, while Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s all-round skills have garnered praise from experts.
Apart from Narine and Russell, Dinesh Karthik can also call upon Chris Green, who has captained the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL. The Australian off-spinner might not get games early on in IPL 2020, but he is certainly a quality T20 player.
Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020: Unmatched depth in overseas players
Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Green, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Lockie Ferguson – KKR have perhaps the best overseas contingent in IPL 2020.
The team, which is yet to announce a replacement for Harry Gurney, will see healthy competition for the 4 overseas slots in the XI, although 3 are all but finalised in the lead-up to the tournament. KKR’s foreign players are also highly experienced, with Eoin Morgan also England’s captain in the white-ball formats.
KKR’s depth in overseas players will ensure that they can give the Indian players, who are arguably lesser in quality, extended runs of games.
IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Weaknesses
Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020: Indian batting contingent looks thin
Keeping aside the quality of Indian players, KKR still have to fill the remaining spots with Indian players, and they are found wanting in the batting department.
Apart from captain Dinesh Karthik, only Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana have some degree of IPL experience. The releases of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa have left their batting lineup devoid of experience and aggression.
Rinku Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Rahul Tripathi and Nikhil Naik are the only other options, and most of them haven’t had sufficient IPL experience.
Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020: Lack of depth in the spin department
KKR have always been a team that has relied on quality spinners, often fielding a three-pronged spin attack consisting of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav at the Eden Gardens.
Chawla is now part of the Chennai Super Kings, and KKR chose to replace him with Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who has bowled only three overs in the IPL so far. Chris Green is another option, but he might not make the playing XI in the presence of other quality options.
M Siddharth is the only other Indian tweaker at KKR’s disposal, and he is uncapped at the IPL level. Even Kuldeep, who is expected to be one of the leaders of the spin attack, picked up only 4 wickets in 9 IPL games last season, at an economy rate of 8.66.
IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Full Schedule
|Match No||Date||Teams vs Teams||Venue||Time|
|match 5||23-Sep||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 8||26-Sep||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 12||30-Sep||Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 16||03-Oct||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 21||07-Oct||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 24||10-Oct||Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||03:30 PM|
|match 28||12-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 32||16-Oct||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 35||18-Oct||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||03:30 PM|
|match 39||21-Oct||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 42||24-Oct||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||03:30 PM|
|match 46||26-Oct||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 49||29-Oct||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 54||01-Nov||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Full Squad of IPL 2020
Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth
IPL 2020 : Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Captain
Dinesh Karthik – Dinesh Karthik is an Indian wicket-keeper and batsman who made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004. He became captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Premier League team during the 2018 season.
IPL Salary 2020 – 7.4 Crore
Total IPL Salary – 68.5 Crore
IPL Moneyball Rank – 14
Country – India
KKR staying at RITZ Cartlon Abu Dhabi
For KKR promoter Sharukh Khan, cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are like a second home. Sharukh who has reportedly invested heavily in UAE’s beach front properties has also booked his team in one of the best properties of Abu Dhabi.
Dinesh Karthik led KKR will fly out to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai on 21st morning. Sharukh’s team will stay in a grand style at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.
Nestled into 57 acres of lush gardens and shimmering pools, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is just 20 minutes away from the airport. The hotel overlooks the Grand Canal. KKR is expected to reserve major part of the property for its squad
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