The problem that Dinesh Karthik faces as the brand new captain of Kolkata Knight Riders is extra about convincing his personal franchise and the followers that his appointment on the helm of one of the crucial profitable groups within the IPL is a good resolution.
The departure of Gautam Gambhir, who had captained KKR for seven seasons, whereas securing two crowns for it, is a significant change within the outfit that has additionally seen a major overhaul within the workforce’s composition this season. The Knights, beneath Karthik, will probably be going through one of many hardest challenges proper initially when it comes up towards one of many title aspirants in Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the Eden Gardens right here, on Sunday night.
Contemplating the excessive demand for tickets, the venue is gripped with expectations about an excellent contest. That is augmented by the truth that the opposition is led by the charismatic Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been in spectacular type in the previous couple of months. In an odd juxtaposition, Karthik, who has been out and in of the Indian workforce, is the one who has given the nation one of the crucial memorable wins with a last-ball six towards Bangladesh within the remaining of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo. It has reclaimed Karthik’s stature as a batsman who can flip matches round and induced the required confidence within the workforce that he’s now main.
One other side that Karthik will probably be discovering in his favour is the optimistic head-to-head report of 12-9 that KKR enjoys over its present rival. Added to that is the truth that the final meting between the 2 noticed KKR successful convincingly (by 82 runs) after proscribing RCB to the bottom IPL complete of 49. Being a facet that has at all times invested extra on having a great bowling assault, KKR will probably be trying to discover the proper stability in assault with names likes of left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, off-spinner Sunil Narine and the pacers like Mitchell Johnson and younger Tom Curran within the roster. Karthik, together with Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa, can have the onus of the batting division with the all-rounder Andre Russell including energy.
The customer will probably be trying extra at its chief Kohli, who has grown in stature after main India to convincing limited-overs collection win in South Africa. Regardless of releasing the Caribbean hurricane Chirs Gayle, Kohli can have the corporate of AB de Villiers, with whom he has performed essentially the most of bating in IPL.