Kolkata Knight Riders don’t have any big guns like Gayle, AB de Villiers or Brendan McCullum, still they have performed consistently well across IPL seasons. How have they been performing well even without the so-called superstars?
Opening partnership of Gambhir and Uthappa
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been consistently performing well at the top. Though they are not giving any explosive starts, they set a solid platform for guys like Andre Russel and Yusuf Pathan to explode later in the innings. Gambhir also holds the record of most 50+ scores in IPL, which speaks volumes of the kind of consistency he has shown over the years.
Sunil Narine Magic
You can’t get a better T20 bowler than Sunil Narine. He bowls economic spells and picks up wickets at regular intervals. He bagged 74 wickets at an impressive economy of 6.01 and average of 18.09 in IPL. If a bowler concedes less than 8 runs in an over in T20s, he is considered as a good bowler, but this guy from West Indies concedes only 6 an over, mind boggling!
All-round ability of Andre Russel
We don’t need any introduction for the hard-hitting ability of West Indian batsmen, Russel is no exception. He hits sixes at ease and even his mishits go for boundaries. His strike rate of 180+ is the highest by any batsmen in IPL.
He is more than handy with the ball and his athletic ability in field marks him as a complete package for any captain.
Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan
Yusuf Pathan doesn’t score 30+ every day, but when he scores he makes sure that he makes it big. He is the one who led Rajasthan Royals to the first-ever-IPL title. He performed well even after being drafted to KKR.
The best thing happened to Bangladeshi cricket in the last decade is Shakib Al Hasan. He is the No.1 all-rounder in limited overs cricket. He replicated his international success to his IPL franchise too.