Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2019 Team Profile

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:39 AM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 4:39 AM UTC

The Knight Riders have one of the best-balanced squads for IPL cricket 2019 and could return to past glories

<h2><span style="font-size:16px;">Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 Team Profile</span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Coach: </strong>Jacques Kallis<br /><strong>Captain:</strong> Dinesh Karthik<br /><strong>IPL title wins:</strong> 2<br /><strong>IPL play-off appearances:</strong> 4<br /><strong>IPL title odds:</strong> 6/1 (7.0)</span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;">The bettors’ friend</span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Kolkata have been consistently unfashionable in the IPL odds market. When they won their second title in 2014 they were an after-thought by the bookies despite clearly possessing the squad attributes to do well. What are they then? Fast starters with the bat, middle-order class, a quality all-rounder, world-class spinner and dangerous death bowlers. Does the Kolkata Knight Riders roster tick all the boxes this year? They sure do.</span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;">Hitting the right notes</span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;">That quality all-rounder is Andre Russell. He is probably the most feared hitter in the world game with an insane career strike rate (runs per 100 balls) of 166. That means he can take a game away from you within a few minutes at the crease. With the ball he has a golden arm, having a happy habit of taking a wicket just when his captain needs one. He’s also so cool that he’s a recording artist in his spare time, going by the moniker Dre Russ.</span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;">The smartest side in IPL?</span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Kolkata have always got the most out of their squads. And this year could be no different. They have recruited intelligently. Instead of risking a wage on Mitchell Starc, the Aussie pacer who is perennially injured, they have looked to the future. The Kolkata Knight Riders bowling unit is fierce. Harry Gurney, a sensation in Australia’s Big Bash, New Zealander Lockie Ferguson and South African Anrich Nortje are the hottest pace prospects outside of India. </span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><img alt src="https://crickettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Kolkata-Knight-Riders-IPL-.jpg" style="width:600px;height:313px;" /></span></h2><h2><span style="font-size:16px;">Kolkata Knight Riders Squad 2019 breakdown</span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Openers:</strong> Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa<br /><strong>Middle-order batsmen:</strong> Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh<br /><strong>Wicketkeepers:</strong> Nik Naik, Dinesh Karthik<br /><strong>Allrounders:</strong> Joe Denly, Shri Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell,<br /><strong>Wristspinners:</strong> Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav<br /><strong>Fingerspinners:</strong> Sunil Narine<br /><strong>Fast Bowlers:</strong> Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Prithvi Raj, Harry Gurney, Anrich Nortje, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi </span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank" title="Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide">Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide</a></span></p><h2>Related articles:</h2><ul> <li><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a data-reactid="." href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/chennai-super-kings-ipl-2019-team-profile/89574" target="_blank">Chennai Super Kings: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a data-reactid="." href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/delhi-capitals-ipl-2019-team-profile/89571" target="_blank">Delhi Capitals: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></span></li> <li><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"></span><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank" title="Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2019 Team Profile"><span style="font-size:16px;">Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2019 Team Profile</span></a></strong></li></ul>
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