KKR Playing 11 today: The Sportsrush presents before you KKR’s Predicted Playing 11 for their 10th match of IPL 2019.
The Kolkata Knight Riders desperately need a win. They need to win to believe in themselves. They need to make some big changes in order to get back to winning ways.
Andre Russell, in the press conference, spoke of the need to have some team meetings and regroup. KKR would do well to come out with a stronger team and a better strategy. The Hyderabad pitch is likely to suit their spinners. This should make KKR think positive and be confident of their chances.
KKR Playing 11 today
Chris Lynn has looked good in a few matches and pathetic in a few others. Considering the nature of the pitch, Lynn might struggle a bit. He has to play sensibly and put away the bad balls. Sunil Narine should look to give KKR a good start and bat like he did in the last two seasons. He needs to hit some more sixes.
Shubman Gill was promoted to No. 3 in the last match and that is a fantastic move. KKR needs to back the young man and he will produce the results. No. 3 is a perfect opportunity for Gill to show his talent to the world in one of the largest cricket tournaments in the world. The time would finally arrive for Gill to rise and shine.
Robin Uthappa has been in horrific form off late. Scoring 9 runs off 20 balls in the last match must surely be the last nail in the coffin for Uthappa. If he could not bat well on a wicket like the Eden Gardens, he has some serious issues. Rinku Singh, the swashbuckling UP batsman who had a fantastic domestic season and can hit the ball a long way, should replace Robin and play a finisher’s role.
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Russell spoke of his desire to bat at No. 4. However, it seems unlikely to happen. Rana would get the nod at No. 4 after his brilliant 85* off 46 balls.
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell would be in next in the order dependent on the match situation. Russell would want to have another big evening. He is a true team man and would give his absolute best for KKR.
The KKR bowlers have been smashed all around the park. There has been a lot of talk about Kuldeep Yadav’s form or rather, the lack of it. It seems to some people that Kuldeep can perform only when he has a mentor like Dhoni behind the stumps. However, we can expect Kuldeep to make an impact on the slow Hyderabad pitch.
Chawla and Narine need to also contribute with the ball and pick up the top order wickets as soon as possible. Harry Gurney has been good with the ball upfront but has been unlucky in certain cases during the death. His figures don’t do him justice.
Prasidh Krishna, in spite of bowling beautifully, has not reaped the rewards. He needs to pick up wickets desperately. Andre Russell, of course, has been impressive with the ball as well.
KKR Playing 11 today – 1) Sunil Narine 2) Chris Lynn 3) Shubman Gill 4) Nitish Rana 5) Andre Russell 6) Dinesh Karthik (c) (wk) 7) Rinku Singh 8) Piyush Chawla 9) Kuldeep Yadav 10) Prasidh Krishna 11) Harry Gurney