IPL 2020: Stakes high for KKR captain Karthik and Co

IPL 2020

Ali Khan - who picked up eight wickets in an equal number of games in the recently concluded CPL - has been roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders as seamer Harry Gurney's replacement as per a report in ESPNCricinfo. KKR in fact was the team that made the first big headlines in IPL history, thanks to Brendon McCulum's electric knock of 158 in the very first IPL match played in 2008. The rumors of the rift began when Russell had questioned the team's decisions in a press conference a year ago. He was also their leading wicket-taker (11). KKR have always been among the strong contenders for the title and they usually start strong. Morgan, Russell, Narine and Cummins are expected to be the first-choice players for the four overseas slots in the XI, at least to begin the tournament. In addition, they have bought England's World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan who has been in tremendous form of late.

Davis Hussey, who has played more than 300 T20 matches in his career, said that there is no rift between Russell and Karthik. Remember, Sunil Narine is also an explosive batting option and has opened the batting for them on multiple occasions. Hussey heaped praises on Karthik's leadership skills and his will to win. "I am sure he will come and increase energy levels." he added. Local pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who were impressive in their under-19 World Cup journey, are fit and raring to go, posing selection dilemmas.

That the Indian left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep was dropped after a forgettable 2019 season may compound their misery.

Sunil Narine
Ali Khan set to join Kolkata Knight Riders as Harry Gurney's replacement

The Maharashtra batsman has the ability to bat at any position as he may be seen in the role of a floater for KKR.

Shah Rukh's team's first match is going to be against Mumbai Indians on September 23, 2020, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. He also said there is the bromance between the duo and they are pretty close which is good for the team.

The Dinesh Karthik-led KKR will now have fast bowler Khan among Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Tom Banton and Nikhil Naik as the new inclusions in the side.


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