Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the strongest, most followed, and loved team in the IPL. This team is very consistent with their performances over the years and here we will know KKR playing 11 for IPL 2020 (Best and most probable Kolkata Knight Riders playing 11 in season 13) and you will also know KKR all time best IPL playing 11.
Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2020 players list has already announced and fans will know here that which 11 players from the KKR squad can play KKR 1st match in IPL 2020. Best possible playing 11 with each player’s information and review.
Also once the IPL 2020 KKR matches will go on, we will update here the KKR team playing 11 for that match with players’ information and updates. We will update here probable playing 11 predictions before the next match of KKR and live playing 11 on match time.
KKR Playing 11 IPL 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders team has been consistent in the past two seasons of IPL and reached the playoffs on both occasions. The only trouble to the team was an experienced fast bowler who can spearhead the bowling attack. They’ve sorted the issue with buying Pat Cummins in the auction. Now, they have all areas covered which makes them one of the difficult teams to beat in the IPL 2020.
Today’s IPL Match Playing 11 of Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR IPL 2020 Playing 11 – Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (captain & wicket keeper), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
Playing 11 Review:
SUNIL NARINE will surely open the batting for KKR. He has been brilliant for them in the past while opening the batting. He can make the best use of power play overs with his wide range of shots. He is not a front line batsman and that gives him the license to swing the bat hard at every ball. Even if he loses his wicket, there’s enough backup who can nullify the loss. He was a part of the highest power-play score which went beyond 3 figures. Chris Lynn was his batting partner and this pair holds the record of the most runs scored during the power play. He is a magician with the ball who can bowl crucial overs and can take wickets at will.
SHUBMAN GILL will accompany Narine at the Top. He hasn’t been given much opportunity at the top due to the availability of Lynn in the squad. He started his career as an opening batsman and has stellar domestic records batting at the top. He is a genuine stroke maker who can also hit the ball big. He has good numbers for KKR. He is a brilliant young talent who will surely groove himself to make a name in the future.
Middle Order Batsmen:
RAHUL TRIPATHI was bought by KKR in the latest IPL auction. He is a good player who has the ability to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. He played for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. He has a healthy strike rate batting in the Top 3. He’ll be the man who can anchor the innings in the middle and set the stage for the big hitters.
NITISH RANA is likely to bat at No. 4 in IPL 2020. He has tremendous records playing for KKR. He had played some crucial knocks for the team over the years. He is one of the best players of spin bowling along with the skipper Dinesh Karthik. Batting at No.4, he has the luxury to go for big hits immediately considering the potential of DK, Eoin, and Russell who can finish the game on high.
EOIN MORGAN is yet another good buy for KKR in the auction. After all, he captained England during the 2019 world cup who went on to become the World Champions. He is a powerful left-hander at the middle order who can take the game away from the opposition. He is a brilliant captain too and will be offering his immense experience of captaincy to DK on the field.
DINESH KARTHIK will lead the side in IPL 2020 as confirmed by the team management earlier. He has grooved himself as a great finisher for the team. Who can forget the Nidahas Trophy Final? He was absolutely outstanding in that game. He scored 29 runs off just 8 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes with the strike rate of 362. India needed 5 off the last ball to win the game and my word, what a winning hit from DK. A flat-six over extra cover to win it in style. He is a Top Player. He along with Dre Russ will give the perfect finishing touches for KKR.
ANDRE RUSSELL is one of the hardest hitters of the Cricket Ball. He single-handedly won quite a few matches for KKR during the last season. He holds the record of the most sixes by an individual in one season. The scenario was this couple of times in 2019; Around 40 runs required off the last 2 overs and he won it for the team from nowhere. Such a high-class player whose presence at the crease will keep the hopes alive no matter how much the required rate is. He is a devastating player who can destroy any opposition.
PAT CUMMINS is the highest buy in the latest IPL Player Auction. He was bought by KKR for a whopping 15.5 Crores. He will surely lead the pace attack for KKR in IPL 2020. KKR lacked experienced fast bowlers over the years and struggled consistently to defend the totals. Now with Cummins spearheading the pace attack, this team looks to have their bases covered. He is a world-class bowler without a doubt. He is vastly experienced and also has pace and bounce which can trouble any batsmen.
SHIVAM MAVI is the other fast bowling option in the team. He can bowl with some pace consistently. He is an energetic bowler who can hit the hard length on a regular basis. Though he hasn’t played much for KKR last season, he still makes the 11 for this year’s IPL considering his pace and his hitting abilities.
KULDEEP YADAV is the left-arm chinaman who will be accompanying Sunil Narine in the spin department. He is associated with KKR for quite some years and has been one of the best spinners of the team alongside Sunil Narine. The combination of Kuldeep and Narine in KKR is as deadly as of Kuldeep and Chahal in India.
PRASIDH KRISHNA is the last man in the 11. If it comes to young local bowlers, he has been the man for KKR as he played most games for the team during the last season. Though his figures aren’t that good, he still possesses some skills which can turn out to be handy at times. He has the ability to improve as a bowler in the coming years.
KKR All time Best Playing 11 in IPL History
KKR is the team who was a part of the inaugural IPL match in 2008. What the outstanding start this team has produced for the mega tournament. It was the Brendon McCullum Show. He alone scored 158 runs in a T20 match. The ”Famous Shah Rukh’s open arms” in the stands during the match says it all. KKR team is two times IPL winner, in the year 2012 and the year 2014. Let’s take a look at the All-Time 11 of Knight Riders.
KKR All Time Best Playing 11: Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir (captain), Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik (wicket keeper), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Brett Lee, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
CHRIS LYNN is the first name in the All-time 11 of KKR. Lynn has been one of the most consistent performers for KKR. He scored 1274 runs for the franchise at an average of 34.43 and a strike rate of 141.39. Brendon McCullum wasn’t far from making the list, but since he doesn’t have many contributions with the bat after the famous 158; Lynn gets the nod ahead of him. Chris Lynn has the most number of fifty-plus scores as an overseas player for KKR. He can get into attacking mode from the very first ball and can give a flying start to the team.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR will captain the All-Time 11 of KKR. He has stellar records in the Purple colors. KKR have won two IPL Trophies under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. He also holds the record of most runs scored by a player of KKR in the history of IPL with more than 3000 runs to his name. He represented KKR in the seven seasons of IPL and has been the most prolific opener of the team.
ROBIN UTHAPPA is at No.3 in the All-Time 11. He has been the most consistent and reliable partner for Gautam and the duo had compiled many successful partnerships over the years. The southpaw had scored more than 2400 runs for the franchise with the strike rate of 136. He averaged 30.48 for KKR. He won the Orange Cap in the year 2014 by scoring 660 runs in the season. He played a massive role in the year 2014 to help his team lift the 2nd IPL Trophy.
NITISH RANA makes the cut in for KKR’s All-Time 11. He is a left-handed middle-order batsman who can play big shots during the middle overs of the game in order to keep the momentum going. He played only two seasons for KKR (2018 & 2019) and scored more than 300 runs in each of the seasons. He scored 344 runs in the IPL 2019 with a brilliant strike rate of 146 which included 3 crucial half-centuries. He is a part-time bowler who can also give a couple of overs in the middle. When Virat and AB were all over KKR in the year 2018, he was the man with the magic balls which dismissed both the superstars.
YUSUF PATHAN is the third-highest run scorer for KKR behind Gambhir and Uthappa. He aggregated 1893 runs for KKR at a strike rate of 138. He averaged 31.55 with the bat and also scalped 21 wickets with the ball at a decent economy of 7.40. He is a big hitter at the middle order who also gives the off-spin option for the team.
DINESH KARTHIK will play the role of wicketkeeper-batsman in this list. He led the side in the year 2018 & 2019 and most likely to captain KKR in 2020 as well. He is an experienced campaigner who can play the perfect finishing role for the team alongside Dre Russ. He has the highest batting average in the history of the IPL among any KKR players. He aggregated 751 runs for KKR at an average of 41.72 and a strike rate of 147.25 during his tenure.
ANDRE RUSSELL is a sure-shot pick in any KKR’s All-Time 11. He has been the One Man Army for the team in the last season. He won them games in the year 2019 by doing all by himself and was a Lone Warrior for the team. He scored more than 1400 runs in the Purple Colours at an average of 34 and an extraordinary strike rate of 188. He also picked 56 wickets for KKR and took some stunning catches in the outfield. He is a complete player and arguably the current best all-rounder in the IPL. If he fails with the bat, he will deliver with the ball and if he fails even in the bowling department, he will take some stunners on the match to fill the void. That’s how special this man is. Take a bow, Dre Russ.
SUNIL NARINE is yet another must pick in any All-Time 11 of KKR. The Trinidadian has played 8 seasons for KKR starting from 2012. He scalped 140 wickets with an economy rate of 6.56 which is quite incredible in T20s. He also played as a Top Order specialist batsman in the last couple of seasons and had been successful in giving KKR a flying start. He amassed 772 runs for KKR at a brilliant strike rate of 167 which is only behind Russell. He is the highest wicket take for KKR in IPL history. He can be promoted to open the batting if the team requires a flying start considering his batting exploits at the top.
KULDEEP YADAV is the left-arm spinning option in the 11. He has taken 39 wickets for the franchise at an average of 29.33. Though he didn’t have a great season last year missing out games due to some bad games, he still makes the 11 owing to his International experience and the left-arm spin option which he provides to the team.
BRETT LEE will lead the pace attack in the All-Time 11 of KKR. Although he didn’t have decent records with the franchise, he still makes the 11 considering his immense amount of experience which he brings to the team. He took 16 wickets for KKR at an economy of 7:33. He has the ability to hit the ball long. The batting skills of Lee provided him, the edge over any other overseas bowler in the All-Time 11. The special first ball of IPL 2013 when he bowled Unmukt Chand with a special delivery that took the off-stump rolling in Eden Gardens shows his real caliber.
Lakshmipathy Balaji will accompany Lee in the fast bowling department. He took 44 wickets at an economy of 7.62 during his journey with KKR. He played a key role for KKR in the year 2012 by scalping 11 wickets at a stingy economy of 5.43 which lead them to their first-ever IPL Trophy.
Some Notable names who missed out in All Time playing 11:
- Brendon McCullum
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Manish Pandey
- Jacques Kallis
- Rajat Bhatia
- Manoj Tiwary
KKR Best Playing 11 in All IPL Seasons (2008 to 2019)
KKR IPL 2008 Best Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum (wk), Sourav Ganguly (c), David Hussey, Wriddhimann Saha, D Das, L Shukla, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar, Shoaib Akhtar.
KKR IPL 2009 Best Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum (c & wk), Sourav Ganguly, David Hussey, Angelo Mathews, Wriddhiman Saha, L Shukla, Murali Kartik, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma.
KKR IPL 2010 Best Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum (wk), Sourav Ganguly (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Manoj Tiwary, L Shukla, Murali Kartik, Ajanta Mendis, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Shane Bond.
KKR IPL 2011 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Iqbal Abdulla, Brett Lee, Jaydev Unadkat, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
KKR IPL 2012 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, L Shukla, Sunil Narine, Iqbal Abdulla, Brett Lee, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
KKR IPL 2013 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, D Das, Yusuf Pathan, L Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
KKR IPL 2014 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel.
KKR IPL 2015 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel.
KKR IPL 2016 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Brad Hogg, Umesh Yadav, Shaun Tait.
KKR IPL 2017 Best Playing 11: Gautam Gambhir (c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
KKR IPL 2018 Best Playing 11: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.
KKR IPL 2019 Best Playing 11: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.