The two-time IPL champions didn’t have a good outing in the first half of IPL 2021. The Kolkata Knight Riders won just two and lost five matches during the first half and thus they have made things too difficult for themselves to qualify for the playoffs. They finished fifth in both of the previous editions and lost out on a playoff berth on NRR on both occasions. But they still have a chance to turn things around in this second half as most teams are within their catching distance.
The reasons for KKR’s struggles in the first half was their failure as a batting unit. The side failed to get off to explosive starts and the middle-order couldn’t provide the impetus either. But here they are, with another chance of reviving their season. Andre Russell was seen in good form during the Caribbean Premier League as he did well with both bat and ball. Some of the Indian players have been seen in good form in the practice matches as well and that gives the KKR fans some much-needed hope.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Squad for IPL 2021
Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer
What are Kolkata Knight Riders’ Odds of winning IPL 2021?
Kolkata Knight Riders once won two titles in the space of just three seasons but they are not the same force anymore. They are heavily reliant on some individual players and do not stack up as that strong a unit as compared to other teams. That’s why Betway places them with odds of 16/1 for winning the title this season.
Our Betting Tips
We won’t recommend wagering on KKR players for outright bets of ‘Top run scorers’ or ‘top wicket-takers’ in the season. So, we shall carry on only match specific discussions here.
Players to score most runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in any match
Kolkata Knight Riders have one of the weakest and most inexperienced top-orders in the league. But you can bank on the likes of Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi or Nitish Rana to score the most runs for KKR in any particular match. They bat in the top three and that’s why they have the best chance of scoring most runs from the team.
Players to score fifty in a match for Kolkata Knight Riders
If you are interested in placing this bet, you should consider either of Shubman Gill or Rahul Tripathi. It would be best to not look at any other KKR batting option.
Players to pick up most wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in any particular match
KKR have one of the weakest bowling attacks in the league as well but they have two really good spinners in Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. These two are really bankable bowlers who create pressure on batsmen by not allowing them to score runs freely. Chakravarthy is the better option to consider as he is guaranteed to start and has seven wickets to his name this season already.