The Kolkata Knight Riders have had a profound heritage and legacy in the Indian Premier League. Whether it’s the champions league or the general season, they are always seen as title contenders, even before the tournament begins. Similarly, even during the first phase of the 2021 Indian Premier League tournament, the Kolkata Knight Riders have lived up to their expectations. They managed to be a part of exciting matches, proving a competitive cohort for any team to play against.
Currently, the team is placed 7th in the Indian Premier League table and has had a seemingly disappointing tournament run. Although there are numerous reasons behind this disappointing run by the Knight Riders, a key reason is the lackluster performance of their big names, namely from their batting cohort. Therefore if you are looking to make a cricket bet online, the following players should not be a part of your team.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Players To Look Out For
- Sunil Narine – The Caribbean wrist spinner has been a disappointing addition to the team this season. With just 40 runs in 4 innings, Narine has not been able to stand up to the batting reputation that he enforced for himself in the last season. Therefore, looking at Narine’s current form, a tip for fantasy players making cricket bets online would be not to include him in their team.
- Eoin Morgan – Maybe the reason why the Knight Riders are sitting comfortably at the lower end of the spectrum is because of the abysmal batting performance of their captain – Eoin Morgan. With 77 runs in 7 innings, including two ducks, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain had failed to rise to the podium and deliver for the team, even when his team needed him the most.
Rising Players Of The Season
Although the team has failed to perform well during the entire tournament, there are the likes of certain cricket players who have helped Knight Riders during tough situations and saved them from certain embarrassing defeats.
- The West – Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is undoubtedly the best individual performer of the tournament. The pacer has managed to take 5 wickets while also scoring 177 runs in the seven matches that he has played. He further produced a supreme display of his bowling capabilities against Mumbai Indians when he was able to take 5 wickets (while only conceding 15 runs) to produce the best bowling performance of the tournament thus far. His superb all-around performance has also made him one of the most preferred fantasy players (for denizens across the country). Therefore, a strong tip for any individual looking to make cricket bets online is to definitely make space for the West – Indies all-rounder Andre Russell in their starting XI.
- Another player that should definitely be considered (from the Kolkata Knight Riders) is the Australian pacer, Pat Cummins. The pacer has been a steady performer for the Knight Riders, racking 9 wickets in 7 matches and bowling key death overs for the team.
Therefore, as the second phase of the IPL 2021 season is set to start, the Kolkata Knight Riders really need to step – up and show supreme form if they are to stand as contenders for the IPL championship.