IPL 2020: Predicted Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

IPL 2020: Predicted Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Are there places for Harry Gurney and Lockie Ferguson in the eleven?

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav and Andre Russell. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had their travails in the last couple of seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After the departure of Gautam Gambhir, the Men in Gold and Purple haven’t had the best of times under Dinesh Karthik. The KKR started the IPL auction, with a purse of INR 35.65 crores, the second highest among the eight teams.

After the auction in Kolkata, KKR are left with 8.5 crore. The Knights started with splurging some heavy amounts on Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins following which they took the backseat. The two-time IPL champions also picked some lesser-known, yet handy players to form their combination.

Overall, they took nine players. Now with some skilled players in the squad, KKR need to put on their thinking hat and ponder over their best eleven going into the tournament.

In the article, let’s take a look at the Predicted KKR XI for IPL 2020:-

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shubman Gill has been in the KKR ranks for a couple of seasons. Even as he started his IPL career in the lower middle-order, last season, he was given a chance to open the batting. Gill didn’t flatter to deceive and turned up with three half-centuries.

The 20-year-old youngster showed that he can put his head down in crisis and also play the expansive stokes to put the Knights on the driver’s seat. Since KKR has released Chris Lynn, the team shouldn’t have a second thought about persisting with Gill as the opener.

Since the last IPL, the Punjab-born has matured even more and Gautam Gambhir, the former KKR skipper, even went on to say that Gill can lead the franchise. In the T20 league, the right-hander has 499 runs in 27 matches at an average of 33.27 while striking at a decent 132.36.