IPL 2021: Best Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

IPL 2021: Best Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

The best possible combination of KKR for IPL 2021.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders are one franchise, which believes in building a team and gives players enough time to settle in the flashes of the league. The franchise has shown over the years that even with close to no star players, they can still become a formidable side. In the auction for the IPL 2021, they were one of the teams, who had their strategy in place. 

KKR bought Sheldon Jackson, Shakib Al Hasan, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora, Venkatesh Iyer and Ben Cutting. They seemed to have got their squad sorted ahead of the IPL 2021. But, the addition of these players means that some of their players can miss a spot in the starting XI. 

Talking about the ideal XI for the KKR franchise before they take the field in the first match of the IPL 2021, some players have been put in place due to their records and skills. Some might be missing in the XI but it has been done to maintain the perfect balance of the team.

IPL 2021: KKR Best Playing XI

1. Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Shubman Gill has risen up the ranks in the past few years. In the last season of the IPL, he opened in all the innings and scored 440 runs at an average of 33.84. His strike rate was slightly less than 120, something which he would want to improve going into this season. With the exposure of playing at the international level on his back, he will be more confident this year. 

He is one of the most important batters for KKR. His job will be like the previous season to anchor the innings while everyone bats around him. There are several players like Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell who have the power-hitting capabilities to take the charge on the bowlers. 

Given the team’s middle order, Gill will be expected to lay down the foundation of the others to come and finish the match. His role will be quite crucial in this IPL as this could be the year where he establishes himself as one of the best young batsmen in the league and also makes a strong case for the Indian T20I and ODI teams.