Karthik has been piling up runs on a consistent basis, scoring 418 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Tamil Nadu lost Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final to Karnataka by one run.
KKR has retained Lockie Ferguson, who gave away runs at an economy in excess of 10 last time around.
Over the years, Knight Riders have been successful to build a pool of young prospects and match-winning players.
Here is what the cricketing community was talking about in the last 24 hours.
Uttar Pradesh's batting line-up is not that great and if they are batting first, it would be better to pick as many as Tamil Nadu bowlers and make one of them C or VC.
Karthik's current focus is to lead a star-studded Tamil Nadu side that consists of players like Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Washington Sundar will join the team after the T20I matches versus Bangladesh end.
Tamil Nadu is yet to lose a game this season.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of Vijay Hazare Trophy final between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.