IPL 2024, KKR vs SRH: New-look teams eye fresh start | Cricket News


Kolkata: It seems Kolkata Knight Riders have taken a step back to rebuild the future. It has been 10 years since the Purple Brigade last won the IPL trophy and in a bid to bring about a change in fortunes, they have included their two-time title-winning captain. Gautam GambhirWhose return as team mentor has created an atmosphere of hope.
It is often said that a good start is half the job and KKR will be looking to get off to a winning start when they begin their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday.
It would seem that KKR would have an easy journey against last season's woodspooners, but this SRH unit looks quite different, at least on paper.


If the Knights will be looking to Gambhir for guidance from the dugout, it will be Mitchell Starc, who was bought by KKR in the all-time auction for Rs 24.75 crore, who will hold the keys inside the field.
Australian left-arm fast bowlers Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora and Chetan Sakariya are expected to lead the team's inexperienced pace attack. If the ODI World Cup winner can provide the required breakthroughs in the powerplay and stop the runs in the death overs, playing against KKR's spin trio of Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma and Varun Chakravarthy in the middle overs could be a challenge for all IPL teams. Is. ,
Jason Roy's withdrawal due to personal reasons could work as a boon as his replacement by Phil Salt, currently the world No. 2 T20I batsman, has only boosted KKR's batting.


With Narine, Andre Russell and Starc picking themselves, there will be a choice between wicketkeeper-batsman Salt and Rahmanullah Gurbaz at the top for an explosive start.
captain Shreyas IyerHis return will strengthen KKR's middle order, which also includes Nitish Rana. Rinku Singh, Manish Pandey and Russell. Venkatesh Iyer may return to the opening after KKR experimented with a few pairings in the last two seasons.
With consecutive poor seasons, SRH have made a lot of changes. Whereas pat cummins After taking over the captaincy from Aiden Markram, Daniel Vettori became the third head coach of the franchise in three seasons when he replaced Brian Lara in the role.


Cummins called it a “good problem”, but the team's fortunes will largely depend on how they handle their strong overseas contingent.
Cummins, Travis Head, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Glenn Phillips, Wanindu Hasaranga and Marco Jensen are all capable of single-handedly winning games, but sadly SRH will have to keep some of them on the bench.


Therefore their domestic batsmen include bowlers like Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Jaydev Unadkat and Mayank Markande will play important roles. The pitch can also be difficult due to it being covered for the last few days due to bad weather, which remains a matter of concern even on the match day.

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