IPL 2020: Top 3 Picks for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

Top 3 Picks for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians


Kolkata Knight Riders will start their campaign against the four-time IPL winners and one of the best in the league, Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Kolkata Knight Riders lock their horns with Blue Army at Sheikh Zayed Stadium and will look to start their season with a victory. With multiple stars at their disposal, Kolkata Knight Riders can ensure a great game in Dubai for the viewers.

After an ending the previous season on a dismal note, Dinesh Karthik and co will have to work hard against Mumbai Indians to register the victory. Kolkata has struggled on multiple fronts last season which means the team has a lot of things to improve. Their dependency on Andre Russell hasn’t helped Kolkata in particular. Not only they have to overcome the dependency on Russell but also have to address the gap left by the likes of Robin Uthappa. Also, Kolkata will be keen to see their costliest buy, Pat Cummins to perform on the sluggish surface.

Though it is an eleven-member game, there is a crux and core for the team that helps to win the game. Here are the top three players for Kolkata Knight Riders who can help the team to overcome the hurdle against Mumbai Indians:

#1) Andre Russell


The West Indian all-rounder has been a mainstay for Shahrukh Khan owned side for the last two years. Andre Russell has not only scored for fun but also picked the wickets at regular intervals. In IPL 2020, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, he has played in 14 matches amassing 500+ runs. He has also scored at a strike rate of 204.81 with four half-centuries to his name. Andre Russell has averaged close to 56.66 with the highest score being 80.

The most important thing about the player is his ability to score at a higher pace. He destroys any bowling line-up without mercy and his power-hitting abilities are next to none. His uncanny ability to pull off the catches on the boundary line can be crucial for Kolkata against star-studded Mumbai Indians.

#2) Shubhman Gill

After the departure of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, there is a lot of burden on the shoulders of Shubhman Gill. Not only he has the expectations of his captain, Dinesh Karthik but he also has pressure to perform for himself. After being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, it is a make or breaks season for Shubhman Gill. The player has performed every way and in every possible position for Kolkata Knight Riders. He is expected to open for Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday alongside Sunil Narine and provide the required start for the side.

#3) Sunil Narine

The West Indian off-spinner was drafted in as a spinner by Kolkata Knight Riders’ management in 2012. Since then, Kolkata Knight Riders have won the title twice majorly with the help of the West Indian off-spinner. The player has not only modelled himself as a great off-spinner but also as an all-rounder for the Kolkata outfit. Under Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine has opened the innings and has provided the quickfire start to the team. Rarely the player has failed to give the required start and provide impetus to KKR’s chase or while KKR batting first. He will be a player to watch out for when KKR face Mumbai Indians.