IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders SWOT Analysis

Kunal Joshi

Strength: Kolkata Knight Riders have a solid bowling line up which has been their backbone for many years in the IPL. The Knight Riders will be relying heavily on their spinners and all-rounders to deliver the goods in this season. During the 2018 edition, KKR team management’s gamble of using Sunil Narine as opener proved to be a masterstroke. Sunil Narine played 16 matches and scored 357 runs with an enormous strike rate of 189.89. Narine was also the pick of the bowlers taking 17 wickets in 16 games.

Weakness: The Kolkata Knight Riders batting department when compared to other teams does not look that solid. The KKR team lack a solid middle order. The team relies heavily on a brisk start from openers. A young and inexperienced middle order with players like Shubhman Gill is yet to be tested. The Kolkata Knight Riders would not want their middle order to be facing difficult situations

Opportunities: Kolkata Knight Riders are loaded with all-rounders which is a huge bonus for them. Players like Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Braithwate, Nitish Rana provide the team an advantage over others.

Threats: The Kolkata Knight Riders can face problems in high-pressure games as they lack experience in their batting lineup. Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa are the only two batsmen who have played in crunch situations. Batting heavy teams like RCB and Mumbai Indians can also pose a threat for the KKR if the bowlers fail to deliver for them.

KKR Team: Joe Denly, S Mundhe, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Nikhil Naik (wk), C Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Dinesh Karthik (wk) Andre Russell, Anrich Nortje, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti