On the ‘Not Just Cricket’ show, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer expressed the Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance this season, saying, “This season KKR has been very surprising in the selection. The way they turned the game around last year, it’s not happening this time. The way they have operated surprises me”.
The two-time IPL champions are seeking to find the perfect Playing XI after losing five games in a row in a disappointing season.
Varun Chakaravarthy was dropped by Kolkata in the previous game, and it doesn’t appear like they would rush to get him back. Against Delhi, Narine delivered four overs of spin, while Harshit Rana, a debutant, returned 1/24 with his pace. In Chakaravarthy’s absence, Russell was also spotted bowling a few more overs.
Despite his time with the Indian team earlier this year, Venkatesh has struggled. In nine innings, he has only managed to score 132 runs, with only one fifty. His form has been a major source of concern for Kolkata, who have tested with several starting combinations since the league began.
Shreyas has been a solid batsman, and Nitish Rana has also contributed with useful innings. But neither one of them has indeed been able to progress far in the game.