IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks best playing XI for KKR

The Indian Premier League is just a couple of days away from getting underway at the United Arab Emirates. All the matches will be played across three venues namely Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively. Meanwhile, all the franchises are preparing for the tournament.

IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks best playing XI for KKR
Aakash Chopra

Kolkata Knight Riders will be one of the serious contenders who can challenge for the title this season. Led by Dinesh Karthik from the front, KKR have a strong squad. The two-time IPL champions have roped in some top-quality players at the mega auction last year. As a result, they have strengthened their squad for the upcoming IPL.

Meanwhile, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra picked his ideal playing XI for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for IPL 2020. KKR might have a strong batting line-up but Aakash Chopra reckons that KKR could have few issues as far as their death bowling is concerned.

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The cricket expert picked the ideal playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders lineup for the upcoming IPL. He named the ideal playing XI in a video shared on his Facebook page.

Aakash Chopra’s best Kolkata Knight playing XI:

Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh/Siddhesh Lad/Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Sandeep Warrier

Aakash Chopra explained the reason as to why he picked the ideal playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders. “I am picking Sunil Narine at No.1. He is a very good player, he opens and hits a lot. He did amazingly well in all the matches in the CPL. He will do well in batting and he is a terrific bowler anyway. I want to have Shubman Gill opening with Sunil Narine. Some of the cricketers of his age like Prithvi Shaw and Haider Ali are playing for their countries, so he should also be given opportunities.”

“At No.3, I want to play Nitish Rana. He will provide another left-handed option. At No.4 is the captain Dinesh Karthik. I will advice him to bat at No.4 if he wants to push Pant and Rahul for the wicket-keeper’s spot, now that Dhoni is not there, as he will need a couple of good IPLs.”

“At No.5 I have Eoin Morgan. He is the England captain and is coming after playing some quickfire knocks. He will be another left-hander in their batting lineup.”

“At No.6, I have got Andre Russell. He can come up the order as well. He should be sent when around 40 deliveries are left in the innings. Kolkata Knight Riders are almost on par with Mumbai Indians when it comes to finishing.”

“At No.7, they have a slight problem. They can play Rinku Singh, Siddhesh Lad or Rahul Tripathi but none of them is a No.7 batsman.”

“At No.8, I have got Pat Cummins. He was the most expensive pick at the auctions and he also bats well. At No.9, I have got Kuldeep Yadav. You can take it in writing from me that this year he will do well in the IPL. He can be a little expensive at times but he will be a match-winner. At No.10, you will definitely play Prasidh Krishna. He can prove to be expensive at times, so they will have death-bowling problems. At No.11, I am giving three options – Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Sandeep Warrier,” Aakash Chopra concluded.


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