It will be a battle to recreate the old magic by winning the third title of the Indian Premier League in 2022 for the KKR. Under Shreyas Iyer’s leadership, KKR is expected to have an interesting season, as their captain is likely to change.
The team, however, now consists of Sam Billings, Ajinkya Rahane, and young talent Sheldon Jackson. As well as that, KKR acquired Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, and Pat Cummins, the Australian Test captain. With a well-balanced lineup, Kolkata ensured that the legacy would be carried forward by their young stars.
IPL 2022 KKR Squad
Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Nabi, Aman Khan.
- March 26: CSK vs KKR, 7.30PM, at Wankhede Stadium
- March 30: KKR vs RCB, 7.30PM, at DY Patil Stadium
- April 1: KKR vs PBKS, 7.30PM, at Wankhede Stadium
- April 6: KKR vs MI, 7.30PM, at MCA Stadium, Pune
- April 10: KKR vs DC, 3.30PM, at Brabourne – CCI
- April 15: KKR vs SRH, 7.30PM, at Brabourne – CCI
- April 18: KKR vs RR, 7.30PM, at Brabourne – CCI
- April 23: KKR vs Gujarat Titans, 3.30PM, at DY Patil Stadium
- April 28: KKR vs DC, 7.30PM, at Wankhede Stadium
- May 2: KKR vs RRR, 7.30PM, at Wankhede Stadium
- May 7: KKR vs LSG, 7.30PM, at MCA Stadium, Pune
- May 9: KKR vs MI, 7.30PM, at DY Patil Stadium
- May 14: KKR vs SRH, 7.30PM, at MCA Stadium, Pune
- May 18: KKR vs LSG, 7.30PM, at DY Patil Stadium
Strength: KKR has a strong batting lineup with opening pair with Venkatesh Iyer and T20 world championship captain Aron Finch.
With the following destructive batting lineup including Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russel, and Nitish Rana. These batting lines are able to achieve high score run targets as well.
The KKR batting line consists of spinners like Varun Chakrabarthy and Sunil Narine and has pace attacks, including Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, and Andre Russel. Cummins and Russels are capable of bowling in death overs to restrict the opponent from scoring runs in death overs.
Weaknesses: Although KKR has a well-balanced team to challenge opponent teams, injuries to their players can leave them helpless in this IPL 2022 season. As we already noticed, Russel and Narine struggled with their injuries last season. Likewise, Australian Captain Aron Finch and Test Team Captain Pat Cummins might miss five matches of the IPL 2022 season due to their international matches.