Kolkata Knight Riders betting
The Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most popular sides in the Indian Premier League.
After a period of struggle in their initial years, the franchise managed to crack the code of winning big trophies in 2012 and then repeated the dosage in 2014. The two-time champions will be keen to go all the way in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League.
The franchise’s strategy for the coming season was to increase bowling resources as team management signed Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson in the IPL auction held in January.
The batting will need to be consistent if Kolkata wants to become a serious contender for the crown this season.
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About the Kolkata Knight Riders
|Home ground||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|IPL titles||2 – 2012, 2014|
Kolkata Knight Riders 2018 IPL fixture
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sunday, April 8th||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Chennai Super Kings||Tuesday, April 10th||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||8pm IST|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Saturday, April 14th||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Delhi Daredevils||Monday, April 16th||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Rajasthan Royals||Wednesday, April 18th||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||8pm IST|
|Kings XI Punjab||Saturday, April 21st||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||4pm IST|
|Delhi Daredevils||Friday, April 27th||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||8pm IST|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sunday, April 29th||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru||8pm IST|
|Chennai Super Kings||Thursday, May 3rd||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Mumbai Indians||Sunday, May 6th||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||8pm IST|
|Mumbai Indians||Wednesday, May 9th||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Kings XI Punjab||Saturday, May 12th||Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore||8pm IST|
|Rajasthan Royals||Tuesday, May 15th||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||8pm IST|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Saturday, May 19th||Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad||8pm IST|
How will the Kolkata Knight Riders go in 2018?
The West Indies duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell were the only two players retained by the franchise for the upcoming season. The franchise has gone for in-form players rather than experienced ones as Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, and Mitchell Johnson were signed during 2018 IPL Auction.
Dinesh Karthik has been appointed as the new skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders. The wicket-keeper batsman was signed for a price of Rs 7.4 crore by the franchise in the IPL Auction. It will definitely be a great opportunity for Karthik to lead the side. South African cricketing great, Jacques Kallis, is the Head Coach.
There is plenty of promising players in the batting department for Kolkata Knight Riders. Shubham Gill was picked up as right-handed batsman that scored heavily for India in the recent U-19 Cricket World Cup. Kolkata signed Gill for a big price of Rs 1.8 crore in the Auction event.
Chris Lynn is a key player for the franchise as he delivered mesmerizing performances with the bat in the previous edition of Indian Premier League. He scored 295 runs in just 7 games before injury ruled him out of the competition. Kolkata will have to manage Lynn carefully as he has been plagued with a lot of injuries in recent times.
Robin Uthappa is an aggressive stroke maker at the top of the innings who loves to attack the bowlers from the word go. He has also a key player in the batting department and will be needed to do the bulk of scoring for Kolkata as Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey are no longer with the franchise. The only worry for Kolkata might be lack of experience in the middle order as Nitish Rana and Shubham Gill are still relatively new players in the competition.
Cameron Delport, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell are three top quality all-rounders in the squad for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Narine performed well for the side with bat and ball last season. Russell will make a comeback for Kolkata Knight Riders this season after being banned by Anti-Doping Agencies of failing to comply with the authorities. The one-year suspension saw him miss 2016 Indian Premier League.
On the bowling front, Kolkata Knight signed 18-year old pace sensation Kamlesh Nagarkoti who did exceedingly for India in the U-19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand. Nagarkoti impressed everyone with his extreme pace and accuracy and was signed for a big price of Rs 3.2 crore by Kolkata for this year’s competition.
Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson will definitely strengthen bowling attack for Kolkata as Australian duo hold a good record in the T20 format. Kuldeep Yadav was a surprise package with his left-arm Chinaman. He will crucial for the side in the middle overs of the innings. Piyush Chawla and Vinay Kumar are the other bowling options for the franchise
Kolkata Knight Riders futures betting
Two-time Champions Kolkata Knight Riders are among the sides who can clinch the trophy this season. At William Hill, Knight Riders is positioned at +550 to win the title.
Tips for betting on Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders will be keen to go all the way this season after narrowly missing out for a place in the finals. Mumbai Indians beat them in the Qualifier 2 game of 2017 Indian Premier League. So fat there have no player’s betting odds released so we will try to make our prediction based on current form and last year’s performances.
Most wickets betting: Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will be one bowler to watch out for in IPL 2018. The spinner did well for Kolkata in IPL 2017 and would be determined to produce a lot of wickets for the franchise in this year’s competition.
Most runs betting: Robin Uthappa will be our pick among batsmen to score a lot of runs for Kolkata Knight Riders. Uthappa was consistent for the franchise with the bat in 2017 Indian Premier League. The right-handed batsman will be keen to produce runs for the side on regular basis in the upcoming IPL season.
Kolkata Knight Riders likely XI
Robin Uthappa, Shubham Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell/Cameron Delport, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell Johnson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.