Battle of Batsmen: It’s Shubman, Russell vs Rohit, Hardik as KKR tackle MI

Abu Dhabi, September 22

Grace and power might be on one facet whereas poise and killer intuition on the opposite when a revamped Kolkata Knight Riders tackle Mumbai Indians, who’ve as soon as once more faltered at first of the IPL, on Wednesday.

Since 2013, Mumbai Indians have by no means gained a gap sport and the script didn’t change towards Chennai Super Kings, who took management of the match over the last 10 overs of the primary innings.

They might be eager to bounce again whereas KKR would search for an ideal starting as will probably be a battle between massive hitters on each side on a sluggish Abu Dhabi monitor.

It might be Shubman Gill’s third IPL, the one the place he wish to personal the stage together with his languid grace and easy hitting, which he’s so able to. He can hit sixes over additional cowl with grace and caress the ball by covers too.

These are precisely the traits that made Rohit Sharma, the nice white ball exponent that he’s. Seasoned Rohit versus younger Shubman is one for the retains and makes this battle attractive.

But it’s not simply grace which makes T20 so interesting. The brute masculinity of energy that sends the ball hovering into the orbit is what makes it so particular.

Hardik Pandya, who’s again with a chiselled physique. There is little doubt that he can unleash his firepower towards Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav in addition to KKR’s highest-paid multi-million greenback recruit Pat Cummins. The second pacer could possibly be between Prasidh Krishana and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

But Hardik will discover his match in Andre Russell, simply essentially the most damaging hitter in present T20 cricket.

Russell had brazenly criticised the workforce administration final 12 months for sending him down the order. He had hit 52 sixes throughout one in every of KKR’s worst editions.

But this time, he has been promised a promotion to quantity three slot and this might spell doom for any opposition.

“If it benefits the team and helps us win games, why not. If that meant Russell comes in at three and bats 60 balls, he might actually make a double hundred. Anything can happen with Dre Russ,” KKR mentor David Hussey had stated just lately.

KKR has Eoin Morgan, simply the perfect white ball captain in worldwide cricket in the intervening time, who might advise Dinesh Karthik on how you can sort out tense moments.

Whether he would slot in among the many 4 abroad gamers is the query as Knights have Narine, Tom Banton, Russell and Cummins, who stroll into any T20 enjoying XI.

For Mumbai, it is necessary that Nathan Coulter-Nile, with extra all-round T20 utility in comparison with Trent Boult, will get match so as to add extra steadiness.

On Saturday, regardless of a powerful begin, Mumbai Indians had been lowered to 162/9 and so they might consider using Ishan Kishan’s explosive firepower fairly than cumbersome Saurabh Tiwary, who can’t rotate the strike with ease.

Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah had a uncommon off-day, leaking 43 runs towards CSK and he wish to hit the straps as soon as once more.

Apart from pacers and spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, they want yet another choice within the bowling and that may be in type of Pandya and Kieron Pollard.

Both Hardik and Pollard, who didn’t bowl towards CSK can collectively share the accountability of one other bowler.

Teams (From)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison,  Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult. PTI

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