KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a convincing win by 7 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday, April 12. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Both the teams have changed their playing XI; while Keemo Paul came in place of Lamichhane in Delhi, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite replaced Narine, Gurney, and Lynn in Kolkata’s playing XI.

Asked to bat, Kolkata was hoping for a flying start but debutant Joe Denly went for a golden duck. Both Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa tried their best score freely and managed to put up 41 within the powerplay. However, Rishabh Pant’s brilliance sent Uthappa in the dugout. Gill scored his second IPL fifty off 34 balls but other failed to capitalize apart from Russell; who scored 45 off 21 before his dismissal. Kolkata ended up scoring 178 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started brilliantly. However, that didn’t stay long as Prithvi Shaw fell for 14 while in-form Shreyas Iyer also got out for 6 within the powerplay, putting up 57 runs. Later a 105-run partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant helped them to win the game comfortably.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

A slow start of Kolkata

With Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn’s absence, Kolkata Knight Riders opened their inning with a new opening pair. In-form Shubman Gill opened the game alongside new player Joe Denly. However, Denly went for a duck off the very first ball by Ishant Sharma. His pitched up delivery got an inside edge and uprooted the stump. 

Then, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill tried to steady the ship. Their rather defensive play cost Kolkata to put up more runs on board on the green surface. Uthappa took 30 balls to score 28. They both added 63 runs before Uthappa’s dismissal. Moreover, the situation didn’t change at all as they managed to score 122 after 15 overs until Andre Russell took the charge on his hand. His quickfire 21-ball 45, including three boundaries and four sixes, powered Kolkata to 178.

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Russell was dismissed off the second delivery of the 19th over and Kolkata managed to score only 17 runs in the end which proved vital as well. Had he not dismissed at that time, Kolkata might have scored nearly 190 after 20 overs.

Failed to take wickets

Kolkata was defending 179 runs which were a decent competitive total. Chasing the target, Delhi lost their inform-opener Prithvi Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer within the powerplay. But Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant built a steady partnership which Kolkata failed to break before 17.1 overs. No bowlers were able to restrict them. If they would able to dismiss them, the result could have been different.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s 105-run partnership

Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan was not in a good form in the last couple of games. However, he started pretty well in yesterday’s match along with the other opener Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw couldn’t perform well as he fell for 14 and later their captain Shreyas Iyer also followed him.

Then, the pressure fell upon Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. They tried to resurrect the innings but didn’t let the run rate slow down. Dhawan scored his 34th half-century off 32 balls. When they got set, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past them. They both added 105 runs in their chase before Pant got dismissed for 46 off 31, including 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.

However, Dhawan kept on smashing and remained unbeaten at 97 off 63 balls which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. His heroics took Delhi Capitals over the line with 7 balls to spare.

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has locked horn with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 9 where CSK claimed an easy win. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to field first at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Asked to bat first, Kolkata were hoping to put up a huge total but their plan flopped as soon both the openers got dismissed within 2 overs. They failed to stable the innings and reduced to 29-6 after the powerplay. However, Russell scored an unbeaten fifty and led his team to 108 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Chennai also lost their opener Shane Watson for 17. However, a 13-ball 14 from Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu’s 21-ball 31 and Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 43 guided them to register an easy win over Kolkata with 2.4 overs to spare.

Here are the three talking points:

Deepak Chahar’s early strike

Kolkata has been in a great position with their all-round performances in this season of IPL. Put into bat, Kolkata faced two big losses. Deepak Chahar handed over the first breakthrough to his team as he dismissed Chris Lynn in the very first over for a five-ball duck.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR may win this season

The second one was Nitish Rana; who misjudged the ball and ended up giving an easy catch to Rayudu at short mid-wicket region. In his 3rd over, he dismissed Robin Uthappa after the batsman scoring mere 11 runs and finished his figure with a brilliant spell of 4-0-20-3.

A slow start in the powerplay

For the first time in this IPL, Kolkata found themselves in a critical situation. Due to economical spells from Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir, Kolkata never looked dominating. 

On the other hand, Chahar’s opening spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting. Soon they reduced to 29/4 after the powerplay. They managed to put up 47 runs in 10 overs. Later a rather stable-knock from Andre Russell helped them to put up 108 on board.

Piyush Chawla’s catch

Piyush Chawla took a stunner to send back Suresh Raina in the dugout on Tuesday when he ran towards back from mid-on. Suresh Raina was playing steadily during the powerplay and already hit a boundary and a maximum. 

But he mistimed Sunil Narine’s length ball and hit a slog sweep. The ball went up and Chawla took a brilliant catch after covering a huge distance and with a dive.

However, their total was pretty low and easily chasable. Hence, Chennai won the game convincingly.

RCB vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the seventeenth encounter

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hosted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where Andre Russell’s heroics took KKR over the finish line with 5 balls to spare. 

Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Dinesh Karthik chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Put into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got off to a flying start. They added 53 runs in the powerplay. Later, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored sizzling half-centuries to take Bangalore to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Chasing this huge total, KKR lost their opener, Sunil Narine, within 28 off 8. Later, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Nitish Rana tried to resurrect the innings. But Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48 guided them to register the victory by 5 wickets.

Here are the three talking points from the encounter:

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ 108-run partnership

Put into bat, RCB lost Parthiv Patel for 64 in 7.5 overs. Then captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villers started to steady the innings. Both of them started hitting boundaries and over boundaries all over the park from the beginning. They punished every bowler and scored quick half-centuries. Kohli took 31 balls to reach his fifty while de Villers took 28 balls to score his 30th IPL half-century. 

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for CSK vs KXIP

However, Kohli’s quickfire 84 came to an end when Kuldeep took a well-judged return catch in the 18th over. Before his dismissal, they both added 108 runs. Later, de Villers also got out for 63 off 32 in the successive overs while Shubman Gill took an easy catch at long-off. Then, Stoinis’ 13-ball 28 powered them to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Andre Russell’s heroics

Chasing the huge total, KKR were needed a solid start but their opener Sunil Narine fell for 10. Later, Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa added 65 runs. But quick successions of Uthappa and Lynn left KKR at 108/3. Nitish Rana scored 37 off 23 and Dinesh Karthik scored 19 off 15 in their 206-run chase.

Karthik was dismissed in the final ball of the 16th over when KKR required 53 runs in the last three overs. Russell took just 13 balls to finish the chase. He smashed seven sixes and one boundary and won the game single-handedly. His batting heroics made the difference between the teams.

RCB’s miserable death bowling

Until 17th over, RCB were pretty much in the game as they had to defend 53 runs in 18 balls. Any team can easily defend that score in the death overs. But once again their bowling failed to restrict their opponent.

Bowling has been a problem for RCB for a long time. Though they have a strong batting line-up, their bowling never lives upto the expectations. Mohammed Siraj came to bowl the 18th over but back to back full toss left him outside. Marcus Stoinis finished the over where Russell smashed three consecutive sixes and 23 runs came from the over.

Southee came to bowl in the next over where Russell hit four maximums and a boundary and 29 runs came from the over which leveled the score. In the final over, Shubman Gill scored a single and KKR won another game with ease.

If Kohli brought Pawan Negi earlier, they might have restricted KKR as he was bowling economically. He conceded 21 runs in 3.1 overs and took 2 crucial wickets of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa.

DC vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the tenth encounter

DC vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the tenth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a thrilling win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in super-over on Saturday, March 30 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, KKR lost the opener Nikhil Naik for mere 7; who came into the place of Sunil Narine. They lost in-form Robin Uthappa very cheaply and KKR managed to put up 36 runs in 6 overs with the loss of two wickets.

But Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana’s back to back dismissals and Shubman Gill’s run-out left KKR struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs. However, a 95-run partnership between the captain Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell powered to 185 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 186, DC were looking comfortable at the middle. Opener Prithvi Shaw scored a 55-ball 99 and tried his best to finish the chase. However, tight bowling helped KKKR to tie the match while Kagiso Rabada’s brilliant spell in the super over helped DC to win the game.

Here are the three talking points

The Karthik-Russell partnership

Put into bat, KKR didn’t get the start what they are accustomed to as they lost quick wickets. At first Nikhil Naik for 7 and then Robin Uthappa for 11. All eyes were on Nitish Rana as the man has been in a good form. But he flicked a back length delivery towards fine leg and Rabada took a well-judged catch running to his right.

His dismissal brought youngster Shubman Gill on the crease. He played a crucial knock in KKR’s run-chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But he failed to support his captain Dinesh Karthik and ran out for 4; which brought Andre Russell in the middle.

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Both Russell and Karthik started to steady the ship, rotated the strike and hit a few big shots whenever required. Their stable knock helped KKR to reach the 100-run mark in the 14th over. Russell chose Chris Morris for big shots in the 15th over where he hit two boundaries and a maximum. Later he hit two sixes in the 16th over off Harshal Patel and in the 17th over, he completed his half-century off 23.

Karthik, on the other hand, took an anchor’s role and allowed Russell to play his game. Karthik smashed a six towards fine leg and brought up his half-century in style. But, he couldn’t play more and dismissed in the next ball.

They were struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs and they put up a total of 185/8 in 20 overs. Very teams can recover in this situation how KKR did last night. The 95-run partnership between Karthik and Russell helped them to put up a fighting total on board.

Prithvi Shaw’s blistering form

Chasing the huge total, DC got off to a flying start where Prithvi Shaw ended the first over with a boundary. He started to build his innings and chose Russell to hit a boundary and a maximum in the sixth over. 

On the other end, Shreyas Iyer struggled a little bit after Dhawan’s dismissal. Though they started to make a solid partnership and managed to put up 82 after 10 overs. After that, Shaw started to accelerate his innings and brought up his half-century in the 11th over. He continued to punish the bowlers by hitting big shots.

He reached 96 by hitting three boundaries off Kuldeep Yadav in the 17th over. But he was not able to convert his 99 to hundred as he was dismissed by Ferguson in the 19th over. His blistering knock helped DC to equal the score.

Kagiso Rabada’s super-over spell

The game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders ended up in a tie. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer came to bat while Prasidh Krishna bowled the super-over. He conceded 10 runs and dismissed Iyer as well.

In reply, Russell and Karthik came to chase the total while Rabada with the ball to defend the total. The first ball went for a boundary towards square leg. The second one was a yorker and Russell somehow managed to save his wicket but he was dismissed in the third one as Rabada’s yorker uprooted his middle stump. Three singles came from the next three balls and Delhi registered a nail-biting win over Kolkata.

KKR vs KXIP: 3 takeaways from the sixth encounter

KKR vs KXIP: 3 takeaways from the sixth encounter

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the sixth game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where KKR registered their second win by 28 runs. 

KXIP won the toss and elected to field first. Though Chris Lynn was dismissed very cheaply, another opener Sunil Naraine played a quickfire 9-ball 24, including a boundary and 3 sixes. Later, a 110-run partnership between Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa and a 67-run partnership between Uthappa and Russell set the stage of KKR’s win as they put up a huge total of 218/4 after 20 overs.

Chasing the huge total, the dangerous in-form openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle fell very cheaply. Later Mayank Agarwal (58) and David Miller (59) tried their best but their 74-run partnership was not enough to get past the line. Hence, they lost their second game after winning the first one against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Here are three talking points of the game:

The 110-run partnership between Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa

Put into bat, KKR got off to a flying start, courtesy Sunil Narine. The first over which was bowled by Mohammed Shami conceded only 1 run but the second over was a big one for KKR. Narine faced debutant Varun Chakravarthy and smashed 3 over boundaries and a boundary which took them to 26 in 2 overs. However, both the openers lost their wickets in the third and fourth over respectively.

Last game’s unsung hero Nitish Rana walked into bat in the 4th over when KKR were 36-2 and the other batsman Robin Uthappa too was new in the middle. Rana took some time to settle down whereas Uthappa was hitting big at that time. Rana took 21 balls to reach his 22 runs which included two sixes only. But then he paced his inning and took just 13 balls to score another 41 runs, including five maximums and two boundaries.

Along with him, it was Uthappa, who also supported him with his stable knock. He scored his 24th IPL half-century and 1st in this season in 41 deliveries. Both Rana and Uthappa added 110 runs and steadied the ship before Rana got dismissed for 63 off 34. His dismissal came in the 15th over when KKR was 146/3.

The 17th over – ‘no ball’ and ‘muscle Russell’

After Nitish Rana’s dismissal in the 15th over, Andre Russell came into bat. KKR were in a strong position due to the 110-run partnership between Rana and Uthappa. KKR were looking to reach 200-run mark whereas KXIP were looking for wickets.

Mohammed Shami came into bowl the 17th over where he conceding only one boundary in the first 5 balls. On the 6th delivery, his fantastic yorker right into the blockhole smashed Russell’s stumps. Russell was struggling at 3 off 4. But it was a no-ball as there were only three fielders there inside the circle, instead of four. Hence, the umpire called it a no-ball.

This one no-ball cost KXIP huge as Russell scored 42 runs from the next 11 balls, including 5 maximums and 3 boundaries which eventually helped KKR to reach 218 after 20 overs.

Poor bowling by KXIP

KXIP showed a poor bowling performance in their second game. Ashwin handed over the ball to debutant Varun Chakravarthy in the very second over where he conceded 25 runs in a single over. However, KKR chose the spinners mainly to hit big. The 2nd, 14th, 18th & 19th over was seen conceding more than 20 runs while the 1st, 5th, 15th over was seen conceding mere six runs each.

In this calculative risk and scoring abilities, KKR put up 126 runs in the last 6 overs while KXIP conceded 92 runs in the first 14 overs. After Rana-Uthappa’s 110-run partnership and a missed dismissal chance of Russell in the 17th over, Russell became dangerous and smashed 3 boundaries and 5 sixes in the 18th and 9th over. 

Andrew Tye and Mohammed Shami both failed to restrict KKR. Had Punjab planned and used in a better way, they could have restricted KKR from scoring so big.

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KKR vs SRH: 3 takeaways from the second encounter

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Eden Gardens in the second game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where KKR won the game convincingly. 

Having won the toss, KKR chose to field first. SRH openers David Warner and Bairstow got off to a flying start. Warner made a stunning 53-ball 85 which included 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. Along with him Bairstow too scored 39 off 35 and put up the 100-run mark. It was only in the 13th over when KKR finally managed to get the first breakthrough by dismissing Bairstow.

After Warner’s dismissal, Shankar came into bat at three and played a cameo of 40 off 24 which helped SRH to put up 181 for 3 in 20 overs.

While chasing 182, KKR lost the opener, Chris Lynn, very cheaply but Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa steadied the ship with an 80 runs partnership. However, still, the game was on SRH’s court as they came back into the game with a few wickets quickly. But Andre Russell and Shubman Gill added 53 runs in the final three overs and win the game for KKR.

Here are the three takeaways from the second encounter:

The formidable form of David Warner

The former captain of SRH and the destructive opener David Warner has returned in the IPL after a 12-month ban. He was banned for a year from all the international games due to the ball-tampering scandal in Australia’s away test against South Africa. Though he was allowed to play the IPL, BCCI took another strict decision by not allowing him to play in the IPL last year.

However, he had a lot to prove to the world. The opener started hitting all over the park and literally punished all the bowlers of KKR. His come back inning made of a swashbuckling 85 off 43 balls which included 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. His batting was so flawless that it never showed that he was not in touch. He was supported well by Bairstow as the pair put up a brilliant 118 run opening standing. His brilliant inning helped SRH to put up a mammoth total of 181 on board.

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However, with the 85, Warner surpassed Gautam Gambhir’s record of most half-centuries in IPL and moved up to the top of the table with 37 half-centuries in Indian Premier League.

Andre Russell’s match-winning 49*

After David Warner’s heroics and Vijay Shankar’s cameo, SRH managed to put up 181 on board after 20 overs. To chase the total, KKR were needed a flying start which the openers were not able to provide. As the opener, Chris Lynn dismissed for 7, another opener Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa tried to steady the ship with an 80-run stand. 

KKR were doing well with Rana and Uthappa but Sunrisers bounced back with 3 quick successions which left Kolkata in a trouble. Along with this, the run rate too had started to increase.

53 runs were required off last 3 overs when Andre Russell and Shubman Gill were at the crease. Siddarth Kaul came to bowl the 18th over where Andre Russell smashed 2 big sixes and a boundary along with 3 singles and 19 runs came from the 18th over. Somehow, the game turned its way towards KKR.

Stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned for the penultimate over when KKR needed 34 runs off last two overs. But Russell smashed 2 sixes and 2 fours in the 19th over and kept the hope alive of the victory.

With 13 runs required in the last over, the youngster Shubman Gill hit two big sixes and seal the game for KKR. Russell scored an unbeaten 49 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes and became the game changer for his side.

Poor bowling by SRH

SRH has the strongest bowling lineup in the IPL but they failed to win the first game against KKR. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was captaining the team for the very first time in absence of Kane Williamson. Though they put up a huge competitive total of 181, bowlers, somehow couldn’t bowl as per their strength and that caused them the defeat.

Getting early wickets always help any side to win the game. With the proper wicket-taker in the form of Rashid Khan, SRH should have opened the bowling with him in the powerplay. But he came into the attack in the seventh over. He also created a few chances of dismissals but the team failed to grab those. However, KKR batsmen survived his spell well with the loss of one wicket.

KKR were needed more than 50 runs in the last three overs where the game was pretty much in SRH’s court. But Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave 19 and 21 runs in the 18th and 19th over respectively.

When 13 was needed from the last over, stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave the ball to Shakib Al Hasan. The over started with a wide and single but two sixes hit by young Shubman Gill helped KKR to win the nail-biting game with two balls to spare.

What if Vijay Shankar came into bowl the last over? The result could be different as we have seen earlier how Shankar did manage to win India a game against Australia by bowling the last over.

KKR: 4 key players to watch out for in IPL 2019

KKR: 4 key players to watch out for in IPL 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders have arranged a team that is full of youth and experience for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

The side will be gunning for their third trophy this season and though they have suffered injury setbacks with Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Andrich Nortje being ruled out, they have enough firepower to overcome the challenges.

The franchise have qualified for the playoffs six times in the last 11 seasons and have always managed to maintain their core group of players. Last season they added players like Dinesh Karthik to the ranks, and he will be one of the key players for the team in the upcoming season. Here are the 4 key players from KKR to watch out for.

Dinesh Karthik

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A lot will be riding on Karthik’s shoulders this year. The wicket-keeper batsman, was one of the guiding lights for KKR last season, amassing 498 runs to finish as his side’s highest run-scorer. This time, he will have the added incentive of sealing the coveted World Cup spot, and with Rishabh Pant failing in the recent ODI series against Australia, Karthik’s spot has opened up.

The Tamil Nadu player, who took over the reins from Gautam Gambhir last season had big shoes to fill and has done a fine job till now, marshaling his inexperienced players. He even allowed the younger batting stars to play their natural game, whilst holding one end up in the batting order and the skipper will be hoping that his team can go the distance this time too.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR will win this season

Shubman Gill

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The talented top-order batter scored 203 runs in 13 matches at an impressive average of 33.83 in IPL 2018. The Punjabi, who came into the limelight after a string of impressive knocks in the Under-19 World Cup that was held last year, has been in fine form in domestic cricket as well.

Gill is equipped with a solid technique and an attacking mindset, which was even applauded by Virat Kohli earlier this year. He made his international debut in 2019, but failed to make a mark and was subsequently overlooked for the home series against Australia. However, the batsman has enough capabilities to make a strong comeback, and he will be vying for just that.

Also Read: KKR full squad, strengths, and Playing 11

Lockie Ferguson

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KKR have made a bargain buy as they procured the services of Lockie Ferguson, who will come into the tournament with some impressive showings in domestic cricket. The New Zealand player earlier played for the Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 where he could play only four games. Ferguson, who looked a doubtful starter till a week ago, is expected to handle the pace bowling department for KKR this season, with three of their seam bowlers being ruled out.

With the track at Eden Gardens assisting the pacers off late, Ferguson will have a huge role to play in the powerplay and the death overs. His ability to bowl yorkers and bouncers at will makes him a dangerous bet and he could be KKR’s X-factor.

Andre Russell

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Russell has always been the key player in the KKR line-up and this season will be no different. Last season, the West Indian scored 316 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 184.79 and picked up 13 wickets as well, to end the season as one of the best all-rounders. His ability to change the game in just a few overs – with either bat, ball or his fielding, ensures that Russell is never out of the game and KKR will be relying on his expertise in crunch moments.

IPL 2019: The Best All Rounder From All Teams

The Best All Rounder From All Teams in IPL 2019

An all-rounder is always a special asset to his team, no matter what position he is played in. 

All-rounders can cause a huge impact on all departments. The emergence of the T20 format brought the all-rounders to the forefront, as teams usually need seven batsman and six bowlers to make an impact. Moreover, with the fast-paced nature of the game, there is an obvious requirement for a player with all-round skills, who can match up to the hard-hitting players of the opposing team. This yearning for all-rounders can also be seen in the IPL as well.

Here’s taking a look at the best IPL all-rounders from each team for the 2019 season.

Sam Curran (Kings XI Punjab)

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Kings XI Punjab had an explosive beginning to the 11th edition of the IPL, winning 5 out of 6 games. However, they could not keep up the momentum, mustering up only 1 win out of their last 8 matches. The lack of a quality all-rounder did harm them and hence, for the 2019 season, they bid the most on England’s Sam Curran. The left arm pacer has had a natural advantage, as most batsmen have trouble tackling the natural angle which comes with the delivery. Even with the bat, he knows how to conjure match-defining performances. His performance is keenly awaited in IPL 2019.

Also Read: Five International Skippers Who Have Failed To Perform at the IPL

Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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One of the most underrated players in the format, the English all-rounder is an extremely dependable finisher. When playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, he contributed to his team with a strike rate of over 160.

Even in the bowling scene, Ali has proved himself to be dependable time and time again, picking up crucial, match-changing wickets whenever his team needs him the most. He is known especially for not allowing the batsmen to settle at all. The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli, will be surely hoping for a rehash from Ali.

Chris Morris (Delhi Capitals)

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Deli Capitals have been looking to turn around their fortunes for quite some time now, as they have not been very successful from 2013-2017. From 2016, they started shifting all their focus to youngsters, and in 2018, they made the impeccable decision to retain Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Chris Morris.

Morris first came to the limelight during the Champions League of 2012. With a strike rate of 150 in this format, he is an undeniable asset in death overs. He is a master with the ball as well. His height of 6’6” gives him an undeniable bounce and edge over the other bowlers, and his yorkers always cause harm for the other team.

Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians)

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The best memory that the public has of Krunal Pandya is undeniably the final of IPL 2017, where his 3/40 helped Mumbai win the title. In 2018, this memory made him the highest selling uncapped player, at INR 8.8 crore. Mumbai Indians will surely be heavily dependent on Pandya to help them tide through the 2019 season.

Shakib Al Hasan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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Being bought by Hyderabad for INR 2 crore, Hasan proved his worth many times over, surpassing expectations many times. His arrival strengthened the middle order, which the team had lacked for years. He scored 239 runs and picked up 14 wickets at an economy of 8 last year, which was no doubt very impressive for a bowler coming in at number 5.

Hasan will not be a big part of the 2019 IPL but SRH will hope he can contribute in games he does play.

Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)

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The all-rounder has always been sought after in every IPL auction that he has been a part of. In 2017, he was sold for a whopping INR 14.5 crore to Pune. Stokes lived up to the trust placed upon him and went on to become the most valuable IPL player of the season.

In the bowling front too, he is extremely valuable, winning MoM awards for spells of 3/18 and 2/21 against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, respectively.

Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)

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The West Indian is a complete all-rounder package, with explosive batting, awe-striking fielding, and dependable bowling in the death overs. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, his form has improved more and more, and he can be utilized in any over the match, from the start to the end. He is the all-time wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 464 dismissals to his name. Lasith Malinga is a distant second, with 353 victims.

With the bat, he has an almost supernatural ability to hit a six over third man and fine leg. In 2018, he scored 68 off 30 balls for Chennai in the team’s first game. His unnatural talent also moves over to his fielding abilities, and he has some unbelievable catches to his name.

Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)

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Without a doubt, the all-rounder for Kolkata is the best player in the upcoming season of the IPL. His ability to smash the boundary at will makes him one of the most dangerous players. In IPL 2018, he was in full form, scoring 316 runs from a mind-numbing 171 balls. He also managed to pick up 13 wickets and was the go-to bowler for Dinesh Karthik, especially in the death overs. His batting strike of over 166, with a bowling average of 18.6 makes him the perfect threat for the opposite team.

Nicholas Pooran could attract big bucks in the upcoming IPL auctions

Nicholas Pooran could attract big bucks in the upcoming IPL auctions


⚬ Nicholas Pooran had a stellar CPL where he amassed 267 runs.

⚬ He carried on his form in the series against India and in the T10 League.

⚬ Teams could bid for the player in the IPL auctions due to his big-hitting skills. 

With players like Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard in their ranks, the West Indies are feared for producing a number of big hitters and game-changers especially in the shortest format of the game. The newest addition to this ever-increasing list of dangerous players from the nation is Nicholas Pooran, who had set the Caribbean Premier League on fire earlier this year. After smashing 267 runs in 10 games for Barbados Tridents at a strike-rate of 144.32, Pooran was selected to tour India, where he scored an unbeaten 53 in the last T20I off just 25 deliveries.  

The 23-year-old looked at ease against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was hardly troubled by the slower deliveries as well, as he struck 4 boundaries and 4 sixes in his stay at the crease at Chennai.

The player was then selected to play for the Northern Warriors in the T10 league, a format where only the biggest hitters of the ball excel in. Pooran ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer in the league, amassing 324 runs in 9 innings, with a high score of 77. More importantly, he smashed his runs at a jaw-dropping strike-rate of 245.45, averaging an impressive 54. The strike-rate was the highest for any player who had accumulated at least 130 runs in the tournament.

With the ability to go for the big hits from the very start and the temperament to keep his nerves when the bowler is in fine rhythm, Pooran has marked himself as a special talent and it would not be surprising to see him caught in a bidding war once the IPL auction commences later this month.

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Teams that could bid for Pooran

Sunrisers Hyderabad – The runners-up in IPL 2018 have a strong top-order, which will be bolstered further by the return of David Warner in the next edition of the IPL. However, they had an inconsistent middle-order, with players like Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Deepak Hooda failing to leave a mark. Wriddhiman Saha has been released by the franchise and with players like Warner and Kane Williamson possibly leaving the IPL mid-way for the World Cup preparations, SRH could bid for Pooran, who will not only be available for the whole season (it is unlikely he will play the World Cup) and who will strengthen the middle-order as well.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB’s woes have always stemmed from the middle-order. Though they pack a punch up front with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers leading the way, the players coming in at 4, 5 and 6 have often been guilty of wasting away the momentum that the side had gained.

This season, they were undone by the poor form of Sarfraz Khan (who has been released), Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, and Colin de Grandhomme and bringing the young West Indian star on board could just work in their favor.

The Caribbean Kings of IPL

West Indies IPL

The Indian Premier League is the most-attended cricket league in the world with overseas players putting up a spectacular display of talent every year. It gives Indian cricket fans a chance to get to know some of the international cricketers and watch them play up close; to appreciate their talent and support them rather than see them as the opponents for once.

With more than five cricketers coming from the West Indies’ team itself, they have taken over IPL by storm. Their aggressive and ambitious outlook on cricket forms a wall difficult to beat by any player from the outside.

Some of the following players have made their mark this season and deserve to be recognized for it:

1. Chris Gayle: Chris Gayle, you’ve definitely heard the name. The Jamaican player played for Kings XI Punjab this year. He was one of their most valuable players although the price they got him for was relatively less, a mere two crores.

He had one of the best knocks this season in only his second outing with the Punjab boys – an undefeated 104 off 63 balls. He kick-started KXIP’s race to a high total with four boundaries off seven balls and three sixes off Chris Jordan and Rashid Khan. He scored 11 sixes in that innings to put up a score of 193/3 which proved to be too high for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

For the first half of the season, he formed a torpedo-like partnership with KL Rahul and led the team to consecutive victories to push them to the top four. The 39-year old has 30 sixes and 27 fours from 11 matches under his name.


2. Sunil Narine: One of two players to be retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders this season, he ended the season with the title of “Most Valuable Player” for 357 runs and 17 wickets from 16 matches.

He also won the title of “Super Striker of the Season” for spectacular left-handed batting although he is primarily an off-spin bowler.

The Trinidadian cricketer was primarily KKR’s opener and became one of their most, if not the most dangerous asset.


3. Andre Russell: This Jamaican all-rounder who previously played for the Delhi Daredevils, was the second player to be retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

He played as a finisher and had a pretty inconsistent season but didn’t give a chance to be written off. His best knock this season was 88* off 36 balls which included 11 sixes and 1 four.

With 13 wickets and a total of 17 fours and 31 sixes in 16 matches, he contributed, big or small, in every match to be in the top five most valuable players of this season.


4. Jofra Archer: He was bought for a whopping 7.2 crores by the Rajasthan Royals this season. A right-handed batsman and a fast bowler in one, this was his first season in the cash-rich league.

With 15 wickets off 10 games, he was more valuable in the bowling department than batting. The seam bowler took out some crucial wickets for his team and became a threat to look out for.


5. Lungi Ngidi: This young player just made his debut in International cricket last year and made it to the IPL this year in the Chennai Super Kings.

He made an appearance only in the second half of the season and ended up making a difference in some of CSK’s most crucial matches. Taking 11 wickets off 7 matches, the 22-year old definitely created a name for himself this season.

His best performance was during the final match before the playoffs against Kings XI Punjab where he took four wickets and conceded only 10 runs in his four overs. The player quickly became a crowd-favorite after that performance and he kept it up till the finals.


6. Carlos Brathwaite: Bought off Delhi Daredevils, he proved to be a game-changer for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The all-rounder was put to full use in the latter half of the season on both fronts.

With five wickets off four matches and an undefeated knock of 43 runs, he made himself known and constant in the team. He didn’t get much of a chance, however, to fully spread his wings this season and will hopefully get to do so the next time.


7. Dwayne BravoHe kick-started the season with his brilliant performance in the very first match for Chennai Super Kings against the Mumbai Indians, a display of talent that is still talked about even after the season has come to a close.

He formed one of the pillars of the team who went on to win the tournament as the death-over specialist and his fearless talent at taking their opponents off the field proved to be an incredible asset.