- Sinchan Saha | March 28, 2023 | 8:35 am
On April 1, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played Punjab Kings in their first IPL 2023 match. On March 31, the league will start.
The 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will begin in March. However, prior to this, the two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) named Nitish Rana captain in place of Shreyas Iyer due to an injury.
Nitish will be the only one in charge of the command until Shreyas does not arrive. However, the thing to note is that there are numerous KKR players who, in comparison to Nitish Rana, could have served as a superior captain. However, Nitish has been backed by KKR management. The question now is whether or not the team itself will lose this bet.
Nitish Rana, 29, who was born in Delhi, has captained his state in domestic cricket. In 12 T20 matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he was captain. In this, he had won 8 matches, w had lost in 4. In such a circumstance, it would be necessary to determine his capacity to earn the trust of the KKR team management.
The West Indies’ Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, as well as the New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee, were also in the KKR team, making them a better captaincy candidate than Nitish. However, the franchise placed this wager solely on a local player and handed over team leadership.
Sunil Narine was a strong contender for the captaincy
Caribbean spin and all-rounder Sunil Narine was a strong contender for captaincy in the absence of Shreyas Iyer. Sunil was a key member of the team that helped KKR win the championship in 2012 and 2014. In the most recent ILT20 league that took place in the United Arab Emirates, Sunil was also captain of the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR) team. The ADKRs had only won one of their ten matches and were at the bottom of the points table. Despite this, his experience was putting him ahead of the other candidates for captaincy. However, how Nitish handles this obligation at this point remains to be seen.
Andre Russell was also an option for the captaincy
Since 2014, Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell has been associated with the team. He is more familiar with the staff, team management, and the other players. Additionally, he has served as captain in the Bangladesh Premier League and Caribbean Premier League. In addition, he has frequently managed the innings while giving the team a significant victory.
Additionally, he possesses a wealth of experience, which the team has benefited greatly thus far.
Tim Southee showed strength in the captaincy of New Zealand
Tim Southee, the best bowler in New Zealand, appears to be an unpopular choice. He recently took over for Kane Williamson as captain of the New Zealand team in all three formats (Test, ODI, and T20). Under his leadership, this seasoned fast bowler had established a record. He captained New Zealand in 22 short-format games, winning 13 of them and losing only six. Southee has a great sense of cricket.
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Squad of Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shreyas Iyer (injured), Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Varun Chakraborty, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Anukul Roy, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Harshit Rana, Liton Das, Kulwant Khejorolia, Suyash Sharma, Narayan Jagdishan, Vaibhav Arora, Shakib Al Hasan, David VJ, Mandeep Singh.