IPL 2018: Five players unlikely to feature for Kolkata Knight Riders next year

Kolkata Knight Riders had a successful season reaching as far as second qualifier.

Kolkata Knight Riders had an admirable season as a team. (Twitter)

It is absolutely commendable. The team that everyone at the start of the season termed as the early contender of the last position, ended up reaching as far as competing the second qualifier. Kolkata Knight Riders surprised everyone by picking the kind of squad they did and surprised even more by the kind of performances they put up right throughout the tournament.

They built their side around the matchwinning prowess of Dinesh Karthik as the wicketkeeper-batting captain with Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell in their top six and allowing the kind of balance that most teams envy. Here's a team with eight overs, four explosive T20 batsmen with one of them wearing the gloves, all in their top six. You will win on more days than you won't with this balance, much like KKR did.

The youngsters like Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi as well, caught everyone's attention by doing their roles immense justice at various stages of the team's campaign.

Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine playing together and doing well by combining the highly enterprising wicket-taking with the invaluable miserliness, as the season showed, is one of Kolkata Knight Riders biggest strength.

Dinesh Karthik as a captain too exhibited signs of progress in thinking and his tactical nous. He is an ever-evolving person and that reflects in his Captaincy. All in all, one would have to say KKR has the core group of players they can take forward to the future and yet, it is crucial to focus on the personnel that perhaps should not feature for them next year if progress and well-roundedness is, like it must be, envisioned and aimed for.

Hence, team COC gets down to analyze and list out five such players who should not be featuring for them next year.

By Kashish Chadha - 26 May, 2018

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