Kolkata Knight Riders, being a side associated with huge celebrity status, have made sure that they don't let the stardom affect their performance. After displaying a poor form in the first few seasons of the Indian Premier League, they made sure they bounced back strong and have been in prime form ever since.
Winning the trophy twice, once in 2012 and 2015, both by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the finals, they have made sure that they made the qualifiers every single time after that.
With the 12th edition of the IPL right over their heads, KKR will be looking forward to opening their innings on a good note.
The top five players who could become the knights in shining armour for KKR in this season are:1. Dinesh Karthik
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Dinesh Karthik, the captain of the KKR for the second season in a row, will play a key role in guiding the team to glory. Leading the team from the front, DK was the top run scorer of the squad with 498 runs in 16 innings including two fifties. Having a good tactful mind, Karthik will be looking forward to at least make it to the playoffs and on the individual front, he would give his best shot so that he can make a place for himself in the final World Cup squad.2. Sunil Narine
Arguably the most mysteriously successful bowler in the history of the game, Sunil Narine deserves to be the key player of the side. Beginning with his off-break bowling and ruling the 'purple cap,' he later stunned everyone with opening the innings and thrashing the ball in all directions. Usually, we expect him to be the leading wicket-taker but after his beating to all the faster bowlers and the pacers, he took his name among the top and the leading run scorer in the team with his 357 runs in 16 innings, comprising of two 50+ scores.3. Andre Russell
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Another hard-hitter that KKR possesses is the Carribean star, Andre Russell. The Right-arm fast bowler is capable of snatching the match from the lion's mouth if once unleashed, both with the bat and the ball. An example of it would be his humongous knock of 88 in mere 36 balls (consisting of 11 sixes), which almost stole the show from Chennai Super Kings but they managed somehow. Another advantage Russell provides is his ability to bowl in debt overs and that too with precision.4. Kuldeep Yadav
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Having a world-class bowler in the squad is always a perk and Kuldeep Yadav has proven to be the same for KKR. Having a wonderful season last year with 17 wickets in the bag, Yadav has been a go-to bowler for DK. The number of variations he owns and his ability to read the batsman's mind is counted to be his most lethal weapon, which eventually proves to be an asset for the team.5. Chris Lynn
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The Australian blessing in the KKR squad, Chris Lynn, is another deadly weapon in the team's arsenal. The right-handed batsman has been a consistent scorer for the side and went on to score 491 runs, the second highest in the team. An opening partnership of Lynn and Narine proved to be a breathtaking combination in the last few seasons and we hope it continues to go their way.