Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) IPL 2018 journey started off with a new look team under the leadership of a new captain. The IPL 2018 auction saw the seven-year association of Gautam Gambhir and KKR come to an end and KKR bought some new faces for their teams. They had retained two of their foreign players in Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
KKR then used their RTM cards of Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla in the auction and prepared a 19 man squad. Their IPL 2018 squad was criticized for being too thin on talent with just 19 players and with no specialist opener in the team. They invested in few U19 Team India talents in Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Shubman Gill and bought fast bowling power in Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson.
However, Starc and Nagarkoti pulled out of the tournament due to injuries and Tom Curran and M Prasidh Krishna made their way in the team. Amidst much speculation, KKR team management announced Dinesh Karthik as their new captain and Robin Uthappa as his deputy.
KKR’s journey in the IPL 2018 was up and down, wherein the last stage of the tournament, they won three matches in a row to qualify for the playoffs at number three spot and eliminated Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator.
They faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier and despite a close fight, lost the match and their campaign in the IPL 11 ended.
Team COC looks at the performance of the KKR team and presents the player ratings for IPL 2018
(All stats updated till May 26, 2018)