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IPL 2018: 5 reasons why KKR might not win the title

As the IPL 2018 gets closer, we take a look at reasons why KKR might not win the title this time.

Top 5 / Top 10 10 Mar 2018, 16:18 IST

CLT20 Kolkata Knight Riders v Nashua Titans
Kolkata Knight Riders will be missing the services of Gautam Gambhir

We are just weeks away from the start of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. With two titles, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is one of the most successful franchises in IPL cricket. They were one of the strongest teams in the competition until now.

However, they missed out on some key players in the auction and paid a little too much for the players they bought. Though they have some big T20 names like Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Mitchell Starc in the squad, but there are quite a few areas where they lack depth and replacements.

Without much ado, let’s take a look at the reasons why Kolkata Knight Riders might not win the IPL 2018 title. 

#5 Inexperienced captain

CLT20 2012 Match 11 - Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire Carnegie
Big test for Dinesh Karthik awaits in IPL 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League(IPL), winning the title on two occasions. Gautam Gambhir led them from the front and has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the history of IPL cricket. 

Gambhir was let go by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and the 32-year-old India wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was bought for Rs 7.4 crore, will lead the side in his absence.

Though Karthik has captained Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy and in other domestic tournaments, his lack of international captaincy experience will hurt KKR badly. Also, he lacks support from the other players in the squad in terms of captaincy experience.

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