IPL 2018: 3 Tactical Changes which KKR need to make in the Playoffs
Kolkata Knight Riders were probably the weakest team after the 2018 IPL Auctions, and many experts predicted that KKR would be the wooden spoon holders in this year's IPL.
However, the Dinesh Karthik-led side have shocked their critics and surprised fans with their performance. KKR had a number of issues in their team but the team has managed perform well above expectations.
A large part of the credit for KKR's impressive performance goes to their captain Dinesh Karthik. He was criticised as a below-par captain but has managed to bring the best out of his players and has utilised them quite efficiently.
KKR have qualified for the playoffs and will be playing Rajasthan Royals tomorrow, and the Playoffs is going to be the real test for the relatively inexperienced KKR team.
Here are the tactical changes that Dinesh Karthik must enforce to have a chance at victory.
#1 Bat first
Kolkata Knight Riders have always preferred chasing throughout this IPL, and have been decently successful at it. The playoffs though is a completely different ball game as this will be KKR's first do or die game in this year's competition.
KKR have an inexperienced batting line-up, and it would suit them better to set targets rather than chase in a pressure situation. Narine too would have the license to go all out if KKR were to set targets.
In the match against Mumbai Indians, KKR displayed their weakness at chasing huge targets. Uthappa too seems to have a liking for setting targets and the upturn in his form can be a huge asset for KKR in the business end of the tournament.