IPL 2018 Auction: 5 players Kolkata Knight Riders should target
With Gambhir not retained,how exactly will KKR go about their business in the auction?
Arguably one of the most popular franchises in the tournament's existence, the consistent Kolkata Knight Riders have always been a delight to watch. From being heavily reliant on spin due to a slow turning Eden Gardens track, their philosophy has since changed post the relaid Eden surface. Last season saw KKR consistently play with three world-class seamers in their eleven, with then-captain Gautam Gambhir often spoilt for choice.
Their aggression was also portrayed with the bat, as they often looked to open with a pinch hitter, while Gambhir's focus was on anchoring the innings. This often led to an imbalance in their batting lineup. Thus, this season, they are likely to try and create the perfect balance, in the hope of winning their third title in this coveted competition.
Faf du Plessis: South Africa (C)
Not retaining Gautam Gambhir was a massive call by the KKR management. Since taking over as captain, Gambhir has led them to two titles and has often finished in the top half of the table. However, his absence may well have been justifiable. At the age of 36, Gambhir has had a diminished impact on the franchise. He looks well beyond his capacity to play an aggressive innings, even when direly needed.
On the other hand, Faf is a far more pro active player and captain. With the ability of keeping things tight or going after the opposition, the South African is the perfect team player. Having represented South Africa, the seaming track at the Eden is likely to play to his strengths, making him a force to be reckoned with.
Having been sidelined past few seasons at Pune, he will be looking to revert to his CSK playing days, when he took the tournament by storm.