IPL 2019: Ideal batting line-up for the Kolkata Knight Riders
#3 Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana has been one of the most promising talents in the IPL over the last couple of years. He had a great season with the Mumbai Indians in 2017 and played a key role for the Knight Riders in 2018.
Rana has the ability to pace the innings well and play big shots whenever required which make him the perfect No.3 material in this batting line-up. Nitish Rana has scored 741 IPL runs from 32 games at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 130.
#4 Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa is a very versatile yet classy batsman who is a treat to watch when he gets going. He has been a very experienced campaigner in the IPL and at the KKR he has been the backbone of their batting line-up. His 4129 runs from 165 games at a strike-rate of 131 are evidence of this fact.
Uthappa has made a shift from his position at the top, allowing Narine and Lynn to unleash their full potential. His middle-order role now is even more decisive as he will have to press the accelerator when required or rescue the side after a collapse.