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Why Kolkata Knight Riders have the most balanced side in the IPL 2019

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It has been often seen in the Indian Premier League that the team that wins the tournament is not the team with many superstars but the team which is most balanced. The biggest example of this was the first season where no one expected a team like Rajasthan Royals to win the tournament but they were able to surprise many and went on to win the inaugural season.

Also, Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL when they had utility players and not superstars like Chris Gayle or Brendon McCullum.

Kolkata Knight Riders last won the championship in 2014
Kolkata Knight Riders last won the championship in 2014

Coming to Indian Premier League 2019, the Kolkata Knight Riders looks the most balanced side in the tournament. They perhaps have the best-balanced side in this year's tournament. They have every base covered whether it be their bowling, batting or all-rounders.

Batting

Kolkata Knight Riders have the superpower in their batting line up to disturb the line and length of any bowler. They have big hitters like Chris Lynn at the top of the order who can just take the game away from the opposition single-handedly.

Chris Lynn can single-handedly win the match for Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn can single-handedly win the match for Kolkata Knight Riders

To complement him well, KKR has the likes of experienced campaigners like Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik who can play very well according to the situation. Dinesh Karthik has the responsibility of finishing the game for KKR.

Kolkata Knight Riders have very exciting two young talents who impressed us last year with their batting in Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana. Shubman Gill will be very high on confidence as he recently got the Indian call.

Bowling

The bowling department also looks quite impressive. The spin trio of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, and Kuldeep Yadav have a lot of T20 experience between them. They in the past has won many matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Both of them have won many matches for Kolkata Knight Riders
Both of them have won many matches for Kolkata Knight Riders
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The pace bowling looks inexperienced but they have that raw pace which can upset the rhythm of any batsman. Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi impressed last year with their performance. Kamlesh Nagarkoti is another bowler to watch out for. With the inclusion of Lockie Ferguson and Anrich Nortje, it has only strengthened the KKR bowling line-up.

All-rounders

Kolkata Knight Riders might have one of the best T20 allrounders currently playing the game in Andre Russell. Andre Russell can contribute equally with both the bat and the ball. Sunil Narine also when is sent up to open the innings make useful contributions.

Andre Russell is one of the key players for Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell is one of the key players for Kolkata Knight Riders

Carlos Brathwaite has been included in the squad for this season. It is difficult for him to get a game but when given an opportunity he can also have a good impact.

All in all the Kolkata Knight Riders look quite balanced side for this year's IPL.

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