IPL 2022 – What KKR can do to win the game against the Rajasthan Royals
Kolkata Knight Riders started the IPL 2022 season strongly, but have struggled to win their last two matches. Shreyas Iyer made a few changes to the side, but they were in vain as KKR lost two consecutive matches. KKR have three victories and as many loses in their six games thus far.
The batting unit appears to be dependant on a few key individuals, since the top-order batters have been unable to replicate their recent form. The squad will need to get back on track in order to reclaim a spot in the top four in the points standings. Sunil Narine has been the most economical bowler in recent games, and he will be expected to maintain that form.
The Rajasthan squad is a tricky team to face and keeping that in mind, here are three changes that the KKR team can make, to win the game.
Number 1. Promoting Nitish Rana to open the innings
If Nitish Rana is promoted to the top order and forced to open the game alongside Venkatesh Iyer, as he did in the IPL 2021 season, there is a possibility that he may play more freely and openly.
Rana struck an explosive 80(56) with a strike rate of 142.85 in his IPL 2021 debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He maintained his form the following game, scoring a half-century against the Mumbai Indians.
Rana may be more effective in establishing the innings than in anchoring it down the order and under duress. A strong start with the bat can help the team establish a good total early on, which the batting line-up can then chase down.
Number 2. Re-introduce Tim Southee into the bowling attack
Tim Southee’s absence from the bowling line-up proved expensive for Shreyas Iyer’s side. Southee has been in just two games this season and already has five wickets to his name.
He has expertise defending scores in the death overs, and his outswinging ability benefits the squad. He also has the capacity to bat in a pinch if necessary.
Southee’s addition strengthens KKR’s bowling attack. He possesses the potential to take vital wickets in both the powerplay and death overs, eliminating the top order as well as the middle/lower order.
Number 3. Replace Aman Khan with Anukul Roy
Anukul Roy’s all-around capabilities can benefit KKR in both areas. After an outstanding performance at the U19 World Cup in 2018, he was signed by the Mumbai Indians and has had the opportunity to practise and play with some of cricket’s greats.
The 23-year-old rookie is extremely economical with the ball and also a slugger. He demonstrated his bat talents during his World Cup cameo against Pakistan, when his cameo helped India win the game.
He can contribute with the ball in the middle and then exit the game to finish in the lower order. He was a key member of India’s U19 World Cup-winning squad and can establish his worth for KKR as well if given the opportunity.