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IPL 2022 – The BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI to face the Mumbai Indians

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are eighth in the IPL 2022 points table with four wins in 11 league matches. If the team wins its remaining league games, it has an outside chance of making the playoffs. Lucknow Super Giants gave them their heaviest loss of the season,  by 75 runs, in their last encounter.

After conceding 176 runs, KKR’s batting performance against LSG was poor, as they were outscored by 101 points. At DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai, they will face the Mumbai Indians in their next league match. Venkatesh Iyer and Pat Cummins are projected to be in the starting lineup for this game.

Shreyas Iyer has a lot of thinking to do in terms of his squad selection, and in this article, we seek to put ourselves in his shoes and select our BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI to face the Mumbai Indians.

Baba Indrajith and Venkatesh Iyer open the innings

 

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One of the main reasons for the team’s failure has been their openers’ inability to offer a decent start. The crew tried various combinations but did not achieve the intended results. Even seasoned players like Aaron Finch and Ajinkya Rahane have struggled.

The Kolkata Knight Riders are anticipated to bring back Venkatesh Iyer and start him in this game. Despite scoring only 132 runs in nine outings at an average of 16.50, he could be called up again to fill the shoes of Finch, who has been disappointing.

Baba Indrajith, an established performer on the domestic circuit, did not seize his opportunity but is anticipated to retain his position in the team due to his wicket-keeping ability. He has only scored 21 runs at a strike rate of 70 in three matches and has to step up and give KKR a much-needed boost in the powerplay overs.

 

Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, and Rinku Singh strengthen the middle order

 

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The middle-order has been unreliable this season, paving the way for the team’s middling results, and they are practically out of the playoff picture. There have been numerous changes in the middle order as well, which has left most batters feeling nervous and lacking confidence.

Captain Shreyas Iyer has 330 runs scored in 11 innings at an average of 33, although he has not been at his best. He has mostly struggled to translate starts into large scores. He was removed for six in his last innings, but he will want to go back to his normal form.

Nitish Rana, a left-handed batter, has also been erratic in his output, scoring 250 runs in 11 games. Rinku Singh, on the other hand, has been impressive since his entry into the team.

 

Andre Russell and Sunil Narine offer all-rounder support

 

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Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, two Caribbean players who have been crucial contributors for the Knight Riders in recent years, were two of the four retained players. Despite not performing well this season, they will be significant contributors in both departments.

Russell has 272 runs in 11 matches and 12 wickets, indicating that he is in good form. He recorded figures of 2/22 and contributed 45 off 19 balls in his last game and will want to maintain that success.

On the other side, Narine’s batting performance has been poor, but his knock of 22 off 12 balls in the past game could keep him motivated for this match. He has taken 11 wickets and scored 49 runs in eight league matches.

 

Anukul Roy, Pat Cummins, Tim Southee, and Harshit Rana

 

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In this game, the side can choose to use two experienced overseas pacers to limit the opposition. Pat Cummins, an Australian pacer, has supplied runs at a high cost but could win a call-up in this game. He has four wickets at an economy of 12 in four outings and has scored 63 runs.

Anukul Roy, the spinner, has taken a wicket at an economy rate of 7.83 and is poised to keep his spot. Harshit Rana, who has the same wickets as the spinner but a greater economy of 10.20, can also keep his spot.

Tim Southee, a Kiwi bowler, has proved costly on a few times but has routinely collected up wickets. In six outings, he has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.71.