THEY were completely down and out and almost languishing at the bottom of the table. The Kolkata Knight Riders had only two wins from seven games and looked awful as a team. However, the break in the IPL did a world of good to their team. After beating teams like the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, who were in the top four before the second leg of IPL began in UAE, Dubai, and Sharjah, Eoin Morgan and his men are looking sharp.
Their opener Venkatesh Iyer has added an extra dimension to their batting. He is easily the surprise hero. From two matches that KKR have played, Iyer was right on the money — scoring 94 runs with an impressive strike of 164.9. Their middle-order batting is yet to get a chance to prove its worth, and as the tournament itches towards the business end and they are ready for more games, KKR will have to depend on Iyer and a few more seniors to come good.
Fortunately or unfortunately, KKR doesn’t have the option of chopping and changing — like they often do when things go wrong on the field. Gautam Gambhir, the captain who won them two IPL titles, they are impatient with non-performing assets. It does not matter if he is the captain of the team. In simple words, the management is ruthless when it comes to performance. The proven players have that extra leg-space to stretch their luck, but more often than not it is not extended to lesser grade players.
Probably, that is the reason they don’t have a single player from Bengal in the team. But now it is their time to look ahead. Can they script a memorable story? Can they repeat their 2012 and 2014 IPL forms? Let’s sit back and watch them play!