Significant contributions in previous games. With two young and in-form batsmen in the squad and a finesse bowling department comprising pacers Mohammed Shami, skipper Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, KKR might find it difficult in the away match.
While the likes of Shami, Raheed and Alzarri Joseph have been effective, with the Indian pacer emerging as the leading wicket-taker with five wickets in two matches, his inability to contain runs in the powerplay overs is something that has bothered the bowling legend. Will have to find out ahead of the clash against the two-time IPL champions.
KKR, on the other hand, have an interesting conundrum before they take the field against Gujarat Titans. With Jason Roy included in the squad after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was injured and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan pulled out, it remains to be seen how KKR deal with the England opener after the exploits of young Afghanistan wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz. fits. At the top.
Roy is likely to replace Gurbaj. However, an 81-run victory against star-studded RCB, aided by an all-round show from Shardul, a dream debut by Delhi teenager Suyash Sharma – who took 3/30 – and the talents of slow bowlers Varun Chakravarthy (4/15) and Sunil Narine (2/16) will give skipper Nitish Rana enough confidence to go into the game with a positive attitude.
(With PTI inputs)