The two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are ready for yet another season of T20 cricket. But they have already taken a number of blows even before the start of the 10th edition of the IPL.

 

They lost out on their star all-rounder Andre Russell as he has been banned for a year from any form of cricket for doping. Recently, Enforcement Directorate has sent a show cause notice to KKR’s owners Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan and Juhi Chawla for violating FEMA guidelines.

 

Despite these factors, KKR did a fair amount of business at the mini IPL 2017 auction. They have roped in some talented players in the form of Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell and couple more uncapped players.

 

They are a side which never tinkers with the core and they have maintained it this year as well. Boult will be an ideal replacement for Morne Morkel, who was released earlier. They have also retained their star players in the form of – Shakib al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav and more. Most importantly, most of these players are in form currently and they will all look to emulate that in IPL 2017 as well for their side.

 

Skipper Gautam Gambhir should step up to the plate himself as his form would mean a lot to KKR as they are one side who defies bogging down every single season. They have one of the strongest sides in the IPL and they would want to replicate their strength on the field in IPL 2017.

 

Click her for the complete schedule of IPL.

 

Complete squad of Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajput, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh.

 

Key players: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Shakib al Hasan, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav.

 

Here is the complete schedule of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017:

 

Date

Day

Teams

Venue

Time

April 7

Friday

Gujarat Lions

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Rajkot

8 PM

April 9

Sunday

Mumbai Indians

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Mumbai

8 PM

April 13

Thursday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kings XI Punjab

 Kolkata

8 PM

April 15

Saturday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers Hyderabad

 Kolkata

4 PM

April 17

Monday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Delhi Daredevils

 Delhi

4 PM

April 21

Friday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Gujarat Lions

 Kolkata

8 PM

April 23

Sunday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 Kolkata

8 PM

April 24

Wednesday

Rising Pune Supergiant

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Pune

8 PM

April 28

Friday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Delhi Daredevils

 Kolkata

4 PM

April 30

Sunday

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Hyderabad

8 PM

May 3

Wednesday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Rising Pune Supergiant

 Kolkata

8 PM

May 7

Sunday

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Bengaluru

4 PM

May 9

Tuesday

Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Mohali

8 PM

May 13

Saturday

Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians

 Kolkata

8 PM