Kolkata Knight Riders: Morgan’s men aim to end six-year hurt
For the last two years, KKR have lost steam after building momentum to enter the qualifiers ©AFP
If you’re a Red Bull racing fan in Formula 1, the hybrid era surely has been the foremost frustrating a part of their journey within the sport. Four consecutive Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships then nothing for subsequent six years. In IPL’s context, Kolkata Knight Riders have followed a somewhat similar path – two titles in space of three years then nothing for subsequent six years. The title drought has been extremely frustrating for KKR given the side boasts of some T20 heavyweights and a few exciting young talents.
Shakib al Hasan knows what success seems like . He was within the middle when KKR won their maiden title in 2012. He then played a key role in 2014 when the franchise bagged their second title in three years. After a two-year stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad, and a year-long exile from the sport , it is not surprising that Shakib is once against back in prominence in IPL. consistent with KKR’s analyst, AR Srikkanth, once they sat right down to plan for the 2021 auction, Shakib was one player the franchise was wanting to get.
It’ll be unfair to mention KKR are banking too heavily on Shakib to finish their title drought. But, as Srikkanth says, Shakib provides them protect three of their players – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and to an extent Eoin Morgan.
For the last two years, KKR have lost steam after building momentum to enter the qualifiers. They’ve tried to feature some title-winning experience to their ranks – in Ben Cutting, Harbhajan Singh and Shakib – and can hope they’re ready to sustain the momentum throughout the tournament