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IPL 2020, In Pics, Kolkata Knight Riders Team Review - Failure of Big Guns Cost KKR

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High point: The victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Dubai - by 60 runs - which gave KKR some hope of qualifying for the playoffs - was their best performance of the season. Eoin Morgan finally came into his own with an unbeaten 68 off 35 deliveries and Russell hit a quick-fire 25 off 11 deliveries.

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Low point: KKR gave the worst batting display by any team of IPL 2020 against RCB in Abu Dhabi. They were restricted to a paltry 84 for 8 with as many as 4 of their top 5 batsmen registering single-digit scores.

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Captaincy Verdict: KKR had a captaincy crisis mid-way into the tournament. With the team not doing well and his own performance in the doldrums, skipper Dinesh Karthik handed over the mantle to Eoin Morgan. The team did make some interesting changes under the England limited-overs' veteran's captaincy including sending Sunil Narine down the order but overall it was 4-3 under Karthik and 3-4 under Morgan.

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MVP: The architect-turned- cricketer, Varun Chakravarthy, was KKR's standout performer of the season. He was their highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets from 13 matches. Chakravarthy was also very restrictive conceding at an economy rate of just 6.84 runs per over - again, the lowest for KKR in the season. His best performance came against Delhi Capitals where he returned with 5-12 off his 4 overs - the second-best bowling spell by a KKR bowler in IPL history!

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Major disappointment: Andre Russell was the biggest disappointment for KKR in IPL 2020. Neither was he able to produce any substantial score nor a match-changing cameo. Russell could only muster 117 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 144.44 with a highest score of 25. He got many opportunities but never got the impetus and the connect at the start and was dismissed cheaply soon after. Pat Cummins scored more runs than Russell in the tournament!

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Season Verdict: KKR in IPL 2020 were a patch of the two-time former champions. The batting lacked firepower, even collapsed on a couple of occasions and the big guns failed to live up to their name and reputation. The bowling, barring Varun Chakravarthy, lacked intimidation and potency for the most part of the tournament. KKR were hot and cold and could not find any momentum at any stage in the tournament.


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