Kolkata Knight Riders go into IPL 10 hoping to put their off-field controversies behind them.
Last season’s fourth-placed side have added plenty of talent to their line-up, so they should be able to do just that.
Their immediate focus will be on a trip to Gujarat Lions, who are slight favourites for the game at 4/5.
Yet, it would be foolish to write KKR off, even if they are missing Darren Bravo. The West Indies international suffered a knock in training earlier this week and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be fit enough to play.
With new additions Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Riders are going to have a pretty scary bowling attack.
Umesh Yadav will be hoping to continue some of his impressive form from the Australia series in the domestic game
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Captain Gautam Gambhir will be relying on his side’s home form this season – their pitch in Kolkata is conducive to their four spinners, and they’ll have to wait and see what the wicket is like at Gujarat.
A victory would be the perfect start, but Gujarat are not going to make it easy for them.