Kolkata: Known as game-changers in the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will once again be in full force to bring back the title home. With a fair bit of time since both teams have won the trophy, it is going to be interesting how they perform this season which is happening in the UAE from September 19.
SRH will kick off their campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on September 21 in Dubai while KKR play their opener against Mumbai Indians on September 23 in Abu Dhabi.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR were hit on the very first day in 2008 when the current coach and then player Brendon McCullum hit a 73-ball 158 against RCB. Thereafter, the Kolkata-based franchise have won the title in 2012 and 2014, both under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir.
With Dinesh Karthik at helm and the mind 2019 World Cup-winning England skipper Eoin Morgan in the side, the side is expected to do well. They have reached the playoffs in 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
KKR is currently on one pacer short. After the withdrawal of Harry Gurney, the franchise had identified Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh as his replacement but the Bangladesh Cricket Board has denied him the NOC to play in the cash-rich league.
Squad: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth.
SRH came into existence in 2012 after Deccan Chargers were terminated by the tournament committee over some financial issue. They have won the title once in 2016 and finished runners-up in 2018. The team will be captained by David Warner replacing kane Williamson and coached by Trevor Bayliss.
Squad: David Warner (Captain), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain) Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Fabian Allen, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sanjay Yadav, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bavanaka Sandeep.