Five Positives for KKR from IPL 2019
Vivo IPL season 12 was nothing less than a rollercoaster ride for us. Four wins in the first five games, a close super over loss against Delhi Capitals, followed by five more defeats which changed the complexion for the side.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik and his Knights gave their best but our resistance ended against Mumbai Indians in a must win game.
While there are many 'what if' moments that will spin in our heads, we just can't overlook all the positives that we had during the season. Those entertaining knocks and game changing bowling spells that came at the right time.
We've listed down our five big positives from the IPL 2019 season:
Andre Russell - The fighter in all conditions
At the start of the season, we expected Dre Russ to do incredible things for KKR like he always does. The Jamaican all rounder finished the season as our highest run getter (510 runs) for us at a brilliant strike-rate of 204.81. He also has the most number of sixes (52) this season, well ahead of Chris Gayle who has 34 maximum to his name. He also proved vital with the ball by picking up 11 wickets, highest for us this season.
The future in Shubman Gill
The batting position for Shubman Gill was a big question for quite some time. The 19-year old was trusted as a regular opener during the later stages of the season. The young Knight paid dividend and played two crucial knocks (76 vs MI in Kolkata & 65* vs KXIP in Mohali) in two knockout games. He also played a sublime knock of 65 against DC at Eden Gardens.
The role of Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana played as an opener, no.3 spot and at the lower order as well. He had to adjust his game as per the team's requirement and did a fantastic job. Be it from opening the innings (68 runs) against SRH in our first game to coming in at number five (85*) and almost winning us the game against RCB in a mammoth 214 run chase. He ended IPL 2019 with 344 runs and 3 fifties to his name along with 3 wickets as a part-timer.
Chris Lynn made his presence felt
The Australian had a slow start to the season. His 50 against SRH in Hyderabad was one of the slowest in IPL history. His experience was needed in the dressing room and it didn't take him long to turn things around. Lynn finished the season with 405 runs with the second most number of boundaries from KKR. Four of his last five scores were 51 vs SRH, 54 vs MI, 46 vs KXIP & 41 vs MI. He played a crucial role in giving good starts to the team.
Sandeep ‘ The Warrior’
The Keralite only played last three matches for KKR. After KKR put up a mammoth 232 runs on board, MI were expected to go hard on our bowlers. Playing only his first IPL match, Warrier bowled like a senior pro and finished the match as the second most economical bowler. In the next game against KXIP, he dismissed the dangerous duo of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul and showcased his ability with the new ball. In 3 matches, his economy rate was just 7.08 and he made it difficult for the batsmen to tackle the swing he generated with the new ball.