When the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on the Delhi Daredevils in the refurbished Eden Gardens stadium,the strong turnout will witness several battle within battles.
While Sehwag will be without his top overseas recruits,Gautam Gambhir has an excess of riches to choose from. Jacques Kallis,Brett Lee,Shakib Al Hasan,Brendon McCullum,Ryan ten Doeschate,Marchant de Lange,Sunil Narine – all his match winners are fit and available for selection. Sehwag,however,will miss Mahela Jayawardene,Kevin Pietersen and David Warner in the first match as they are busy playing for their respective countries and also Ross Taylor,who is out injured. Without them,Delhis batting looks thin on paper and the onus would be on the skipper,much like last season,to overcome the odds. Delhis bowling strength will give the skipper some assurance.
Formidable seam attack
With Morne Morkel,Umesh Yadav,Andre Russel,Doug Bracewell and Irfan Pathan in their ranks,Daredevils have one of the best seam attacks in the tournament. And while Yusuf comes with a proven record in the shortest format,the balance Irfan lends to a side cannot be ignored.
After a series of poor performances,the Knight Riders qualified for the eliminators last year but failed to go the distance. With their captain showing signs of returning to form in the last few international matches,the bowling coach Wasim Akram has already urged Gambhir to win the IPL to prove a point (to the selectors).
Gambhir will be hoping,like it has often been with KKR,it will not be a case of too many cooks spoling the broth. Shamik Chakrabarty
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