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Starting XI of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2024




Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had a field day in the IPL auction 2024. The 2-time champions bought Mitchell Starc for a record price in the auction and strengthened their pace bowling. They have some very good players that can help them to be a better side than in 2023. The return of Shreyas Iyer will be a big boost for them. There are some exciting players in the lineup of KKR and fans would be looking forward to their play. It is time to look at their probable starting XI for the season.

Top order

Their top order consists of some talented batters. The innings would be started by Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The Afghanistan sensation is aggressive with the bat at the top, although not that consistent. But it will help KKR to get good starts which they lacked in IPL 2023. They are likely to open with Venkatesh Iyer at the other end, whose form is a genuine concern. The Southpaw was not great in 2023.

For KKR, the lower middle-order batters hold a key, and the role of the top-order batters becomes essential. Venkatesh needs to have a stellar season with the bat to prove himself as a genuinely good batter at the IPL level. He is yet to prove it and would be looking forward to doing the same. Although he takes time to get set in the middle, he can launch after getting into his grooves.

To follow him would be Nitish Rana, who seems to be hungry and angry. He is hungry for runs and angry for not being picked on the Indian team. He will be desperate to perform for KKR and is looking forward to giving his best with the bat. St number 3, his role would be crucial for KKR, as he must click in order to allow others around him to bat the way they would like to.


While the top order remains a concern for KKR, it is their middle order that looks dangerous. Shreyas Iyer at number 4 will have to give his best as a batter, given his contention in the T20 World Cup 2024. He would be back as the skipper of KKR for 2024 and a lot would be expected from him as a leader. KKR has been poor in the last 2 seasons as a team and fans would be hoping to erase it.

At number 5, KKR has emerging talent like Rinku Singh. He is one of the best finishers in world cricket at the moment. The youngster was highly impressive in the IPL 2023 and finished matches on his own. KKR would be hoping for similar performances from Rinku come the IPL 2024, which would help him to prepare for the T20 World Cup 2024 as well.

At number 6 and 7, KKR will have Andre Russell and Sunil Narine respectively. These two have been the face of the franchise for a long time. KKR would hope to see them give their best in the IPL 2024. Russell would be at number 6 as the ultimate finisher of the side. At number 7, Narine is likely to finish the games. If necessary, Anukul Roy might be brought in as an impact player for some extra runs.

Lower order

As far as their bowling is concerned, it will mostly depend on their spinners. They have the quality spin trio of Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, and Suyash Sharma. Their mantra would be spin to win. Hence, it would be good for them to prepare spin-friendly tracks, rather than the flat ones that do not support their bowlers. Moreover, their pace attack is more or less dependent on Mitchell Starc.

It will be the Australian star pacer who must carry their bowling in the PP overs and at the death. It will be crucial for KKR for Starc to come good in IPL 2024. With the new ball, Starc can swing the ball early in the innings. With the old ball, he still has an effective yorker. The new rule in the IPL of allowing 2 bouncers per over would be helpful for Starc and make him a lot more lethal.

The support for Starc in the pace department would be another concern. KKR has some options like Andre, Harshit Rana, Chetan Sakariya and others. But not many of them can be relied on to deliver the goods for the 2-time champions. Rana is likely to operate with the new ball along with Starc, which would be a big learning curve for him. Sakariya might be used as an impact player by KKR.

Here’s their probable starting XI in IPL 2024 –

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma, Harshit Rana

Impact player: Chetan Sakariya


Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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