The countdown starts the new season of Indian Premier League 2017. Team Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to make it reckon in the 10th season of the IPL which will begin from April 5th Wednesday.
Knight Riders will play the first match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 7th Friday, KKR still looking to get their team grouping right.
Indian powerful and aggressive right-handed batsman Yusuf Pathan and senior pro thinks that the bowling strength of season 10th will be KKR’s.
On Sunday, Yusuf said ahead of their practice session at the Eden Gardens “This year we have a lot of variety.”
Knight Rider’s manager picked up the pace attacker at the auction of season 10th are England’s Chris Woakes, Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile, New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Caribbean Roveman Powell and also Indian pacer Umesh Yadav.
Gautam Gambhir’s side is also fine heap in the spin like left-arm spinner Shakib AI-Hasan, off-spinner Sunil Narine, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in ranks.
Talking about young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep, the 34-year-old said Pathan said: “He has a bright future and should do very well for us.”
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KKR also have bowlers like Rishi Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla and they are handy customers with the bat. Yusuf reckons will add a lot of strength to Kolkata Knight Riders batting.
Pathan said “When you have such a wide variety of players competing for sports in the playing XI, it is a healthy sign. He had a lot of positive impact on the team in the last couple of seasons and his lively presence in the dressing room will be missed.”
Pathan added, “I don’t agree that Russell’s absence puts us on the back foot. In a long tournament like IPL, teams are bound to miss key players at times for a variety of reasons. We have to look ahead and work with the ones who are available.”
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When asked whether it will hurt the team’s performance, Pathan said “We are playing our first couple of matches away from home. It takes the pressure off us.”
“We are well aware of the conditions in Rajkot and Mumbai. As professional cricketers we are expected to adapt quickly,” he added.