Owned by Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan among others, Kolkata Knight Riders, led by formidable skipper Gautam Gambhir, defeated the mighty Chennai Super Kings in 2012 title but failed to live up to the expectations in 2013 by winning merely six matches out of the 16 they played.
Though Gautam Gambhir, who took the reins from Saurav Ganguly, was consistent in the team, others lacked the killer instinct. Despite a superb spinner in Sunil Narine, an all-rounder in Jacques Kallis, they failed last year as no player could match the extreme situations when challenged.
Yusuf Pathan was one who made some blistering knocks in the last series and need to show his mettle in 2014 to win the title and win more matches this time.
2014 team has signed among others, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, and Vinay Kumar.
The team Kolkata Knight Riders will play against Mumbai Indian in the opening the IPL 2014 Match 1 in UAE first leg on April 16, 2014 at 8 pm IST.
Core Strength: The KKR team for IPL 7 or 2014 has not seen many changes, but spent heavily on pace bowlers and succeeded in getting Morkel, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, VRV Singh and Vinay Kumar.
Weakness: With Jacques Kallis, the South African legend may turn a burden as he is not apt for quick initial runs. Whenever he fails, the team will come under pressure. If Gautam Gambhir too fails, then the team loses its winning streak.
Prediction: The team is not on a strong footing and it remains to be seen how the new members will play in outwitting the batsmen.
Indian players: Gautam Gambhir, Manvinder Bisla, Piyush Chawla, Debabrata Das, Kuldeep Yadav, Sayan Mondal, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Veer Pratap Singh, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav
Overseas players: Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan Ten Doeschate
Probable Team: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar.