Kolkata Knight Riders had to start without Shreyas Iyer
Command of the team handed over to Nitish Rana, lost in the first match
New Delhi. Kolkata Knight Riders, who have won the IPL title twice, did not have a good start in the 16th season of the league. Even before the start of the tournament, regular captain Shreyas Iyer left the team. It is not yet decided whether Shreyas will be able to return to the league or not. In his absence, Nitish Rana has been given the responsibility of captaincy. Coming to play their first match on Saturday, Punjab gave another blow to Kolkata by defeating them by 7 runs in a rain-affected match. Meanwhile, news came that the team’s star players Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das would not be able to join the team for the next few matches.
Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Liton Das are included in the team of Kolkata Knight Riders. After the series of 3 T20 matches against Ireland, both the players were supposed to join the KKR camp, but now this will not happen.
In fact, Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das have been selected in the Bangladesh team for the Test match against Ireland. This test will be played in Mirpur from 4th April. This means that Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das will be able to join Kolkata Knight Riders only after 8 April.
Both players are in excellent form
Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan are in excellent form at the moment. In the second T20 match against Ireland, Liton Das made Pachasa Thok in just 18 balls to record the fastest half-century in this format for Bangladesh. In this match, he played a stormy inning of 83 runs in 41 balls. At the same time, Shakib Al Hasan is rocking both with the bat and the ball. In the second T20, Shakib scored 32 runs and made 5 batsmen of Ireland his victim by giving just 22 runs. Kolkata Knight Riders were eagerly waiting for their two star performers.
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 01, 2023, 20:59 IST