IPL 2013: Kolkata Knight Riders looking to defend their title

Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to emulate the success of the previous season ©AFP

New Delhi: April 2, 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to recreating the magic of the last Indian Premier League (IPL) season under the inspiring leadership of Gautam Gambhir.

Kolkata left behind their failures of previous editions by getting their hands on the IPL trophy for the first time in the fifth edition of the tournament.

Gambhir and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine were the team’s stars last season and they will again be the key players this time around. The other match-winners in the side are Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Yusuf Pathan and Eoin Morgan.

Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayke, who was bought for $625,000 at the IPL auction, is the surprise package in the squad. KKR will also hope to see last year’s man of the match in the final Manvinder Singh Bisla to fire again at the top.

Players to watch out for: Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum.

New recruits: Sachithra Senanayake, Ryan McLaren.

The squad: Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Marchant de Lange, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sachithra Senanayake, Ryan McLaren, Gautam Gambhir , Manoj Tiwary, Shami Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Pradeep Sangwan , Rajat Bhatia, Sarabjit Ladda, Iqbal Abdulla, Debabrata Das, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manvinder Bisla, Laxmi Ratan Shukla.