KKR vs RCB, Match 9 of IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders Player Availability & Probable Playing XI

Published on: Apr 4, 2023 1:49 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 4, 2023 1:49 pm IST


A Shreyas Iyer-less Kolkata Knight Riders were bumped into the wall by Punjab Kings in their opening match of the season. Kolkata Knight Riders lost a rain-curtailed match by 7 wickets. After a loss in their opening game of the season, KKR will be looking to bounce back in this match.

KKR vs RCB Team News: Shakib Al Hasan has opted out of the season

So far it has not been the season Kolkata Knight Riders would have been hoping for. After skipper Shreyas Iyer ruled out for at least half of the season, another senior pro Shakib Al Hasan has opted out from IPL 2023 citing personal reasons. Shakib was slated to join KKR after the T20I series against Ireland, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board has asked him to play the one-off Test as well. Shakib has conveyed his unavailability to KKR team management and soon his replacement will be named.

Litton Das still unavailable

Bangladesh wicket-keeper batter Litton Das is yet to join the squad. Das who was picked by KKR at his base price will be featuring in the IPL for the first time. He will be joining KKR’s camp after the completion of the one-off Test against Ireland.

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Predicted KKR playing 11

1. Venkatesh Iyer
2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz
3. Mandeep Singh/Anukul Roy
4. Nitish Rana
5. Rinku Singh
6. Andre Russell
7. Shardul Thakur
8. Sunil Narine
9. Umesh Yadav
10. Tim Southee
11. Varun Chakravarthy

  • Venkatesh Iyer is expected to open the innings alongside Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
  • One between Anukul Roy or Mandeep Singh will be in the playing and bat at no 3, the other may come into play as Impact Player.
  • Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, and Andre Russell will form the middle-order.
  • Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee and Varun Chakravarthy will complete the bowling unit.

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