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IPL 2023, the sixteenth season of IPL, is about to begin. The first match of this season will be played between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings on 31 March. In this IPL season, many new rules will be seen while the format will be old. The team of Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the IPL title twice, has also prepared fiercely this time. Kolkata Knight Riders have also made some changes in their team. Let us tell you what could be the Best Playing 11 for KKR in IPL 2023.
The first number in this list is Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das and Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who can handle the opening batting for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Left-handed all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is likely to be at number two. Venkatesh Iyer made his IPL debut a few years ago from KKR's team and batted brilliantly. Venkatesh can also do opening and part time medium fast bowling for KKR this season as well.
Nitish Rana can be sent to bat at number three, as Shreyas Iyer is not playing IPL due to injury. Nitish Rana has been associated with KKR for the last several years and scored 361 runs at a strike rate above 143 last season.
Rinku Singh can be given the responsibility of middle order at number four. Rinku Singh has also been associated with KKR for a long time and last season he performed very well.
Mandeep Singh may get a chance to play at number 5. In Mandeep Singh, KKR will get a right-handed Indian batsman in the middle order who can run the team and hit the big shots when needed.
At number 6 we have kept Andre Russell. The Kolkata team can also make Andre Russell its captain this time. Everyone knows how dangerous Andre Russell can prove to be at number 6.
At number 7, the name of another West Indies cricketer Sunil Narayan can be there. Sunil Narine can show his skills in batting as well and in bowling he did wonders in the last season as well. In IPL 2022, Sunil Narine gave runs at an excellent economy rate of 5.57 and also took a total of 9 wickets.
Shardul Thakur's name can be at number eight. Shardul Thakur used to play for Delhi Capitals last season but will be seen in KKR jersey this season. Shardul can do wonders with the ball as well as he is capable of helping his team a lot in batting as well.
Umesh Yadav is likely to be at number 9. Umesh Yadav bowled brilliantly for KKR last season. In Umesh, KKR will get an Indian pacer who can also lead their pace attack.
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Saudi can be named at number 10. Right-arm fast bowler Tim Southee can help KKR a lot with his bowling.
Varun Chakravarthy is expected at No.11, who has been playing the role of a mystery spinner for KKR for the last several seasons.
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