IPL 2018 is some two and half weeks away and the already curtailed Knight Riders squad have been struck with many injury and disciplinary concerns ahead of that.
Venky Mysore(Middle) is KKR’s CEO
Kolkata Knight Riders, who have the least number of players among the eight teams, now may well be without their four main overseas players ahead of their IPL opener against Royal Challengers Banglaore on 8th April.
But much to the relief of their fans, KKR CEO Venky Mysore on Wednesday cleared the air about the injury concerns of Chris Lynn and Andre Russell, saying that the two foreign players are expected to be available for the side for the first match.
“We are expecting Lynn and Russell to play on 8 April. They will join the camp,” Mysore said at the occasion of Sourav Ganguly’s Kolkata leg book launch of ‘A Century Is Not Enough’.
Chris Lynn has been decent for the KKR
Lynn and Russell both pulled out from the ongoing Pakistan Super League due to shoulder and hamstring injury respectively, although their injury duration is still unclear but the Knight Riders team management are optimistic that the duo will be fit for them from the start. Russell missed the last IPL due to a ban on him while Chris Lynn played a big part in their campaign last term where the Knights finished 3rd in the season.
Mysore further gave an update on Mitchell Starc’s fitness as the Australian spearhead has a sore calf and currently in South Africa.
Mitchell Starc was bought in 2018 auction by Knight Riders
“I think Starc’s report was not necessarily very accurate. He is absolutely fine. It’s a bit unfortunate with the injuries. All the reports we are getting, they are making very good progress. Fingers crossed,” he said.
Kolkata Knight Riders are two time IPL champions and they have more of a young blooded team this time around with many under 19 Indian stars. They have a captain in Dinesh Karthik who has proved his worth recently for India, and with all the things kept together, the team from the City of Joy can end up surprising some pundits at the end of the tournament.