American Ali Khan joins Sandeep Lamichhane on Associates IPL charge

KKR batsmen Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik during their IPL match against Delhi Capital at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium New Delhi | PTI

KKR batsmen Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik during their IPL match against Delhi Capital at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium New Delhi | PTI

The name of the replacement is Ali Khan, a fast bowler from the United States of America and the interesting fact is he will be the first American to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier, former KKR player Brad Hogg had said that the ill relations between Russell and Karthik could hurt the franchise in the IPL 2020. However, now, IPL is all set to begin in Dubai this year and ahead of it, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted and cheered for his team.

Ali Khan represented the winning side, the Trinbago Knight Riders. KKR have always been among the strong contenders for the title and they usually start strong.

Looking at the balance of the team, one can not overlook KKR's chances in the tournament. Captained by Dinesh Karthik who took some bold calls about letting a few veterans go, the Knight Riders have only a few players from the team which had Gambhir as captain left. Morgan, the current England limited overs captain has a T20 worldwide strike rate of nearly 140, with 14 fifties.

Morgan is a classy-middle order player.

Khan aside, Knight Riders' overseas contingent includes batsmen Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton, allrounder Andre Russell, spinners (and pinch-hitter) Sunil Narine and Chris Green, and pacers Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson.

According to Hussey, there is a "bit of bromance" and "no rift" between Karthik and Russell.

KKR have spent enormous amount of money on their foreign recruits and will be hoping that they return dividends in the 13th season of the cash-rich tournament.

Shubman Gill will probably open the innings for Kolkata along with Sunil Narine. In fact, he is coming with coach McCullum.

Speaking on KKR's Instagram page, CEO Venky Mysore said the Trinbago Knight Riders loved Thambe's enthusiasm and it was on popular demand that he was added to the KKR support staff for IPL 2020. Will not having Robin Uthappa any more in their ranks any more make a big impact on both the think tank and the performances on the field?

During their two roller coaster seasons, it was their Jamaican star all-rounder Andre Russell who remained at his consistent best and was chosen as the Most-Valuable-Player in 2019 with 510 runs at an average of 56.66.

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