IPL 2021: Shubman Gill lights up KKR’s practice games, can he turn around his form in Phase 2?

IPL 2021: KKR's opener Shubman Gill's big declaration, 'we will finish in top 4 of IPL Points table'
IPL 2021: KKR's opener Shubman Gill's big declaration, 'we will finish in top 4 of IPL Points table'

IPL 2021: Shubman Gill is fit and raring to go after a comeback from injury as Kolkata Knight Riders continue with their preparations for the IPL 2021 Phase 2. The two-time champions will resume their campaign with a clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and are in dire need of a fresh start following their struggles in Phase 1. KKR are second from bottom in the IPL 2021 standings and will need a Herculean effort to make it to the playoffs.

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IPL 2021: Shubman Gill lights up KKR’s practice games, can he turn around his form in Phase 2?

The IPL 2021 Phase 2 offers Shubman Gill the chance to make his case again as a limited-overs cricketer after a tumultuous last few months. While Gill excelled in his debut tour of Australia, he struggled to keep up, struggling in the IPL 2021 Phase 1 and the WTC final. An injury ruled him out of the series against England, but the 22-year-old is now back fit and looks set to banish the ghosts of his poor form.

IPL 2021: Gill has lit up KKR’s practise games so far, scoring immensely to roar back into form and will be itching to set the record straight when he walks into bat. The 22-year-old has been criticised for his lack of impetus and adventure in the first six overs, and his strike rates have been frustrating for the team management and the fans. Nonetheless, Shubman will hope to showcase his super timing and continue where he left off in the practice games for KKR.

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IPL 2021: Eoin Morgan’s side is struggling & have very little chance to qualify for Playoffs. They are currently at No. 7 with only 2 victories to their credit in 7 matches. With 7 remaining games, KKR needs a minimum of 5 victories and will hope others in contention slip. KKR have to lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings (PBKS), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the remaining 7 matches.

KKR’s schedule in IPL 2021 phase 2

Match Details Date Time Venue
KKR vs Royal Challengers Bangalore September 20, 2021 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
KKR vs Mumbai Indians September 23, 2021 7:30 PM  Abu Dhabi
KKR vs Chennai Super Kings September 26, 2021 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi
KKR vs Delhi Capitals September 28, 2021 3:30 PM Sharjah
KKR vs Punjab Kings October 1, 2021 7:30 PM Dubai
KKR vs Sunrisers Hyderabad October 3, 2021 7:30 PM Dubai
KKR vs Rajasthan Royals October 7, 2021 7:30 PM Sharjah

 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) /  Rajasthan Royals (RR)  /  Punjab Kings (PBKS)  /  Delhi Capitals (DC)  /  Mumbai Indians (MI)  /  Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)  /  Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)  /  Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Kolkata Knight Riders Full Squad

Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee.