Two of the five teams that make up the Indian Premier League have competed in every season that has been played so far: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS). Back in 2008, when the league first began operations, there were a total of eight clubs, and the two teams in question were among those eight. Both of the franchises have some connection with the Indian film industry, which serves as a connecting factor between the two teams. Preity Zinta, an actress, is one of the co-owners of the Punjab franchise, while Shah Rukh Khan, also an actor, is one of the co-owners of the Kolkata squad.
Shikhar Dhawan, who is the captain of the Punjab Kings, and Venkatesh Iyer, who is an all-rounder for the Kolkata Knight Riders, will begin the batting for this squad. In the Indian Premier League, both of the left-handed hitters have contributed significantly to the success of their respective clubs over the course of a few innings. Iyer had a dismal season in 2022, but he was instrumental in Kolkata’s march to second place in 2021. In 2021, Kolkata finished second. Dhawan, on the other hand, amassed the most runs for Punjab during the Indian Premier League 2022 with 460 runs from a total of 14 innings.
This team’s star-studded middle-order includes KKR players Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana as the number three and number four hitters, respectively. Shreyas Iyer is this team’s number three batter. Nitish Rana is this team’s number four batter. Both Iyer and Rana have a significant amount of experience playing in the Indian Premier League. They finished first and second, respectively, in terms of run scoring for Kolkata in the IPL 2022. The ‘X-factor’ players for this squad will include hard-hitting all-rounders Liam Livingstone and Andre Russell. Wicket-keeper Jitesh Sharma and Sam Curran, the player with the highest salary in the IPL, will play the finisher’s position together.
Umesh Yadav and Arshdeep Singh, both of whom hail from India, will take the reins as the primary speed bowling threats for this playing XI. In the previous season of the Indian Premier League, Yadav made a sensational return to the competition by claiming 16 wickets while playing for the KKR squad in a total of 12 matches. He had the second-highest total number of wickets taken by the squad. In a short amount of time, Arshdeep Singh has established himself as one of the top fast bowlers in Indian cricket. The left-handed pacer finished the previous season with 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.7 runs per match played.
Sunil Narine is selected to play for this team despite competition from Kagiso Rabada and Jonny Bairstow. This is because to the restriction that only four players may come from outside of the country. During the previous season, the all-rounder for KKR collected nine wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 5.57. In addition to that, he has provided the organisation with some whirlwind knocks.
The following players were selected for the team: Shikhar Dhawan, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Andre Russell, Sam Curran, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, and Arshdeep Singh.