IPL season review: Kolkata Knight Riders

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Kolkata Knight Riders were champions in the 2012 season of the Indian Premier League and had finished in the top four in 2011, but their 2013 campaign has been far worse.

They did not only lose out on title this year, they even failed to qualify for Champions League tournament, which will be conducted later this year. 

Here we review their season to try to figure out what went wrong.

Last year KKR, finished second in the league table with 21 points behind Delhi Daredevils (22 Points) with a total of 10 wins and a net run rate of +0.567. This season however, the story is totally different with just 16 points from six wins and a net run rate of -0.095. 

After the first 12 games last season KKR Were able to win eight games where as this season they managed to win only four, which effectively ended their chances of finishing in the top four.

In the previous season KKR were able to win almost all the games against the teams in the bottom of the table and had lost just one point as one of their game was abandoned due to bad weather (Pune and Hyderabad), this season however, they lost once against both the teams at the bottom of the table (Delhi and Pune) grabbing just four points out of the possible eight. Had they won both the games it would have surely boosted their chances of finishing in the top four. 

Last Season KKR players Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine were favourites to win the Orange Cap and Purple Cap respectively. This season their performance has been quite questionable. Gambhir has scored a total of just 406 runs in 16 games with an average close to 26 and Sunil Narine managed to grab just 22 wickets when compared to Dwayne Bravo who sits a top with 32 wickets.

Jacques Kallis, who was one of best all rounder in the 2012 season, completely misfired this year. He was able to score two fifties in crucial games and take the game away from his opponents but this season he was not able to put 50 runs on the board for the team even once and ended the campaign with just 41 runs as his highest score.

Yusuf Pathan did not do that well with the bat this season again, thought he seemed to had found his touch with a knock of 72 towards the end of the tournament, it was too little of an effort and just too late for a player who was considered as a high profile signing.

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