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Preview to second period - Kolkata

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Talking of the second period of the Sports Pundit IPL Fantasy and the players from Kolkata Knight Riders, the first name that comes to mind is the man for all seasons – including some of the controversial ones too – Sourav Ganguly. His performances in the first period were more of fifty-fifty kinds, with one good inning with the bat, and a bowling spell to remember. For the second period, he should feature in all four matches and could just be given a second thought on getting him into the team.

However, keeping one’s emotions aside, one could also look at Chris Gayle as the all-rounder option. Gayle’s only problem is that he seemed injured in the previous match that Kolkata lost and whether he has sufficiently recovered from it to be able to bowl as well. Amongst the wicket-keepers from all the teams, Adam Gilchrist, Brendon McCullum and M.S. Dhoni are the only three who are skippers – and so will all matches – and only the former two bat as openers. I would have picked McCullum over Gilli for the simple reason that he will play a match more, but now, given that McCullum hasn’t played even one inning of note, I can sense the law of averages working in his favour.

Effectively, it means that a big one is coming our way from McCullum. Needs to come good>

On the other hand, Brad Hodge has earned the wrath of many for being persisted with despite his lack of form; he hasn’t even looked like scoring too many. Buying him would be at one’s own risk!

Amongst the Kolkata bowlers, Ashok Dinda was a favourite, but he hasn’t done much to merit a consistent place in the side. Neither has Ajit Agarkar, and which is why I shall play it safe by getting in Ishant Sharma instead. Ajantha Mendis is a kind of bowler who has a four or a five wicket haul waiting around the corner; especially if the tail-enders are around and so, I would consider one of the two aforementioned bowlers.

Moises Henriques was one all-rounder who was chucked after a couple of matches, and till Ganguly acquits himself reasonably with the ball, I see no way back for Henriques. Again, his selection by the Sports Pundit IPL Fantasy experts could be a tad too risky.