For a team that finished fourth under the leadership of a new captain last season, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), with Dinesh Karthik at the helm of affairs, have come into their own to establish themselves as serious contenders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season.
The Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise has won four out of the six games they've played so far in the tournament. With just two defeats and eight points for their showing, KKR are currently placed at the second spot, right behind defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), in the IPL points table.
However, despite a series of clinical performances this season, Kolkata aren't taking any chances when it comes to fixing the chinks in their armour. In fact, in what appears to be a crucial addition to their squad, the Knights are set to introduce Matt Kelly as a replacement for their South African recruit Anrich Nortje who has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury.April 11, 2019
While Matt Kelly isn't a name that would straightaway ring a bell, at least in India, his lack of popularity shouldn't overshadow the bowling might this Australian T20 specialist brings to the table.
Born in South Africa before moving to Australia at the age of four, Kelly has already proved his credentials with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. The uncapped Aussie has also played 16 First-Class matches, five List A games and 12 T20s so far in his budding career. But, what makes him a deadly addition to KKR is his ability to outwit the opposition batsmen in the death overs with cunning variations and a mean yorker.
That's the length âhttps://t.co/GlqmcKF8Q5— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) April 11, 2019
The 24-year-old's success with the ball has also impressed former Australian greats including Mark Waugh who had earlier described him as a "bolter" with the ability to consistently bowl yorkers at the end of the innings. Waugh further claimed that the youngster deserves to be in the mix for Australia's squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
Dislodged from the top of the points table after a meek surrender to Chennai in their last game, KKR will hope young Kelly comes to the party when they lock horns with Delhi Capitals (DC) at the hallowed Eden Gardens on 12th April.