Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir says KKR captain Dinesh Karthik made a miscalculation
They overseas slots may cause difficulties in selection
The lack of depth in the pace department, as described earlier, would mean that KXIP has to field an overseas pacer. Jimmy Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are the other overseas choices.
All 5 players can make genuine arguments as to why they have to be part of the XI game, but KXIP can select only three. Concerning team balance, this could turn out to be a significant challenge, and a bad performance or two could result in the absence of a settled mix.
Kl Rahul lack of experience in captaincy might cause them trouble
Though Rahul is likely to perform well as captain, considerations that must be taken into account are his lack of experience in the role and the effect that it could have on his batting.
Rahul is the team's opening batsman, and may not be able to play with equal freedom now that he has the captain's tag next to his name. In crunch cases, his inexperience may have cost KXIP dearly, with him not having anyone like R Ashwin to call upon.
If KXIP hits the IPL 2020 knockouts, this will be a more significant concern, but if they do, Rahul will have already done a pretty good job.
KXIP's most significant buy Glenn Maxwell pay off
In the IPL 2020 auction, Glenn Maxwell was KXIP's most significant buy, and they are sure to build their middle-order around the explosive batsman.
Although this has worked in KXIP patches in the past, with the UAE leg of the 2014 IPL being one such instance, given the Australian's instability and sometimes poor shot selection, it may not be a reliable choice.
KXIP has invested heavily in Maxwell's return, and whether the gamble pays off in IPL 2020 remains to be seen.