The last time Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played against Punjab Kings (PBKS), the latter won the game by 7 runs. It was a rain-affected game and Shikhar Dhawan’s Punjab won the game through the DLS method.
Cut to today and we have reached the business end of the tournament. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 points table has become jam-packed and teams are tussling for 2 crucial points.
For KKR, this game is a do-or-die game. Punjab still have a game in hand and they can still qualify even if they lose today’s game. But a loss for KKR would virtually knock them out of the IPL 2023 playoffs contention.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 vice-captain choices for today’s KKR vs PBKS game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata:
1. Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The knight in shining armor for KKR in this IPL 2023 season, Varun Chakravarthy has been KKR’s best bowler so far. In the previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the bowler from Tamil Nadu defended 9 runs and became the only spinner in IPL to defend 10 runs or less.
He took the all-important wicket of Abdul Samad and was extremely economical in his final 3 overs. Varun Chakravarthy can most certainly be a good vice-captain choice for your fantasy team.
2. Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings)
English hard-hitting middle-order batter Liam Livingstone has a reputation for smearing the bowlers all across the park. And he lived up to that reputation in the previous game as he smashed 82* runs in just 42 deliveries against Mumbai Indians (MI).
He went ballistic in the previous game and he can continue his good form in this KKR vs PBKS game too at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
3. Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings)
One of India’s finest left-arm seamers presently, Arshdeep Singh was the cynosure of all eyes when KKR locked horns with PBKS earlier this season. He had taken 3 wickets and had also won the Player of the Match award for his impressive performance.
Making him the vice-captain of your fantasy team can be one of the smartest decisions you can take ahead of this KKR vs PBKS game.
With 16 wickets in just 10 IPL 2023 games, he is Punjab’s leading wicket-taker in this IPL 2023 season. He is 6th in the Purple Cap list of IPL 2023 and is a strong contender for this award.
The award presently is with Gujarat Titans’(GT) bowler Mohammad Shami. The 32-year-old cricketer has taken 19 wickets in 11 games so far.