Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings are locking horns at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium for Match 33 of the IPL 2023. KKR skipper Nitish Rana won the toss and decided to bowl first on his team’s home ground. However, when the team sheets arrived, Shardul Thakur’s name was nowhere to be found.
Why is Shardul not playing today?
In a shocking development, Shardul Thakur, the star fast bowler of the Kolkata Knight Riders has been dropped from the team due to poor form. The decision to drop Shardul from the playing XI was made after he failed to make an impact in the previous games of the season. In five matches, he picked up only two wickets and conceded 137 runs at an economy rate of 11.58. As a result, he was not even included in the list of Impact Players substitutes for the upcoming game against the Chennai Super Kings.
Shardul had missed the previous game against Delhi Capitals as well, where KKR had lost in the final over after setting a meager total. Since his name wasn’t even on the list of impact player substitutes for the match against CSK, it seems that Shardul has been dropped for good and may not find a place in the team anytime soon.
However, with David Wiese, the all-rounder who played for South Africa and now plays for Namibia, included in the team for tonight’s encounter, KKR will be looking to turn their fortunes around and secure a much-needed win. The team will be hoping that he can fill the void left by Shardul and help them secure a much-needed win at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium. Furthermore, their star batter Venkatesh Iyer will join the team during the second innings as an impact player substitute as KKR are batting second.