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    Key players: Kolkata Knight Riders

    • Sourav Ganguly: He is back in charge and that will bring a smile to the whole of West Bengal. Ganguly's famous leadership skills will be on test to instill some confidence in the team that has been the biggest disappointment since its inception. (AFP Photo)

    • Brendon McCullum: Relived of captaincy, Brendon McCullum will aim to do what he did in the first game of the IPL. The opener is in red hot form and the Knight Riders will depend on him for some blitzkrieg starts. (AFP Photo)

    • Ishant Sharma: Though the pacer has been erratic and inconsistent, there is no doubt about his ability. And with Bond joining the Knight Riders. the pressure is likely to ease on the young Ishant. (AFP Photo)

    • Brad Hodge: The Aussie has had a prolific season back home and Knight Riders will bank on him to do the same for them this year in the IPL. Hodge's immense T20 experience will also be a boon for Kolkata. (AFP Photo)

    • David Hussey: His brilliant show with the bat in the inaugural edition of the IPL saw him make it to the Aussie T20 team but Hussey was disappointing in the second season. The Aussie will now look to make amends after some international exposure. (AFP Photo)

    • Shane Bond: Kolkata Knight Rider's latest recruit, Bond will spearhead the Knight Riders and will add flair to the bowling line-up which has taken some pounding in the last two seasons. (AFP Photo)