The Gautam Gambhir-led side, which won the coveted trophy after losing four out of first seven matches last season, will start as one of the favorites of the tournament.

Riding on the magic of mystery spinner Sunil Narine and led by extremely competitive Delhi batsman Gambhir, the Shah Rukh owned team has the ability to defeat any team including the ever dominant Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians: A SWOT analysis

Failed to qualify for even playoffs in the first three events of the cash rich league, KKR first qualified for the playoffs in the fourth edition of the event in 2011 under the leadership of new captain Gautam Gambhir.



The Delhi batsman has turned the table for Shah Rukh-owned team which bagged the coveted trophy in 2012. Though the team again failed to reach playoffs stage in 2013, it went to win the trophy for the second time in Ipl history in 2014.

The batting will rely heavily on the likes of skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan while aart from Narine, South African Morne Morkel and India's most successful pacer in recently concluded World Cup Umesh Yadav will lend stability to the

pace department as the bowling would be KKR's main strength.
     
Here is a SWOT analysis of Gambhir-led team



Strength: Bowling will remain  KKR's main strength in the ensuing edition of IPL. It will very hard for opposition batsmen to hit mystery spinner Narine, who had won scores of match for KKR single handedly. All-rounders such as Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh and West Indian Andre Russell has the ability to win batches by both the bat and the ball. Add inform pacers Morkel and Yadav  in this line up and you will find a very hard team to defeat.

Weakness: Ever reliant on west Indian recruit Narine. Besides that it will interesting to see that the right-arm mystery spinner would prove as effective as in last season just because he will bowl in the cash rich edition with a modified action. In Indian conditions, it would be hard to say that pacers will prove as effective as they were in Australia in recently concluded World Cup.

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Opportunities: Out of all the major teams, only Gambhir  will be totally fresh to lead his side just because all other major players whether Indian or a foreigner all must be tired after the World Cup. Besides that, the left-handed batsman will chose the occasion to prove a point for himself which will pave way for his entry to the national side.

Threats:
Each and every opposition team knows that they have to deal only Narine to defeat KKR.   Heavy reliance on Narine can be disastrous for Gambhir side at least in knockout stages  such as playoffs. Absence of South African great South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who now be seen as a batting consultant and mentor for the team, from playing XI can also cost KKR dearly.

 
KKR 2015 Team (Indian players): Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, KC Cariappa, Aditya Garhwal, Sheldon Jackson, Sumit Narwal, Vaibhav Rawal

Foreign players: Azhar Mahmood (replaced injured James Neesham), Johan Botha (replaced injured Chris Lynn), Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Brad Hogg.

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