Kolkata: Having posted four wins on the trot and six overall, the homecoming could not have come at a better time for Kolkata Knight Riders, who are aiming to clinch the playoffs berth as they prepare to take on Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday. (IPL Points Table)
With this being the last lap of a whirlwind league phase that began in the UAE, a team like Kolkata Knight Riders who relish the home conditions -- the slow track complemented by a raucous crowd -- will savour the homecoming more than anybody else. (Recap read: When Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders in UAE)
While the always-reliable wily spinner Sunil Narine -- 15 wickets and most economical (6.09) -- continues to be the most vital cog in their wheel, it's the emergence of explosive batsman Robin Uthappa that has contributed immensely to the team.
Consider this: Uthappa's average in the India leg of this IPL is 54.16 from six matches -- two half-centuries and four 40-plus knocks. He has scored 422 from 11 matches of which 325 have come in the India leg.