IPL 2022: Top 5 Players KKR can target in the Mega auctions

The eight original franchises have submitted their retention list on November 30, 2021 ahead of the mega auctions. The upcoming mega auctions will be vital for every team as the teams won’t have a RTM card and would have to select the squad from the scratch. 

The two-time Champions have retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakraborty, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine

But a lot of players like Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill etc. were found missing from the list. 

Here is a list of five player KKR might target in the auctions:

1) Nitish Rana

Since arriving to KKR from MI in 2018, Nitish Rana has been an important player for the Knight Riders. The left-handed batsmen has been consistent for the team and has scored 300+ runs from them every season. Last season, he scored 383 runs at a strike rate of about 122. 

KKR are much dependent on the 28-year-old and would look to acquire his services in the auctions. 

2) Shubman Gill

KKR bought the young opener way back in 2018 for INR 1.8 crores in the auctions. Since then, the 22-year-old has been a regular starter in the playing XI. But ahead of the mega auctions of IPL 2022, KKR released the opener and chose Venkatesh Iyer over him. 

Gill had a wonderful performance last season as he scored 478 runs in 17 games at a strike rate of 118.90. 

The Knight Riders would like to reunite the opening pair of Iyer and Gill. 

3) David Warner

The Knight Riders will be searching for a skipper having released Eoin Morgan ahead of the auctions. Morgan led KKR reached to the finals of the 2021 IPL but were defeated by MS Dhoni’s KKR.

Warner has not been retained by SRH this season. Warner would be a vital asset for the team as he can play both as an opener and as a captain. Warner is the first overseas player to reach to the 5000-run landmark in the IPL. 

4) Shardul Thakur

KKR might go all in for bowling all rounder Shardul Thakur who is at the peak of his career. CSK have released the 30-year-old bowler. Thakur is known for breaking the partnership while bowling in the middle orders. Thakur has scalped 21 wickets in 16 games for CSK in their title winning season last year. 

The 30-year-old has also displayed his pinch-hitting skills in the past for CSK. Shardul is someone who can add depth to the batting team. Shardul will surely attract some big bucks in the upcoming mega auctions

5) Rahul Tripathi

The aggressive top order batsmen had a memorable IPL 2021 season. In 17 games he has scored 397 runs at a strike rate of 140.28. He missed the finals of the tournament due to an injury. Tripathi is a vital player for KKR in the middle orders and has shown it in the past. 

His recent form with the bat makes him one of the players the two time champions might go for. 

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