The finalists of IPL 2021 Kolkata Knight Riders are one of those teams that will not be dissatisfied by BCCI’s decision to conduct the mega-auction. KKR had a not so great squad over the last stretch of years and it will not be incorrect to say that they overachieved in IPL 2021, thanks to some of their x-factor players like Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi.
The IPL 2022’s mega auction is their chance to set things right and they would expect to build a strong team with the 48 Crores that are left in their purse.
In this article, we will take a look at the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise ahead of IPL 2022. We will discuss things like their retention picks, what to expect from them, prediction, probable Auction picks and many more.
KKR Retentions and Remaining Purse
Kolkata Knight Riders Retained the following players ahead of IPL 2022:-
- Andre Russell (12 crore, 16 crore to be deducted from purse)
- Varun Chakravarthy (8 crore, 12 crore to be deducted from purse)
- Venkatesh Iyer (8 crore)
- Sunil Narine (6 crore)
Remaining Purse for Mega-auction – Rs 48 Crores
Star Players Released by KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders will in a way be relieved by BCCI’s decision to conduct the Mega auction. They probably had the worst squad on paper in the Indian Premier League for quite some time now and they were in dire need of a rejuvenation which they now have a chance of accomplishing.
Unfortunately KKR were not that wise in their retentions. They gave away many of their talents in order to keep the veterans and have thus lost the temporary support of many fans. In order to win them back, they might have to bring back some of their ex-players in the mega-auction. Here is a list of some of KKR’s released players who they can bring back in their squad.
- Eoin Morgan
- Shubman Gill
- Lockie Ferguson
- Nitish Rana
- Rahul Tripathi
- Shivam Mavi
KKR Squad for IPL 2022
- Andre Russell
- Sunil Narine
- Venkatesh Iyer
- Varun Chakravarthy
Full squad to be added after the completion of the auctions
KKR Probable Playing XI for IPL 2022
To be added ones the full squad is known
What to expect from KKR in IPL 2022
The two time champions might have had a rough patch in the last few years but we definitely can not right them off as they have a rich history in the Indian Premier League and know how to make a comeback. However, KKR will have to be wise in their captain selection and will then have to build the rest of the team around him. The Auction will be of utmost importance for the Knights as that decides their fate for the next 4-5 years in the tournament. With the teams not been built yet, it would be hard to make any prediction for KKR so soon as the players they have retained are not the ones who can single handedly ‘carry’ the team.