Kolkata Knight Riders are in dire need of a captain. Among the 4 players that they have retained from their last year’s squad, no one is experienced enough to be given the captaincy responsibilities for the upcoming season. It thus means that the Kolkata based franchise must look for a player in the upcoming Mega auction who will be not only a good player but also a brilliant captain.
KKR have suffered with their captaincy choices in the recent past ever since parting ways with Gautam Gambhir. Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan both proved to be disastrous as skippers in the Indian Premier League despite their good records in other formats (England team in case of Eoin Morgan and Tamil Nadu domestic team in case of Dinesh Karthik). The fact that both of them were horrible with the bat as well, made things worse for the franchise. It is thus important that they do not make this mistake any further.
In this article we list down 2 possible captaincy choices for Kolkata Knight Riders whom they can buy in the Mega auction and we will also predict which player has the highest chance to become their captain.
Let us take a look at those two players first:-
1. Shreyas Iyer – Kolkata Knight Riders have been heavily linked to the former Delhi Capitals captain. His injury ruled him out of the first phase of IPL 2021 which compelled DC to make Rishabh Pant their new captain. However when IPL 2022’s plans were being made, the franchise made it very clear that they would like to stick to Pant as their captain and did not want to give Shreyas Iyer his captaincy back. He thus decided to leave the franchise.
He was also linked with the Ahmedabad franchise but refused to be drafted by them too as they wanted Hardik Pandya to become their captain. As it now stands, KKR will fight the likes of RCB and PBKS to secure his services. Shreyas Iyer has a brilliant captaincy record and any team will be delighted to sign him.
2. David Warner – After parting ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was sure that David Warned will be in search of a new team. As he has not been drafted by any of the new franchises, David Warner will be heading on to the IPL 2022’s mega auction which makes him a hot property for all the teams that are in search of a captain as he has a great deal of experience as a captain in IPL.
Under his captaincy, SRH won the IPL in 2016 and also made it to the finals in 2018. He has also regained his form after winning the Man of the tournament award in the T20 World Cup (that he won with the Australian national team) and will be a desirable player for all the teams.
Prediction – Although KKR will be eagerly looking forward to monitoring the sales of both these players in the IPL, it is expected that they will be buying only one out of these two as that is what they require and what their budget will allow. We highly think that Shreyas Iyer will be KKR’s captain. Over the years we have seen KKR being very aggressive in the IPL Auctions. They make sure to but the players that they target and this year will probably be no different.