Kolkata Knight Riders had a good outing in the previous IPL season and they ended the tournament in the third position. Dinesh Karthik’s men did a splendid job throughout the tournament last year but could not make to the final. KKR came out of nightmares of earlier seasons and clinched two titles with the entry of Gautam Gambhir as skipper. In 2017, it found a new leader in Dinesh Karthik and made up to the mark. There are no remarkable changes in the team this year.
Here is the list of retained players for KKR this year.
Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mawi, Shubhmann Gill, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Rinku Singh.
There are 12 slots available in total for 7 Indian players and 5 overseas players. Here are few players who might get a slot in the KKR this auctions.
- Reeza Hendricks
He made a splendid performance in Mzansi Super League and cemented his position in the South African squad. He is an aggressive opener in the T20 format and if the team needs a player of that kind, he will be the first option. He slammed two consecutive centuries in MSL 2018 and will be a perfect pair for the arrogant opener, Chris Lynn. He is considered as the replacement for Glenn Maxwell though he missed out previous IPL auctions.
- Dale Steyn
Though this South African bowler was out of the national squad, he wants to bounce back in this IPL with his exceptional performances in the previous seasons. Though he was faded out of international formats, his experience will be an additional asset for the franchise which lacks experienced pacers.
- Jayadev Unadkat
He was one of the costliest buys in the previous edition but he could not do well for Rajasthan Royals. He is the hero for Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2017 and picked 24 wickets from 12 games. But he could not repeat his magic in IPL 2018 and was released by the franchise this year. He will be an exceptional pacer for the franchise if they look for an experienced Indian pacer.
- Sam Curran
His performance is outstanding since a couple of months and he played a crucial part in the whitewash by 4-1 in the series against Pakistan. It is the first time he was enrolled in the IPL auctions. Virat Kohli also appreciated this fiery pacer and showed interest to bag him for RCB. He will be a big buy for KKR if the franchise looks for an overseas pacer. He is a handy all-rounder as well and might be a good back-up in the absence of injury prone Andre Russell.
- Brendon Mc Cullum
He was one of the legends in T20 cricket with highest scores. He was released by RCB this year due to a poor outing in the previous edition. He is one of the biggest buys in previous editions and one his best performances was an unbeaten 158 in IPL 2018. He is a consistent opener who has the experience of playing for different cricket leagues in the shortest format of cricket.