Luck hasn’t been favouring KKR a lot lately. They might not have spent the most money in the retention of IPL 2022, the money remaining in their purse for the mega auction is the least. That is because despite giving Andre Russell 12 Crores, 16 Crores will be deducted from their purse as KKR bought 4 players and the assigned amount for the first retained player is 16 Crore. Same has been the case in Venkatesh Iyer’s retention.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): 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)
Balance purse: Rs 48 crore
Moreover the retention of KKR has been very controversial. The fact that they let players like Rahul Tripathi and mainly Shubman Gill leave, has befuddled the netizens who are bereft of any explanation for the decision.
The KKR fans themselves have been very furious at the decision of keeping Shubman Gill out of the retention list and thus the Knights management might have to try to bring some of their old players back to the team to win back their fans.
Here’s a list of players from IPL’s 2021 squad who they can target in the 2022 IPL’s mega auction.
- Shubman Gill – Gill is the rising star of India. Many see him as the next big thing in Indian cricket and letting him go was a foolish decision by KKR management to begin with. Despite having an off season in IPL 2021, Shubman Gill’s talent is unquestionable and KKR must try to get him back in the auction. However, there will be a vigorous competition to get the youngsters.
- Rahul Tripathi – After Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi had been the best batsman in the KKR team last season. It was due to his heroics that KKR qualified for the finals of IPL 2021. Given how underrated the player is, KKR can get him back pretty easily if they try.
- Shivam Mavi – An injury scare prevented Shivam Mavi from impressing in IPL 2021 but he was terrific in the few matches that he played. Mavi is one of the hidden gems of Indian cricket one one of the most loved by KKR. They will definitely try to get their boy back.