Like every other team, Kolkata Knight Riders are preparing for the Indian Premier League 2021. They have released their squad, which will represent them in this league. Some of the players in the squad have been auctioned or retained, and yet others have been released.
From 2008, KKR had a terrible beginning of the IPL league. However, the team came under new management, and therefore, they got a new captain, Gautam Gambhir. From this point, they began recording terrific scores, and in both 2012 and 2014, they won the trophy. However, in recent years, they have not been performing well; however, in 2020, they were very close, but they did not make it past the playoffs.
Eoin Morgan is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders squad 2021. For this league, Eoin will be having his big test on managing and rebuilding the team. Luckily, he has retained the leading players and bought the best who will bring the team to success and make skipper Eoin’s work easier.
For IPL 2021, they have made some significant changes in the KKR IPL team, which will undoubtedly bring excellent scores. Riders have bought some fantastic players, and the most significant buy they have done is that of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh. Shakib has played for KKR, and he is a valuable addition to the middle order and the spin-bowling department. KKR got Shakib Al Hassan for 3.2 crores.
The team has also added Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Sheldon Jackson, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora and Pawan Negi. Veteran Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, and Ben Cutting have also been bought in the auction. KKR has spent 7.75 crores on the total players they have bought.
Before the auction, the team had 17 players. Most of these players have been retained, especially the core players. Shubman Gill and Pat Cummins have been retained while Tom Banton, Siddesh Lad, M Siddharth, Chris Green, and Nikhil Naik have been released.
Shubman, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, and Dinesh Karthik will be batting this season. Sunil Narine had battled in last year’s season but did not perform well, but for this season, he could also play a part. KKR also has good dome spinners, including Kuldeep Yadav, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan, and Varun Chakravarthy. Additionally, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, and Prasidh Krishna’s trio will strengthen the bowling sector for any batsman.
Kolkata Knight Riders 2021 list
Eoin Morgan (c), Shubman Gill, Shakib Al Hasan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi, and Andre Russell.
Here are the Players who were Added to the Auction and the Amount they Cost
- Shakib Al Hasan (Rs 3.20 crore)
- Vaibhav Arora (Rs 20 lakh)
- Harbhajan Singh (Rs 2 crore)
- Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 20 lakh)
- Ben Cutting (Rs 75 lakh)
- Sheldon Jackson (Rs 20 lakh)
- Pawan Negi (Rs 50 lakh)
- Karun Nair (Rs 50 lakh)
All KKR players retained in the KKR team 2021 players list; Andre Russell, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Shubman Gill, Praveen Tambe, Varun Chakravarthy.
KKR 2021 IPL schedule;
|KKR vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||September 20, 2021||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|KKR vs Mumbai Indians||September 23, 2021||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|KKR vs Chennai Super Kings||September 26, 2021||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|KKR vs Delhi Capitals||September 28, 2021||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|KKR vs Punjab Kings||October 1, 2021||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|KKR vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||October 3, 2021||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|KKR vs Rajasthan Royals||October 7, 2021||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
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