The two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have recently struggled to perform consistently. So, they will see the IPL 2021 auction as a massive opportunity to pick up some fresh talents and regain their previous dominant status in the IPL.
In the last two IPL season, Kolkata Knight Riders just missed out to qualify for the playoffs as they finished as the fifth best team in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. KKR, who changed their leadership in the middle of the IPL 2020 from Dinesh Karthik to Eoin Morgan, have just released Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad and Tom Banton.
Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, Kolkata Knight Riders have eight slots available, including two overseas slots. So, they will give more importance to pick up the Indian talents during the IPL 2021 auction.
Currently, KKR requires at least a good opening batsman, a good all-rounder, a good spin bowler etc.
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Delhi Capitals recently released Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey for his weak performance in the IPL 2020. Playing his first IPL tournament in the 2020 edition, Carey scored 32 runs in three matches.
However, their is no doubt that Carey is improving as a batsman. In the recent BBL 2020/21, Carey showed some excellent form as an opening batsman as he has scored 412 runs in 12 matches, including one century and two half-centuries. After Carey was released by Delhi Capitals, he slammed a century in the BBL on the very next day.
While Shubman Gill is performing well as a KKR opener, Carey can be a good opening partner of him. Moreover, the Aussie cricketer can be used as a back-up wicket-keeper, despite have New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert.