IPL 2021, which was halted midway in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will continue to thrill cricket fans with the remaining matches in September-October later this year. Along with IPL 2021, IPL 2022 is also going to be an exciting tournament due to the addition of two new teams and a mega auction set to take place ahead of the season. As a result, many players will be transferred to new franchises and the current squads of franchises will witness a big change.
The IPL 2022 mega auctions will also allow franchisees to retain few players in their squads. According to reports, each franchise will be permitted to retain 4 players in the squad, out of which there can be either 1 or 2 foreign players and the rest should be domestic. This will be a great opportunity for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise to pick new players, as their current team observed a very poor show in the 1st half of IPL 2021.
The Eoin Morgan-led side won only 2 matches out of 7 and held the second last spot in the points table with 2 points in their kitty. KKR franchise will aim to pick some new players in the IPL 2022 mega auction but they might also retain few powerful players from the current squad. Here we talk about 4 players that Kolkata Knight Riders might retain during IPL 2022 mega auction.
IPL 2022 Mega Auction: 4 Players That Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Might Retain
Nitish Rana is the first player that Kolkata Knight Riders might retain in IPL 2022 mega auction. The left-handed batsman has executed a consistent batting show for the franchise during the last few seasons, smashing more than 300 runs in each IPL 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.
In IPL 2021, Rana was the highest run-getter for KKR with 201 runs in 7 matches at an average of 28.71. He also smashed 2 fifties in the tournament with the highest knock being 80 runs. Nitish Rana has been a consistently good performer for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL and hence the franchise might retain him in the 2022 season.