Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be gearing up for the auctions of the 11th season and will be eager to pick up some big names and some efficient local recruits who might prove to be fruitful to their chances in the 11th edition of the tournament. The Knight Riders have been one of the most successful IPL teams and have won two IPL titles in a matter of 3 years under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. However, they have not retained him for this edition which leaves many question marks on whether they will pick him via RTM services.
There will be several players up for auction and KKR in all likelihood will look to bag some exceptional players who will lend the ideal variety and balance to the team. Those players will fetch huge sums, and KKR will opt to bid for them. Here are five possible players who might be overpriced for the Kolkata Knight Riders
It was McCullum who set the tournament ablaze 11 years ago at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium while he was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He smashed a sensational 73 balls 158 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the very first match of the tournament. Though he has retired from international cricket now, he is still a match winner on his day. He scored the fastest Test century in history in his farewell Test against Australia which goes on to prove that he is far from other. He is expected to fetch a big price, and there is a gut feeling that KKR might go on to bid for him.
The left-arm chinaman made his mark in the Champions League in 2015 while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The franchise hasn’t retained him. However, they can repurchase him in the auctions through RTM. He has been a champion bowler in his brief career so far and boasts of an ODI hat-trick which has been achieved by only a couple of Indians before including the likes of Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma. The unorthodox bowler might go on to fetch a huge price.
They might be tempted to go for the conventional leggie who has been Kuldeep’s dominant partner in the limited overs format in the recent past. He has been a consistent performer for India ever since his debut and has impressed one and all with his guile and variations in the Indian Premier League playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep even in the IPL might be one of the best things, and KKR might spend a bit more to buy his services.
Dhawan has been a prolific run-scorer for India in the limited overs format and especially in ICC tournaments. He had a love affair with ICC tournaments and was the leading run scorer in the last two ICC Champions Trophy and the 2015 World Cup. He forged a good opening stand with David Warner at the top of the order for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but as they have not retained him, Kolkata might well be forced to attain his services for a higher price. He is an impact player and can change the complexion of the game within a blink of an eye.
Colin de Grandhomme
He was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders set up in the previous year but failed to make a substantial impression all through the tournament. He can smash the big shots on a consistent basis and is also a useful medium pacer. He bagged outstanding figures of 3/3 in a group match against Royal Challengers last year when KKR bowled them out for a paltry 49 runs. With the form Grandhomme has been in, he might fetch a huge sum in the auctions.