Kolkata Knight Riders have quite a successful record in the Indian Premier League so far. In the 14 seasons of IPL, KKR has won the titles twice in IPL 2012 and IPL 2014. The team was at the peak of its strength during those seasons under the leadership of former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. During 13 seasons from IPL 2008 to IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to enter the playoffs 6 times, including the seasons in which they emerged champions.
In IPL 2021, the franchise struggled to come up with a brilliant show. They lost 5 out of 7 matches and held the second-last 7th spot in the points table; failing to win a couple of matches while chasing low totals. At present, Kolkata Knight Riders have few strong players like Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, and Nitish Rana among others in the squad.
These players are examples of some good deals that the franchise made during IPL auctions in the past. However, there are few players who did not emerge to be fruitful for the franchise in the earlier editions of the tournament. Here we talk about the 5 worst signings by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL history.
5 Worst Signings By Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) In IPL History
Carlos Brathwaite (IPL 2019)
Kolkata Knight Riders bought West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite for a massive amount of Rs. 5 crores during IPL 2019 auction. Having a similar profile like Andre Russell in T20 cricket, Brathwaite is known for smashing big sixes. However, in the two games he played, he could score only 11 runs, getting out for 5 and 6 runs.
With the ball, he was smashed by the opposition team for 29 runs in the 3 overs he bowled during those 2 games. He was also benched for the rest of the games during the season and the Rs. 5 crore-deal for the West Indies all-rounder did not emerge worthy for KKR.