Shakib Al Hasan, Kolkata Knight Riders
Shakib Al Hasan, Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo: IPL)
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Kolkata Knight Riders stunned everyone after showcasing an unbelievable performance in the second leg of IPL 2022. They went on to reach the finals but couldn’t win the title. A total of four players from the team were retained by the franchise, namely Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, and Varun Chakravarthy.

Kolkata Knight Riders have picked a new skipper in Shreyas Iyer for the upcoming edition of the tournament. They shelled out 12.25 crores to buy his services at the Mega Auction. Besides, they also made some other valuable buys such as Pat Cummins, Alex Hales and Mohammad Nabi among others. In this article, we take a look at our predicted playing XI of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI For The First Match Of The Tournament

Openers: Venkatesh Iyer and Alex Hales

IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI For The First Match Of The Tournament

Venkatesh Iyer was one of the biggest reasons behind KKR’s remarkable turnaround in the second half of IPL 2022. Iyer opened the innings for the team and managed to score 370 runs in 10 matches at an average of 41.11 and a strike rate of 128.47.

Heading into a new season, he is, once again, likely to open the innings for KKR. England cricketer, Alex Hales will partner Iyer this season. Hales has been a household name in T20 cricket. He is known for giving destructive starts with the bat and it will be interesting to see how he performs with the bat in IPL this year.

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