Brendon McCullum, the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), while talking about releasing young Indian opening batter Shubman Gill from the franchise, said it was disappointing to lose the youngster.
Gill, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL 2018 auction for ₹1.8 crore, has scored 1,417 runs for the franchise in 58 games. Also, he has been picked by the new Ahmedabad franchise ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction.
Meanwhile, the KKR head coach Brendon McCullum said that they will be well prepared for the upcoming auction.
“You need to plan as you’re going to lose a lot of players. It was disappointing to lose Shubman Gill. But that’s the way life is sometimes and we will be well prepared for the upcoming auction,” McCullum said on a live session for KKR.
Sunil Narine and Andre Russell have been proven campaigners for a decade – Brendon McCullum
Ahead of the IPL 2022 auction, Kolkata Knight Riders have made four retentions; Andre Russell ( ₹12 crore), Varun Chakravarthy ( ₹8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer ( ₹8 crore) and Sunil Narine ( ₹6 crore).
While talking about the team’s retentions McCullum said that all 4 players are very capable.
“Sunil Narine and Andre Russell have been proven campaigners for a decade. We have all seen what Varun Chakravarthy is capable of in the last two seasons. Venkatesh Iyer was probably the story of the second half of IPL 2021,” said McCullum.
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins was also let go by the franchise and McCullum said that Cummins was a pretty good buy and he performed brilliantly for the side.
“I think Pat Cummins was a pretty good buy. While some would say he did not perform as he should have, I disagree. He was brilliant across disciplines without statistically being a really high achiever. You are prepared to go hard for guys like him,” said the former Kiwi captain.
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