IPL 2022 mega auctions will revamp the structure of all the franchise teams for the next edition of the Indian Premier League.
As the IPL Governing Council has allowed each franchise to retain a maximum of four players, most of the franchises utilised the provision to keep their premium players for a longer duration.
A total of 27 players were retained in the retention list by the eight existing teams.
Ace players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have been retained by their respective teams ahead of the mega auction in 2022.
IPL 2021 runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders have retained their senior West Indies players Sunil Narine and Andre Russell along with Indian youngsters Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy.
The team had to release their leadership group of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik as both had underperformed in IPL 2021. KKR also couldn’t retain Pat Cummins because of the heavy price tag of Rs 15.5 crore for which he was purchased in 2020.
KKR made a resilient comeback in IPL 2021 after winning just two off seven matches in the Indian leg to reaching the final. They lost to CSK by 27 runs in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Let us look at the five potential players Kolkata Knight Riders might go after in the IPL 2022 auction.
IPL 2022 Auction: 5 Players Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Can Target For
5) Nitish Rana
The left-handed batter joined KKR in 2018 and has been a vital cog in their batting unit. Each season he has consistently scored over 300 runs for his team in IPL and scored 383 runs at a strike rate of nearly 122 in the last season.
His fabulous 56-ball 80 helped KKR eke out SRH by 10 runs and the team also registered their 100th IPL win. Rana will be key to hold the middle-order for KKR and the team would want his services.