Introduction

Kolkata Knight Riders were very busy at this years IPL Players Auction. This team is Lovingly called as KKR by its fans. They had to find a replacement for Andre Russell. Chris Lynn was injured and KKR had released some key players from their squad before the Auction. With a task of getting the right players KKR did a wonderful job. Some of their picks can be questioned but are proven class players. KKR did do a lot of shopping at the Auction.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Image Courtesy: bdcricket24.com

Present Squad

Batsman Bowler All-Rounder Wicket Keeper
Goutam Gambhir Umesh Yadav Yusuf Pathan Robin Utthappa
Manish Pandey Piyush Chawla Rishi Dhawan Sheldon Jackson
Surya Kumar Yadav Kuldeep Yadav Shakib Al Hasan
Chris Lynn Sunil Narine Sanjay Yadav
Darren Bravo Sayan Ghosh Chris Woakes
Ishank Jaggi Ankith Rajpoot Andre Russell
Trent Boult Rowmen Powell
Nathan Coulter-Nile

 

Players Picked at the Auction 2017

Player Country Amount Speciality
Trent Boult New Zealand 5 Crores  Fast Bowler
Chris Woakes England 4.2 Crores All-Rounder
Nathan Coulter-Nile Australia 3.5 Crores Fast Bowler
Darren Bravo West Indies 50 Lakh Batsman
Rovman Powell West Indies 30 Lakh All-Rounder
Rishi Dhawan India 55 Lakh All-Rounder
Ishank Jaggi India 10 Lakh Batsman
Sanjay Yadav India 10 Lakh All-Rounder
Sayan Ghosh India 10 Lakh Bowler
Trent Alexander Boult – New Zealand Cricketer, Image Courtesy: dailymail.co.uk

Total cost of the Squad

INR 60,60,00,000 – Sixty crore, Sixty Lakh. (Approx USD 9.05million)

Expected Playing XI (As per expected batting order)

  1. Goutham Gambir
  2. Robin Utthappa
  3. Manish Pandey
  4. Yusuf Pathan
  5. Shakib Al Hasan
  6. Surya Kumar Yadav
  7. Chris Woakes/ Rovman Powell
  8. Piyush Chawla
  9. Sunil Narine
  10. Umesh Yadav/ Kuldeep Yadav
  11. Trent Boult
UWeWorld’s Take on KKR Squad

KKR have very good domestic batsman in their squad. Their bowling line up also looks good. What is lacking here is the lower middle order. Who will fill the big boots of Andre Russell will the the big question. Umesh YAdav has been great for India in tests. What needs to be seen here is if his good form continues into white ball cricket. If KKR can find a batsman who can finish innings for them then this team looks mighty dangerous.

We wish KKR all the very best….!!

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