Having let go of nine players ahead of the IPL auction 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders will have their task cut out at the players’ auction this year. However, having retained their general core playing group, KKR, as they are fondly called by their fans, will not be worried too much. Don’t be surprised if KKR have an entire squad of just about 18 to 22 Players at maximum. As a matter of fact, expect some smart and target buys by the management. Headed by the very smart
Don’t be surprised if KKR have an entire squad of just about 18 to 22 Players at maximum. Therefore, expect some smart and target buys by the management. Headed by the very smart Mr. Venky Mysore (Managing Director, KKR) and company, KKR would have made their target list of players by now.
The iconic Eden Gardens is the home ground for KKR in the 2017 IPL season. The Eden gardens is literally a fortress of the home team. Correspondingly, they rarely loose a match played here. As a result, with high seating capacity, expect the fans to throng the stadium if the team does well this year.
- Morne Morkel
- Brad Hogg
- John Hastings
- Jason Holder
- Colin Munro
- Shaun Tait
- Jaydev Unadkat
- Rajagopal Satish
- Manan Sharma
|Gautam Gambhir||Umesh Yadav||Yusuf Pathan||Robin Uthappa|
|Suryakumar Yadav||Piyush Chawla||Andre Russel||Sheldon Jackson|
|Manish Pandey||Kuldeep Yadav||Shakib Al Hasan|
|Chris Lynn||Sunil Narine|
Indian Players – 10
Foreign Players – 4 (They can pick 5 more foreign players at the auction).
Total Amount – INR 660,000,000
Total Amount Spent – INR 462,500,000
Amount remaining – INR 197,500,000
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE IPL AUCTION 2017
With one-year suspension for Andre Russel, KKR management will, of course, be looking for an ideal replacement for him. Moreover, KKR has a good purse money at the auction and have most of their bases covered. Hence, it’s not a wonder if they spend the extra bucks for Russel’s replacement.
In addition to Russel’s replacement, KKR will also be looking for an international fast bowler as a replacement for Morne Morkel and some experienced player to replace Brad Hogg. They will also look for a back-up for Umesh Yadav as well.
WHAT UWEWORLD THINKS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS WILL DO AT THE IPL AUCTION 2017
Certainly, KKR will opt for a player in the likes of Ben Stokes or Corey Anderson. However, this also depends on how much they are willing to spend at the auction. A replacement for Morne Morkel will also be on cards. Thus, we expect KKR to make one or two expensive bids.
THE TARGET FOR KKR IN THE IPL AUCTION 2017
- One Foreign Opener
- One domestic opener as a backup for Uthappa and Gambhir
- One Domestic and one International Pacer
- One International All Rounder
- A professional Wicket Keeper
PLAYERS ON KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS’ RADAR
BATSMEN – Jason Roy, Tanmay Agarwal, Evin Lewis, J.G Bista.
BOWLERS – Trent Boult, Tymal Mills, Varun Aaron, K Gowtham, Mitchell Johnson.
ALL-ROUNDERS – Ben Stokes, Corey Anderson, Johan Botha, Irfan Pathan, Nick Buchanan.
WICKET-KEEPERS – Brad Haddin, Ben Dunk, Jagadeeshan.
NOTE: This article is the thought-work of the Editor from UWeWorld. The Editor does not have any contacts or information from anyone involved with IPL or anyone involved with the team Kolkata Knight Riders or any player.