Let us take a look at the players who the Kolkata Knight Riders have decided to keep as part of their squad for next year’s season as they seek to defend their title. While some players have been dropped, many veterans of the squad remain and will continue to form part of the winning recipe which the Kolkata Knight Riders seem to have found.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after a decent outing in the previous season released eight of their players while retained other 13 ahead of IPL 2019. The two-time winners of the tournament, last season, made wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik, the skipper of the side and he didn’t disappoint both with his bat and as captain. They though lacked depth in the middle-order and good pacers, costing them a chance to win the trophy for the third time.
The Knight Riders had a middling sort of a season last year, after finishing third on the points table and third overall too following their defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier. Which is why it’s bit of a surprise they have gone for a major overhaul – by this season’s auction standards anyway – to their squad. Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 team is placed below.
Dinesh Karthik will continue to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders while Robin Uthappa, who has had an up and down sort of a time with the Knight Riders, continues to get a go in the competition. Chris Lynn’s presence is surprising, especially if he gets a World Cup call-up but the management might have punted on his presence in the league stage winning two or three matches off his own bat.
Andre Russell lends a lot of balance to the side and like Lynn can win the match on his own, either with the bat or the ball, while Sunil Narine is the usual suspect in the side, supported through thick and thin. The rest of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad has a look and feel of a futuristic side like last year but the kind of growth that the youngsters like Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill have shown has been spectacular and it could just be their year.
Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 Team
Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Javon Searles
Carlos Brathwaite – Rs 5 crore
Lockie Ferguson – Rs 1.60 crore
Anrich Nortje – Rs 20 lakh
Nikhil Naik – Rs 20 lakh
Harry Gurney – Rs 75 lakh
Yarra Prithviraj – Rs 20 lakh
Joe Denly – Rs 1 crore
Shrikant Mundhe – Rs 20 lakh