IPL 2021 Auction Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Squad Details

KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders should have done better with the talent at their disposal during IPL 2020. They finished the league stage in fifth position, tied on 14 points with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, and missed out on a playoff spot due to net run-rate: a deficit of 0.042. It has been a bit of a trend for KKR, that they struggle for consistency over the course of a campaign and end up underachieving.

Dinesh Karthik led KKR in the first seven matches, before handing over the reins to England’s Eoin Morgan. The move did not bear great results on paper, but it is the path the franchise is sticking to for the upcoming campaign.

Results in last three seasons

SeasonLeague stage finishPlayoff result
IPL 20183rdLost Qualifier 2
IPL 20195th––
IPL 20205th––

Players released after IPL 2020: Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton

Player traded in/out: None

KKR squad for IPL 2021 ahead of auction

BatsmenBowlersWicketkeepersAllrounders
Eoin MorganKamlesh NagarkotiDinesh KarthikAndre Russell
Shubman GillKuldeep YadavSunil Narine
Nitish RanaLockie FergusonPat Cummins
Rinku SinghPrasidh Krishna
Rahul TripathiSandeep Warrier
Shivam Mavi
Varun Chakravarthy

It’s becoming a bit of a trend for KKR to go into an auction with not much funds left in comparison to the slots left to fill. They have not bothered to fill up their full quota of 25 places and that is likely to be the case again.

Salary cap remaining: Rs 10.75 crores  

Overall slots remaining: 8

Overseas slots remaining: 2

Areas to target

  • Backup overseas allrounder(s)
  • Opening batsman (overseas or Indian)
  • Consistent Indian middle-order batsman
  • Backup wicketkeeper

IPL 2021: Purse & squad details before auction

FranchisePurse remaining (Rs crores)Available SlotsOverseas Slots
CSK19.961
DC13.483
KXIP53.295
KKR10.7582
MI15.3574
RR37.8593
RCB35.4113
SRH10.7531

The auction will be telecast on Star Sports Network on 18 February from 3 pm IST.

Written by Steven Paul