Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), two time winners of IPL, narrowly missed out on the playoff spot last season after losing out on the net run-rate to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, KKR have released only five players and have kept the core of their team unchanged.
Released: M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, Tom Banton
Squad: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert
Slots Remaining:7 (1 overseas)
A few players Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) can target in trading window are:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) struggled with their opening batting combination for majority of the last season. Shubman Gill cemented his place at the top of the order with consistent performances, however his opening partner was never fixed upon. Chris Lynn, currently a part of the Mumbai Indians squad can be a good addition to the KKR squad.
Chris Lynn represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League from 2014 to 2019. Sunil Narine is almost certain to bat in the lower middle order or play as a pure bowler after his poor performances with the bat at the top of the order. Lynn and Gill make a good opening partnership as the Australian is an explosive batsman whereas Gill is someone who likes to build his innings, playing a supporting role.
Siddarth Kaul, who was one of the regular members in the playing eleven for SRH in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has found himself on the bench more often than not in the previous two seasons. Kolkata possess two world class overseas bowlers in Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson. Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti are a few Indian fast bowling options at Morgan’s disposal.
With the emergence of Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed at Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kaul is no longer the first choice pacer. KKR can consider targeting Kaul in the trading window who can add experience to the young Indian bowling department that KKR possesses.
Manan Vohra, currently a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad has not played a single IPL game in the past two seasons. However, to his credit, the right-hander does have plenty of experience. He has played 49 IPL matches and scored 1012 runs at an average of just over 23.
Kolkata Knight Riders can consider trading in Manan Vohra before the window closes on February 4. KKR can bring in Vohra considering the flexibility in regards to his batting position. If a member of the playing eleven gets injured, he can bat open the innings and has the ability to bat in the middle order.