Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the runners-up of the Indian Premier League 2021, made a complete change in the team in IPL 2022, despite a new captain and even some new player, Kolkata came out better in a few matches. KKR failed to make it to the IPL 2022 playoffs and finished 7th in the points table with 6 wins and 12 points from 14 matches.
Kolkata Knights Riders (KKR) had made a lot of changes to their lineup. The main ones being not brought back IPL 2021 captain Eoin Morgan and choosing Shreyas Iyer as the captain in the IPL 2022 auction Shreyas Iyer is a best batsman and captain but Somewhere KKR felt the lack of Eoin Morgan in 15th edition of IPL.
After the Kolkata Knights Riders are out of IPL 2022, the team management will now prepare for the IPL 2023 auction. Since it will be a mini auction, KKR will retain most of their existing players. However, four of the following names can be issued.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) may retain these five players in IPL 2023
Kolkata Knights Riders’s current captain Shreyas Iyer was the most effective batsman of the franchise in IPL 2022. The right-handed middle infielder scored 401 runs in 14 innings, averaging 31 runs per innings and was dismissed 136 times. He was one of those players who showed confidence and was able to provide an adequate team with a lot of consistency.
Shreyas Iyer was made the captain of Kolkata ahead of the IPL 2022 season, so the franchise will surely give him some more opportunities to take the team to greater heights in IPL 2023.
Andre Russell is one of the key players of KKR. Who performed amazingly in IPL with both bat and ball. Russell has been a constant part of the KKR team and has made impressive contributions over the years.
In Tata IPL 2022, the West Indies all-rounder scored 335 runs in 12 innings and was the franchise’s leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets. Russell’s influence in IPL 2022 is enough for the team management to retain him after the IPL 2023 auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) may release these five players in IPL 2023
Sheldon Jackson is a prolific wicketkeeper and batsman. His reputation has spread throughout the Indian domestic cricket, which has been a mainstay of Saurashtra for many years. Jackson got five chances to prove himself as a match-winner for KKR. He did excellent wicket-keeping, but with the bat, he scored only 23 runs at an average of 5.75. The chances of KKR retaining him are slim.