New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders’ choice of players proved that the franchise was most calculative at IPL 2018 auction. KKR, which is owned by actor Shah Rukh Khan, made sure that they have the right composure and balance as they picked some of the most talented players, which include both, experienced players as well as youngsters with less or no IPL experience.
KKR retained West Indian superstars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine but failed to keep their skipper Gautam Gambhir in the squad, who was sold to Delhi Daredevils. The Kolkata based franchise bought Australian batsman Chris Lynn and fast bowler Mitchell Starc for Rs9.6 crore and Rs 9.4 crore respectively. Two-time champions, KKR also bought all-rounder young Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who is dubbed as India’s next bowling sensation as he bowls consistently in excess of 145kph. Nitish Rana is the other all-rounder bought by the team.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik became KKR’s costliest player at whopping Rs 7.4 crore, followed by swashbuckling batsman Robin Uthappa. The franchise also got back their spin twins Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav using RTM (Right to Match).
KKR Squad: Sunil Narine (retained 12.5 crore), Andre Russell (retained 8.5), Mitchell Starc (9.4 c), Chris Lynn (9.6 crore), Dinesh Karthik (7.4 crore), Robin Uthappa (6.4 crore), Piyush Chawla (4.2 crore), Kuldeep Yadav (5.8 crore), Shubman Gill (1.8 crore), Ishank Jaggi (20 Lakh), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (3.2 crore), Nitish Rana (3.4 crore), Vinay Kumar (1 crore), Apoorv Wankhade (20 lakh), Rinku Singh (80 lakh), Shivam Mavi (3 crore), Mitchell Johnson (2 crore), Javon Searles (30 lakh), Cameron Delport (30 lakh)