The Knights have under-performed a wee bit in the last three seasons.
On paper, two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) boast of having one of the most competent and intimidating squads among all the franchises. Before the commencement of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it seemed that KKR have all the bases covered as they had some notable batsmen, spinners, all-rounders, and pacers on their side.
However, the franchise flattered in the T20 Championship as they could win just two games from seven matches and were languishing at the second-last position on the points table of IPL 2021. The Knight Riders will now be hoping to make amends in the next season and will be strategising on which player to retain.
BCCI is likely to host a mega-auction for IPL 2022. In the case of the mega-auction, the franchise can retain only three players while they can also use the Right To Match card to bring back two of their players. KKR might end up retaining Shubman Gill, Pat Cummins, and Andre Russell.
In the article, here’s a list of five players on whom KKR can use their RTM card:
1. Nitish Rana
Kolkata Knight Riders acquired the services of top-order batsman Nitish Rana during the IPL 2018 auction by shelling a handsome amount of INR 3.4 crores. The 27-year-old has performed decently for the Knight Riders in the past four seasons. Rana formed a backbone of KKR’s batting line-up as he registered scores of 304, 344, and 352 in IPL 2018, 2019, and 2020 respectively.
In the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) too, Rana got off to a brilliant start. Nitish was assigned a new role this season as he opened the innings alongside Shubman Gill. He started his campaign with scores of 80 and 57 respectively against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians (MI) respectively.
However, the left-hander flattered to deceive after the initial start as he lost track and failed to give the desired start in the coming matches. After the seven matches, Nitish Rana ended up with 201 runs. However, the management is likely to show trust in the batsman as they can include him back in the squad using the RTM card.