Kolkata Knight Riders will sport a fresh look as Shreyas Iyer takes over as captain after the franchise bid Rs 12.25 crore for the middle order batter at the Indian Premier League mega auction. After mounting an impressive run to the final last year, from being in seventh position at the halfway stage, KKR will be aiming to add to their two IPL titles this time around.
With Iyer added to the squad, Pat Cummins bought back, and Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine retained before the auction, the Knight Riders have a formidable core group of players and will fancy their chances of reaching the playoffs in IPL 2022.
History at the tournament
KKR's results in every IPL season
|Season||League stage finish||Playoff result|
|IPL 2011||4th out of 10||Lost Eliminator|
|IPL 2012||1st out of 9||Champions|
|IPL 2013||7th out of 9||Lost Eliminator|
|IPL 2016||4th||Lost Eliminator|
|IPL 2017||3rd||Lost Qualifier 2|
|IPL 2018||3rd||Lost Qualifier 2|
Kolkata bagged Alex Hales late in the auction but the England batter pulled out citing bubble fatigue. Aaron Finch was then roped in as replacement but the Australian white-ball captain is set to miss the first couple of weeks of the IPL due to the series in Pakistan. Pat Cummins, too, is reportedly set to miss the first three games. Senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, meanwhile, might be unavailable for the playoffs, if KKR qualify, due to a Test series in England.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Ashok Sharma, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammed Nabi, Aman Khan, Umesh Yadav.
Most Valuable Player
The KKR lineup has a number of match-winners, players with that X-factor who can turn games around single-handedly. Venkatesh Iyer at the top will be expected to deliver once again, Sunil Narine can always be counted on for all-round contributions, Andre Russell can be devastating if fit, and Varun Chakaravarthy’s mystery spin is a big asset. But it is Shreyas Iyer who could bring most value to this team. As captain, he played a key part in Delhi Capitals’ revival and will be expected to inspire his new team too. And as a middle order batter, he will need to do the bulk of the scoring and be the link that ties it all together. What’s most promising for KKR is that Iyer has been in fine form of late, scoring heavily for India across formats, and will be heading into IPL 2022 will great confidence.
Uncapped Indian to watch out for
Shivam Mavi isn’t really a fresh face but he is an uncapped player for now and could be asked to play a crucial role for Kolkata through the season. In terms of pace bowlers, KRR will rely on Mavi, Cummins and Umesh Yadav. If the 23-year-old right-arm quick can deliver with the new ball and at the death, KKR will be confident their spinners can put in the choke in the middle overs. Sheldon Jackson, meanwhile, has continued his superb form in domestic cricket this season and could make a significant impact as a batter if given opportunities.
Shreyas Iyer to kkr.in: “Brendon McCullum as a coach I feel is very aggressive. Even when you saw him playing for his country (New Zealand), he was someone who was very aggressive and he is kind of a risk taker. And I absolutely love that... He’s got that calm demeanor and I’m really looking forward to working with him, and to have some very successful seasons for KKR over the years.”
Teams to play twice: MI, RR, DC, LSG, SRH
Teams to play once: CSK, RCB, PBKS, GT
Kolkata Knight Riders schedule for IPL 2022
|Sat||26-03-22||CSK vs KKR||7:30 PM||Wankhede Stadium|
|Wed||30-03-22||RCB vs KKR||7:30 PM||DY Patil Stadium|
|Fri||01-04-22||KKR vs PBKS||7:30 PM||Wankhede Stadium|
|Wed||06-04-22||KKR vs MI||7:30 PM||MCA Stadium, Pune|
|Sun||10-04-22||KKR vs DC||3:30 PM||Brabourne - CCI|
|Fri||15-04-22||SRH vs KKR||7:30 PM||Brabourne - CCI|
|Mon||18-04-22||RR vs KKR||7:30 PM||Brabourne - CCI|
|Sat||23-04-22||KKR vs GT||3:30 PM||DY Patil Stadium|
|Thu||28-04-22||DC vs KKR||7:30 PM||Wankhede Stadium|
|Mon||02-05-22||KKR vs RR||7:30 PM||Wankhede Stadium|
|Sat||07-05-22||LSG vs KKR||7:30 PM||MCA Stadium, Pune|
|Mon||09-05-22||MI vs KKR||7:30 PM||DY Patil Stadium|
|Sat||14-05-22||KKR vs SRH||7:30 PM||MCA Stadium, Pune|
|Wed||18-05-22||KKR vs LSG||7:30 PM||DY Patil Stadium|