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| On Mar 10, 2022 3:44 PM IST

KKR Playing 11 2022; Full Squad of Kolkata Knight Riders Players


KKR Playing XI – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are one of the franchises that are known to make wise and smart decisions during the auctions, play a stylish brand of cricket, and back their players relentlessly to eventually grab hold of the much-coveted title – which they’ve got their hands upon twice (2012 and 2014) in the history of the tournament.

Let’s check the predicted Playing 11 of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2022.

KKR Playing 11

1.  Venkatesh Iyer
2. Alex Hales
3. Shreyas Iyer
4. Nitish Rana
5. Sheldon Jackson (wk)
6. Andre Russell
7. Sunil Narine
8. Pat Cummins
9. Umesh Yadav
10. Varun Chakravarthy
11. Shivam Mavi

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The ones who were retained by KKR ahead of the IPL 2022 auction: Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine. It looks like a done deal to open with Venkatesh Iyer and Alex Hales for two reasons; firstly, the left-hand right-hand combo which is known to trouble the bowlers, and secondly,

Hales had a splendid run in BBL 2021-22 and in the PSL 2022, and so did Venkatesh Iyer for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana have plenty of experience on their shoulders, with both having a reputation of being spin-bashers and posing a threat in the middle-overs. Iyer, in fact, adds value both as a batsman and as a captain, for his shrewd antics as a leader propelled his former IPL franchise – Delhi Capitals –  to successive playoff trips from 2019-20.

Now down the order, KKR have Sheldon Jackson – a bright wicket-keeper batsman who has impressed time and again in the domestic circle – followed by Andre Russell and Sunil Narine –  two of the finest all-rounders to have played in the shortest format – who have showcased their match-winning abilities for the franchise on countless occasions.

The Men in Purple and Gold then find themselves in a pace trio in Umesh Yadav – a former Knight Rider – Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins, who are all adept with pace and variations to tackle the opposition. And last but not the least, a mystery spinner of Varun Chakrathy’s caliber, who has compiled a total of 35 wickets since IPL 2020 while maintaining an economy under 7.00.  He’s someone the team would be banking to a large extent to spin the game in KKR’s favor.

Kolkata Knight Riders finished as the runners up in the last edition, yet, huge credits to the team management and the players for marshaling themselves from a dismal position in the first half – where they could muster only 2 wins in 7 matches – to finish at the third spot in the points table, which was followed by wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator and Qualifier-2 respectively before their run came to an end against the eventual champions – Chennai Super Kings. Nonetheless, they would be backing themselves to put up an even stronger exhibition in the upcoming edition, starting from the IPL 2022 auction, where they’ve made some laudable decisions.

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KKR 2022 Players List for IPL 2022

Baba Indrajith, Pratham Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Alex Hales, Shreyas Iyer, Aman Hakim Khan, Sheldon Jackson, Sam Billings, Varun Chakravarthy, Chamika Karunaratne, Ashok Sharma, Rasikh Salam, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Nitish Rana, Mohammad Nabi


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