4 Players KKR might retain ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction

4 Players KKR might retain ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction

KKR reached the finals of the IPL 2021.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill of KKR. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Well, for KKR, the IPL 2021 eventually was a supernova season. The franchise after a hiatus of two years finally qualified for the playoffs and ultimately came second only to MSD’s CSK. In between, players like Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine also malfunctioned but lastly, they returned as the glowing cogs of the side. Even captain Morgan endured a severe glitch with the bat but his captaincy was a mega-hit.

However, with the next IPL cycle now demanding a fresh start, KKR certainly has a lot to pick and choose from their current squad. Since the franchise in recent years had a flawless blend of quality Indian players along with some overseas white-ball veterans, it will be very interesting to see their final retentions and eliminations. Hence in this list, let’s check out-

Four possible retentions KKR might go with ahead of the mega auction

1. Andre Russell

Andre Russell
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Well, there’s absolutely no doubt that KKR certainly loves Andre Russell. The Jamaican all-rounder is always the first overseas penned name when it comes to their playing XI and has been part of the franchise since 2014. Also, though in this seven-year-old relationship there have been many dreadful storms, the management has still kept Russell’s presence very much intact. In fact, to eradicate his chronic knee injury, the KKR think tank has pulled many strings to get its muscle man into full fitness.

However, as a player, even Russel eminently has given back a profusion to KKR. The cricketer is currently their fourth-highest run-scorer scoring a total of 1707 runs from his 83 games at an average of almost 30. Perhaps when it comes to the strike rate then Russell butchers the ball in excess of 180. And if the all-rounder jubilantly is at his full fitness then Russell can enclose most games in the death overs.

Also barring his heroics for KKR, the 33-year old is also now a legendary name in the realm of global T20 cricket. The Jamaican is almost now on the verge of playing more than 400 T20 games along with touching the mark of 6500 runs. Overall, this T20 superstar is definitely one of the very elusive batters that can chop any mountain of a total into a molehill. Hence, retaining Andre Russell will surely be a no-brainer for KKR.