IPL 2018: 5 players who Kolkata Knight Riders should axe

IPL 2018: 5 players who Kolkata Knight Riders should axe

The Knight Riders finished third on the points table of the IPL.

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Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell celebrates fall of Evin Lewis’ wicket. (Photo by IANS)

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) recently qualified for the playoffs of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) in a rather dramatic fashion. The Kolkata-based franchise floundered at several stages, but however, ensured that they cement their position in the top four. They have had their issues throughout the tournament. They lost a couple of players to injuries and that crippled them quite a bit.

Their journey has been a witness to a roller coaster ride. While there have been players who performed handsomely for them, a few of them couldn’t quite live up to their potential and flattered to deceive. In this article, we take you through the probable players who might not be retained by KKR for the next season.

#1 Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson of KKR. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mitchell Johnson played his last international match in 2015 and hasn’t played much cricket thereafter. The pacer’s penetrative power has diminished and currently, he isn’t the brute force he used to be during his heydays. The veteran was brought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at his base price of INR 2 crore. He played six matches and managed only two wickets.

Moreover, he went for 10.28 runs per over and has never been able to put a lid on the scoring. The 36-year old has also been in and out of the team owing to his lacklustre performance. The retired cricketer has a dismal bowling average of 108 and is unlikely to be persisted with in the upcoming season. He also has a bleak chance of finding a deal if he is left out by the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise.