IPL 2022: 3 Players KKR should have retained instead of the current retentions
The Knights made a stupendous comeback in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after a lacklustre performance in India.
Updated - Jan 4, 2022 8:05 am
The champions of season 2012 and 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), have been a successful side since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL). No one can forget the inaugural IPL game where KKR’s Brendon McCullum thrashed the RCB bowling with a lot of brutality. The veteran T20 star is now the head coach of the franchise and hasn’t flattered to deceive.
They have retained two Caribbeans and two Indians ahead of the 2022 season. They have retained Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, and Varun Chakravarthy. They could have gone for someone who could serve them for the upcoming 10 years and one who could also be a contender for the role of captaincy. They haven’t retained any fast bowler despite having a good pace attack in the previous season.
They still don’t have a captain in their squad. Eoin Morgan used to captain the side but he was released before the auction. They have many positions to fill going into the 2022 edition. They will need a quality wicket-keeper, a solid middle-order batter, and a good opening pair. They have a finisher who can bowl and have two good spinners as well. But they still need to make more valuable additions to the squad.
In the article, let’s decode the three players KKR should have retained in place of the current IPL retentions
1. Shubman Gill
The young and flamboyant batter who is seen as the future of Indian cricket, Shubman Gill, could have been retained by the franchise. He has done well for them in the seasons he played. He was a good option to be given the opening slot as he has all the gears a T20 batter should have. He is also a safe fielder to have.
Gill has a decent IPL record as he has scored 1417 IPL runs in 58 games and has 10 fifties to his name. He is highly praised by the cricket pundits. He was also the vice-captain of the Indian side in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. The right-hander became the Man of the Tournament in that event and proved to be one of India’s greatest positives.
He could also be looked at as an option for captaincy in the future. Gill is just 22 years old and he could have served the franchise for many years. The youngster would have been the perfect talent to invest in. Every team wants to have a player like him on their side. And the retention would have provided him a huge amount of confidence.