IPL 2022: SWOT Analysis of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

IPL 2022: SWOT Analysis of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

While the two-time winners have a balanced squad for IPL 2022, the injury concerns for some of their key players could leave them in a spot of bother

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)

Kolkata Knight Riders were one of the teams that made some very smart and interesting buys at the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this month. Having bid adieu to some of their experienced players Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, etc. KKR welcomed the likes of the dynamic batter Shreyas Iyer for a sum of INR 12.25 crore, senior Test batter Ajinkya Rahane (INR 1 crore), England white-ball specialist Sam Billings (INR 2 crore), one of the most promising domestic talents Sheldon Jackson (INR 60 lakh) to name a few.

At the same time, Kolkata were impressive on the first day of the two-day event in Bengaluru by ensuring that they had their bases covered. They also bought back some of their older players including Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins for INR 7.25 crore, middle-order batter Nitish Rana (INR 8 crore), and young pacer Shivam Mavi (INR 7.25 crore) respectively to lay a solid foundation as the franchise looks to take its legacy forward.

Here’s the entire Kolkata Knight Riders squad:

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

The SWOT analysis of Kolkata Knight Riders squad for IPL 2022:

Strengths- New and innovative captain Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Just days after the conclusion of the IPL 2022 mega auction, the Kolkata Knight Riders decided to name Shreyas Iyer as their new captain. He will be taking over the reins from Eoin Morgan. Morgan, who was made skipper in the second half of IPL 2020, had led KKR to the finals last season but his returns with the bat were underwhelming and that’s why he was released by the franchise and found no takers this time around.

Iyer has a tremendous amount of IPL captaincy experience under his belt, having led the Delhi Capitals to their first playoffs in 2019 after the 2012 season and a maiden final in 2020 where they lost to a strong Mumbai Indians. Iyer parted ways with DC after they had made it clear that Rishabh Pant was their first-choice captain for IPL 2022.

Heading into the mega auction, KKR wanted to sort out their captaincy woes permanently and they have done that with the appointment of Shreyas Iyer. It now remains to be seen whether Iyer’s leadership experience will take the franchise to unattained heights starting this season.

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