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IPL Mega Auction 2022: Top 3 picks by Kolkata Knight Riders

Here are the top three players who can impact the team for a successful season.

In this best competitive competition, losing makes a team stronger for the next season. The Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered an agonising setback as the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings grabbed the IPL 2021 Trophy in the finals of last season. Despite ascending the crooked success ladder with a combination of hard work, luck, determination, and most importantly, solidarity with enthusiasm, the management, coaches, owners, and especially the players could not have a worse day than losing in the finals.

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In the initial part of the IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders did not appear to have a strong season, but because to Venkatesh Iyer’s huge performance with the bat, the team staged a significant recovery and made it to the finals.

The franchise has shocked and surprised their fans with the decisions taken by the team in the 2-Day Mega Auction and here are the top three picks of KKR –

1. Shreyas Iyer – Kolkata Knight Riders seemed to desperate need the young Indian batsman into their team who might give at least 3-4 years of contribution for KKR. Last season KKR had two captains – Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan. Dinesh was easily let go as he was not retained nor picked by KKR for the upcoming season whereas Eoin Morgan was one of the big names who went unsold in the Mega Auctions. This can be a reason why KKR wanted Shreyas who could represent the franchise as a leader, having experience of leading the Delhi Capitals for a few years.

Shreyas Iyer, the magnificent top-order batsman who will be playing for KKR after getting an auction offer of ₹12.25 crore, was one of the trendiest picks in the IPL over which fans were waiting. Fans were looking forward to Shreyas’ auction because one of the top IPL performers was not retained by Delhi Capitals, which was a huge disappointment for fans and cricket viewers, but Shreyas will now be ready for the following season with Kolkata Knight Riders.

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2. Pat Cummins– Having already played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Pat Cummins gets a come-back deal into the franchise. Pat Cummins has all it takes to break into the playing elite after setting a new standard with his captaincy in the current Ashes series. In a pinch, his ability to swing the ball at 140-150 kph and beyond makes him one of the most devastating bowlers. Because of his extensive experience playing for Australia and in the IPL, the Australian pacer may be highly useful in leading the bowling attack. In the previous edition of the IPL, he played for KKR and was regarded as the backbone of their bowling attack. Much to everyone’s amazement, after being released by the franchise, he was bought by the KKR franchise for a stunning figure of INR 7 Crore 25.

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3. Mohammad Nabi – Nabi will be playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and is considered a good deal for KKR as the ICC T20 All-Rounder Rank -1 player, Nabi represents KKR for just ₹1 crore. The cheap deal might be a major change into the playing XI as one of the best all-rounders in T20 format has gained a lot of experience in IPL as well as international cricket. Mohammad Nabi, an all-rounder for Afghanistan and one of their most dependable players, has played a key role in the country’s progress up the ranks to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and entry into the Test squad. He’s a right-handed middle-order batsman and a deft off-spinner who’s made crucial contributions for Afghanistan and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In 2019, he had the longest run in a season, appearing in eight games and taking four wickets. He’s a valuable cricketer to have, and it’ll be intriguing to see how the franchise employs him.

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