Kolkata Knight Riders

Squad strength: 21

Players bought in auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 6.05 Crore

Kolkata Knight Riders had a lot of work to do going into the auction, lot of loopholes to fill – carrying forward from the disappointing returns of their last year’s auction. Yet again, like they do in a lot of auctions, made some surprise buys. It is a testimony to their strategy team as to how they manage to deliver results with some surprising picks. While Shrikant Mundhe and Nikhil Naik were outright surprising picks, they managed some good foreign picks – a department that needed serious loading – in Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje and Joe Denly. Going for two outright quicks could also be an indication of how they could be planning for the upcoming season.

While they got most of their foreign picks easy and cheap, they got into an intense tussle for Carlos Brathwaite. Having paid INR. 5 Crore for the Windies all-rounder, it remains to be seen if he can find a place in the starting XI. While KKR strengthened their pace and all-round department, they probably missed a batsman, going home with saving more than INR 6 Crore.

Batsmen Allrounders Spinners Pacers
Joe Denly* S Mundhe* Piyush Chawla Prithvi Raj Yarra*
Nikhil Naik (wk)* C Brathwaite* Kuldeep Yadav Harry Gurney*
Dinesh Karthik (wk) Andre Russell Anrich Nortje*
Robin Uthappa (wk) Sunil Narine Lockie Ferguson*
Chris Lynn Nitish Rana Prasidh Krishna
Shubman Gill Shivam Mavi
Rinku Singh Kamlesh Nagarkoti