KKR in IPL-2022 comes back with stronger hopes, after having fetched the likes of in-form Shreyas Iyer who will be their captain from this season onwards and tenured IPL campaigner Ajinkya Rahane. Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) has been 3rd most-successful IPL Franchise in the IPL History, winning the title twice i.e. 2012 & 2014 only after the Mumbai Indians(MI) who have won 5 Times and Chennai Super Kings(CSK) who emerged as the champions 4 times.
Along Shreyas and Rahane, KKR’s retained choice Venkatesh Iyer is now the International Regular whose roller-coaster journey just started in 2nd Phase of IPL-2021 and also Varun Chakravarthy who will be high on confidence after playing the T20 World Cup-2021 in UAE. So that’s so obvious that KKR fans will be expecting more matured performances from these two.
KKR were also smart enough to continue availing the services of Australian Test Captain Pat Cummins at the much bargained price.
What did support staff and management bought for KKR in IPL-2022 Auctions?
KKR were the one of few teams who went to the IPL-2022 Mega Auctions to get not only some match-winners but also a calm leader who can act smartly with his timber as well. In Shreyas Iyer they get the in-form Indian player who can be best suited for the role. Also buying Rahane will just add the valuable experience to the franchise and let’s not forget that Ajinkya Rahane is a very smart captain. Also getting Pat Cummins and Shivam Mavi they have the bowlers who know the culture pretty well.
With Andre Russell and Sunil Narine they get the reward for their loyalty to the players. Both Russell and Narine are proven match winners in T20 Cricket and also can be available throughout the tournament if fitness looks them with a sweet smile.
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Here’s the predicted and strongest Playing XI for KKR in IPL-2022
Ajinkya Rahane /Alex Hales
Shreyas Iyer (C)
Sam Billings/Sheldon Jackson(WK)
With the strong middle-order KKR looks fine settled but fast bowling isn’t that stronger enough on bad days. Injury issues with Andre Russell can only add some problems. But the presence of match-winners will surely compensate for these issues.
Team Rating of KKR in IPL-2022 : 8.5/10