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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Released and Retained Players List

By Vipin - 2023-11-27 14:06:03
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Released and Retained Players List

Kolkata Knight Riders have released as many as 12 players from their squad ahead of the IPL player auction scheduled on December 19 in Dubai. Among the players who have been let go by KKR are Umesh Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan and Shardul Thakur. KKR, however, have retained veterans Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. With Gautam Gambhir back with KKR as a mentor, the team almost has opted for an overhaul. Apart from the two, KKR have also shown faith in Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer and spinner Suyash Sharma as well.

Among the 12 players who have been let go, six are foreign players while six are Indians. Talking about the skills, there are five batters and an all-rounder while six are bowlers. With Shreyas Iyer set to be back for them after missing the last season with an injury, Nitish Rana is expected to hand back the captaincy to him for the 2024 season. They will also hope for Rinku Singh to be their finisher after the left-hand batter rose to the occasion multiple times in last season.

KKR, like RCB, have overhauled their pace department, letting Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur and Tim Southee go among others. They also need a back-up wicketkeeper batter for Rahmanullah Gurbaz, having released both Litton Das and N Jagadeesan.

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Released Players:

  • Tim Southee
  • Umesh Yadav
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Kulwant Khejroliya
  • N Jagadeesan
  • David Wiese
  • Aarya Desai
  • Litton Das
  • Johnson Charles
  • Shakib Al Hasan

Retained Players:

  • Nitish Rana
  • Rinku Singh
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Jason Roy
  • Anukul Roy
  • Andre Russel
  • Venkatesh Iyer
  • Suyash Sharma
  • Harshit Rana
  • Sunil Narine
  • Vaibhav Arora
  • Varun Chakravarthy

Purse for the auction: 32.7 CR

Also Read: Gujarat Titans (GT) Released and Retained Players List

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