IPL 2021, which was halted in mid-May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will keep cricket fans excited with the remaining matches in September-October later this year. With IPL 2021, IPL 2022 is also going to be an exciting tournament due to the addition of two new teams and a mega auction taking place before the season. As a result, many players will be transferred to new franchises and the current group of franchises will see a big change.
The mega auctions of IPL 2022 also make it possible for franchisees to retain few players in their group. According to reports, each franchise will be allowed to retain 4 players in the group, of which there may be 1 or 2 foreign players and the rest must be domestic. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the Knights of Kolkata franchise to select new players as their current team observed a very poor performance in the 1st half of IPL 2021.
The team led by Eoin Morgan won only 2 games out of 7 and finished second last in the standings with 2 points in their cat. KKR franchise wants to select some new players at the IPL 2022 auction, but they may also retain few powerful players from the current group. Here we are talking about 4 players who can retain Kolkata Knight Riders during the mega auction of IPL 2022.
IPL 2022 Mega Auction: 4 Players to Keep Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Nitish Rana is the first player to retain Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022 mega-auction. The left-handed batsman has run a constant batting program for the franchise over the past few seasons, hitting more than 300 runs in each IPL 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 season.
In IPL 2021, Rana was the highest run scorer for KKR with 201 runs in 7 matches at an average of 28.71. He also smashed 2 fifties in the tournament with the highest score of 80 runs. Nitish Rana has been a consistently good performance for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, and therefore the franchise will likely retain him in the 2022 season.