The team was at number seven in IPL 2022
The team’s path will not be easy in the new season
new Delhi. The mini auction for the Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023) is to be held in Kochi on 23 December. For this, all the teams have started making their strategy. Among all the 10 teams for the auction, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is in the most worrying position. Actually, when the management of the team will be on the auction table, then its hands will be tied badly. Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes that the KKR management has spoiled its own game by taking wrong decisions. He has less chances in the auction, but by making the right choices, he can still build a strong team.
Talking about KKR’s strategy in the auction, Manjrekar said that the team has limited funds and also needs good players. This is not an easy task. In these circumstances, you have to see which player you really need. The former veteran cricketer said in the Star Sports show, KKR has batsmen like Venkatesh Iyer, Gurbaz, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russell. There are also spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty. The fast bowlers are saved, for whom a huge amount may have to be paid.
KKR has only Rs 7.05 crore
KKR has only Rs 7.05 crore left for the mini auction. This is the least in the amount left with the teams. In the IPL 2022 auction, KKR spent a huge amount to buy Shivam Mavi and fast bowler Pat Cummins. Mavi was bought by the team for Rs 7 crore. Mavi was able to take only 5 wickets in 6 matches of the 2022 season. During this his economy was 10.31. In this season, KKR has released Cummins and Mavi.
Manjrekar said, I don’t think KKR took the right decisions in the last auction. You first spend huge amount to buy players and then release them. It means something is wrong somewhere. In IPL 2022, 2-time champion KKR finished seventh. KKR Management has appointed Chandrakant Pandit as the head coach of the team to improve the performance of the team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 21, 2022, 12:45 IST