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Rahul Tripathi hit 66 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament poses questions for KKR Management Who should Retain for IPL 2022

New Delhi. Rahul Tripathi, who played a key role in taking Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to the finals in IPL 2021, continues to be in great form. Playing for Maharashtra in the pre-quarterfinals of the domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, he played a blistering innings of 66 runs against Vidarbha. However, this innings of his did not work for the team. Because Vidarbha won this match by 7 wickets with 13 balls remaining.

In the first knockout match against Vidarbha, Rahul hit 66 runs in 45 balls at a strike rate of 146.66, which included 5 fours and 3 sixes. That is, 38 runs in 8 balls were scored with the help of fours and sixes. However, Rahul definitely created problems for his IPL franchise KKR with this innings. Because 10 teams are going to play in the league from 2022 and for this there will be Mega Auction (IPL 2022 Mega Auction). In such a situation, every franchise is working on a strategy to strengthen its team anew.

The team management is busy in the process of deciding which player to retain and whom to release. Even before that, Rahul put the team management in trouble by playing a fireworks innings.

Team will be able to retain 4 players in IPL 2022

According to the ESPNcricinfo report, there will be no RTM card next year. The franchise will be able to retain four players under two different combinations. The first three Indians and one foreigner, while the second-2 Indians and so many foreigners. That is, the team should retain three Indians and one foreigner out of 4 or keep two domestic and 2 foreign players with them.

As an overseas player, KKR can retain either Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell or Shakib Al Hasan. Because this time the team has played the final under the captaincy of Morgan. But choosing 3 desi players will not be easy. Because experienced players like Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh are in the team. But his performance in this season has not been good.

Venkatesh Iyer trapped in the top order
Apart from this, Venkatesh Iyer in the top order has made the match interesting by performing with a bang in this season. Because the claim of Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill is also strong for the opening slot. By the way, Rahul batted in the middle order in most of the matches in IPL 2021. But they can also open. In such a situation, KKR will face trouble in deciding which country player to retain and release for IPL 2022.

Rahul Tripathi was added by KKR last year.
Rahul Tripathi plays for Maharashtra in domestic cricket. In the debut season of IPL in 2017, this batsman showed his stormy batting pattern with Rising Pune Super Giants. Then he got the opportunity to open and Rahul had scored 30 or more runs on 7 occasions in 8 innings. He scored 391 runs in 14 matches in the entire season at a strike rate of 146. In the same season, he scored 93 runs in 52 balls against KKR. Out of this, 78 runs alone came from the boundary. It was only after that that KKR’s team management had an eye on him.

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Rahul scored 397 runs in IPL 2021
He played for Rajasthan Royals in 2018 and 2019. But not many runs came off his bat. After the IPL auction held in 2020, he was traded by Kolkata Knight Riders for 60 lakh rupees. However, his first year with KKR did not go well and Rahul scored 230 runs in 11 matches. However, in 2021, he played an important role in taking KKR to the final. For KKR, Rahul scored 397 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of more than 140. He had also studded two fifty. He had 41 fours and 11 sixes in the tournament.

Tags: Cricket news, IPL 2022, IPL 2022 Auction, IPL 2022 Mega Auction, KKR, Rahul Tripathi

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