Not having a very good season in the IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders would be looking to win their third title in this season of the Indian Premiere League.
The team however, as usual were not very active in the Auction. To add to that, they only had a purse of Rs 10.75 Crores to begin with. In this limited amount, KKR had to fit in 8 purchases to fulfil their squad requirements.
The franchise had retained mist of their players, showing confidence in them despite having a disappointing season. Star players like Eouin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Andre Russel and Dinesh Karthik already made the side look nicely balanced.
IPL 2021 Auction: New Additions to KKR
Now, KKR did not invest very heavily in any player like many other teams. The franchise spent the most on buying Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan for an amount of Rs 3.2 Crores. Next purchase was the wicket-keeper batsman Sheldon Jackson for Rs 30 Lakhs.
While Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t take much part during the main event, they sprung into life doing the accelerated auction. They bought uncapped youngster Vaibhav Arora for Rs 20 lakh. Despite going unsold earlier, Karun Nair was also brought in by the team for Rs 50 lakh.
It was the same case for veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, as the Kolkata Knight Riders got him for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Ben Cutting was the final overseas buy for KKR, with the Aussie batsman going for Rs 75 lakh. KKR wrapped up their auction with two domestic players, getting Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi for Rs 20 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, respectively.
IPL 2021: KKR Full Squad
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi.