One of the star franchises of the Indian Premier League was very calculative with its choice of players in IPL auction 2018 but by the end of the day, looked one of the best sides on paper.
The Kolkata Knight Riders ticked all boxes in Bengaluru. After retaining two West Indian superstars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, KKR went after the Australian pacer Mitchell Starc. The left-arm seamer who is believed to be an injury-prone cricketer was bought for a whopping Rs 9.4 crore, making him the second most expensive overseas player in IPL auction 2018. KKR followed this buy by getting hold of one of their star batsman Chris Lynn.
They then went after wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik who was in high demand at IPL auction 2018. Kolkata Knight Riders kept the nucleus of the side by buying Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Surya Kumar Yadav for a decent amount. Their top-order start to look better with the signing of former Mumbai Indians batsman Nitish Rana who was one of the leading run-scorers of IPL 2017. KKR also bought India Under 19 fast-bowling sensation Kamlesh Nagarkoti who has impressed everyone by clocking over 145 km/h at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Here is KKR team after IPL auction 2018:
Retained – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Bought– Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Johnson, Javin Searless, Shubman Gill
Seeing the list of players bought in the IPL auction 2018, the Knight Riders fan all over India can again hope for a “Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re!”