IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders – Team profile and Full Squad

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Kolkata Knight Riders have never really been the most consistent team in the IPL. In all the seasons of the tournament, they have won the trophy twice in 2012 and 2014. In the rest of the seasons, they have sometimes landed on the 4th and at times, at the seventh position on the points’ table. Here’s hoping the additions and changes to the KKR IPL team 2021 players list can make this season count for them. 

Complete KKR IPL team 2021 players list 

Here is the complete Kolkata team 2021 players list: 

  • Eoin Morgan  
  • Dinesh Karthik  
  • Andre Russell 
  • Shubman Gill 
  • Nitish Rana 
  • Rahul Tripathi 
  • Kuldeep Yadav 
  • Ben Cutting 
  • Kamlesh Nagarkoti 
  • Pat Cummins 
  • Lockie Ferguson  
  • Prasidh Krishna  
  • Varun Chakaravarthy 
  • Shivam Mavi  
  • Sunil Narine 
  • Rinku Singh  
  • Sandeep Warrier 
  • Tim Seifert 
  • Shakib al Hasan 
  • Harbhajan Singh 
  • Karun Nair 
  • Sheldon Jackson 
  • Venkatesh Iyer  
  • Pawan Negi 
  • Vaibhav Arora 

The retained players in KKR 2021 players list 

Here is a list of the retained players in the KKR full team: 

  • Eoin Morgan  
  • Dinesh Karthik  
  • Andre Russell 
  • Shubman Gill 
  • Nitish Rana 
  • Rahul Tripathi 
  • Kuldeep Yadav 
  • Kamlesh Nagarkoti 
  • Pat Cummins 
  • Lockie Ferguson  
  • Prasidh Krishna  
  • Varun Chakaravarthy 
  • Shivam Mavi  
  • Sunil Narine 
  • Rinku Singh  
  • Sandeep Warrier 
  • Tim Seifert 

Players added to the KKR full squad in IPL 2021 auction 

KKR IPL team 2021 players list has the following additions from the auction 

  • Shakib Al Hasan (Rs 3.20 crore) 
  • Harbhajan Singh (Rs 2 crore) 
  • Ben Cutting (Rs 75 lakh) 
  • Karun Nair (Rs 50 lakh) 
  • Pawan Negi (Rs 50 lakh) 
  • Vaibhav Arora (Rs 20 lakh) 
  • Sheldon Jackson (Rs 20 lakh) 
  • Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 20 lakh) 

A SWOT analysis of KKR 2021 players list 

Here is a complete SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of the Kolkata team 2021 players list. 

Strengths: 

Spinners 

This time, the KKR full team has two veteran spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Narine. Varun Chakravarthy is also part of the KKR squad, and he proved his mettle last season with a brilliant display of bowling skills. Then, there is a match-winner like Shakib al Hasan in the squad. Even Kuldeep Yadav can be a crucial wicket-taker in some matches. 

Foreign players 

The KKR full squad has some of the best foreign players in the tournament. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine are good enough to win matches simply on their own. Lockie Ferguson and Pat Cummins have already shown why they deserve a place in KKR IPL team 2021 players list. Shakib has already been a part of match-winning teams of SRH and KKR. Ben Cutting and Tim Seifert are also among the best foreign players in KKR 2021 players list. 

Weakness: 

Wicketkeepers 

Apart from Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata team 2021 players list has no well-known wicketkeeper. Though Sheldon Jackson can be seen as a good option, he is not as good a batsman as Karthik. Tim Seifert might be a good idea for the team. However, he is a foreign player and an opener, so the entire team structure will have to change to make room for him. 

Opportunity: 

Consider replacements for Sunil Narine 

Sunil Narine’s performance has been rather dull in the past couple of years. The fact that he can score a wicket or two once in a while does not make him a great fit for KKR full team. If Gill and Tripathi are considered as an opening pair, Shakib can come in as Narine’s replacement. Ben Cutting can come into the squad as a seam bowler. He can also hit big in the lower order, which will help Russell. 

Threats: 

Andre Russell and Sunil Narine 

The plan to send Narine as an opener has tanked more times than the fans can count. So, the KKR full squad really needs to sit down and reconsider this decision. If Narine is still their opener, and all the players get pushed down one position because of it, the batting lineup suffers. Though Andre Russell is one of the best names in world cricket at present, his fitness issues are a cause of worry. 

Wrapping up 

New schedule is released for IPL 2021 and All in all, it can be said that KKR has all a team needs to make it to the final and bring the trophy home. They only need to make the right moves and follow a clever strategy. For more sports updates, keep your eyes on Pure win News!