Kolkata Knight Riders along with the Sunrisers Hyderabad had the least budget at their disposal for the IPL 2021 Players’ Auction, with Rs 10.75 crores. However, the franchise did manage to complete some intelligent buys at the auction and managed to include as many as 8 players into their squad with the amount. Over the years, KKR have managed to produce top quality performances even without a star studded line up like a RCB or an old version of their own team which struggled in its initial few years.
Sheldon Jackson, Shakib Al Hasan, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora, Venkatesh Iyer and Ben Cutting were the players that were included in the KKR squad at the auctions in February. With the new bunch of old and new players, let us have a look at the strongest possible starting XI for the KKR, keeping in mind the balance of the team and the rule of playing a maximum of four overseas stars.
1. Shubman Gill
One of the most promising Indian youngsters Shubman Gill will undoubtedly walk into the Playing XI of the Kolkata Knight Riders side. The elegant opener provides them with the solidity at the top of the order, allowing stroke makers around him to go for the big hits in the powerplay overs. Meanwhile, Gill finds the boundaries with a minimal risk shot especially during the fielding restrictions to frustrate the bowlers. Gill accumulated 440 runs in the 14 matches last season but would look to work on his strike rate of 117.96.