KKR: List of players retained for 2019 VIVO IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders have retained 13 players from their squad of 21, for the 2019 edition of the VIVO Indian Premier League. The list of retained players, which was due to be submitted to the IPL Governing council by Thursday (November 15), include:
01. Dinesh Karthik (captain/wicketkeeper)
02. Robin Uthappa
03. Chris Lynn
04. Andre Russell
05. Sunil Narine
06. Shubman Gill
07. Piyush Chawla
08. Kuldeep Yadav
09. Prasidh Krishna
10. Shivam Mavi
11. Nitish Rana
12. Rinku Singh
13. Kamlesh Nagarkoti
"The retention was triggered by how our season went in 2018," said Venky Mysore, CEO and MD of Kolkata Knight Riders. "As we all know, we had a big auction before the last edition, where we assembled a new team. We had retained only Andre Russell and Sunil Narine (on that occasion), so it was practically a new squad, and we were quite excited by the way the season evolved. We have retained 13 players now, including Kamlesh Nagarkoti. He was injured and he unfortunately couldn't play for us. He is still recovering, but given the skills and ability he has - we picked him with that intention, and we have retained him again."
The eight players released from their contracts are:
01. Mitchell Starc
02. Mitchell Johnson
03. Tom Curran
04. Cameron Delport
05. Ishank Jaggi
06. R Vinay Kumar
07. Apoorv Wankhade
08. Javon Searles
"Releasing players is always a difficult decision, because we are like one big family," Venky Mysore added. "The cricketers, whether they play or they don't, often contribute in many other ways to a side. However, this was an opportunity for us to fine-tune the squad, and look at the strategies going forward."
Speaking on Mitchell Starc, and the media reports that have been doing the rounds over the past couple of days, Venky Mysore said:
"It has been picked up out of context, because we (KKR and Starc) have had a great relationship. Even when we picked him last year, not only was he over the moon, but he was also appreciative towards the confidence we had shown in him. He was extremely disappointed he couldn't come here for last year's IPL, and to be frank, so were we. It left a big hole in our line up. This time, when we had an exchange of messages, he was appreciative of where we were coming from. It was very cordial, and professional type of an exchange.
"The auctions this year will depend heavily on the availability of the players, especially given that the World Cup is coming up. The Australian board (CA) has apparently said that among their players featuring in the IPL, those who will be appearing in the World Cup, will have to return (for national duty) no later than May 1. The English board (ECB) has apparently got a similar clause, so that will be an important consideration."
"We are glad the youngsters we showed faith in have grabbed the opportunity with both hands. We are in a fairly happy position, and we feel that we have most of our bases covered," added Venky Mysore.