KKR’s IPL Auction 2024 Recap
The Knight Riders completed an excellent IPL Auction 2024 after some great buys. The KKR Think Tank managed to build a well-rounded unit with some exceptional battles at the auction table. An intense day out in Dubai, culminated with some historical records and high-voltage bidding wars. KKR picked as many as 10 players in the auction and amongst those was the most expensive buy of the auction history - Mitchell Starc as the Knights acquired the Aussie quick for a whopping 24.75 crores.
Here’s all you need to know about KKR’s Auction Picks:
1. Mitchell Starc - The Game Changer: The Knights absolutely broke the bank for the Aussie quick after an intense bidding war against GT as Starc became the most expensive buy in the history of IPL auction at 24.75 crores. The seasoned campaigner has been in top-form and now will lead KKR’s fast-bowling contingent.
2. KS Bharat - Mr Safe Hands: KKR’s first buy of the day was the talented wicket-keeper KS Bharat as he was picked at a base price of 50 lakhs. Bharat has been a proven performer as a keeper-batter at the IPL and now will be looking forward to performing for the Knights this season.
3. Chetan Sakariya - The Left-Arm Prodigy: Knights picked the young and versatile left-arm quick for a base prize of 50 lakhs. Sakariya has performed well in the past at the IPL, with the new ball as well as in the death overs. An exciting pick to be a part of the KKR’s fast bowling unit.
4. Angkrish Raghuvanshi - The Rising Star: Young and talented Mumbai batter, Angkrish was picked by the Knights at the base price of 20 lakhs. Angkrish will be looking to make the most of his first-ever opportunity at the IPL with a storied franchise like KKR.
5. Ramandeep Singh - The Versatile All-Rounder: The Knights also managed to get the services of Ramandeep Singh at the base price of 20 lakhs. Ramandeep is a versatile all-rounder who has been impressive in the domestic circuit and now will be gunning to perform well for the Knights in the upcoming IPL season.
6. Sherfane Rutherford - Power-packed Performer: The Knights roped in the WI six-hitting all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford at a price of 1.5 crores. Sherfane has been in great form and will be looking to replicate the same for KKR in the upcoming season.
7. Manish Pandey - The Ever-Reliable: A homecoming for Pandey as he was picked by the Knights at a base price of 50 lakhs. Manish has been a proven performer and was an integral part of the victorious campaign in 2014 for KKR. The Knights will be thrilled to have an experienced individual like him.
8. Mujeeb Rahman - The Spin Wizard: The magic and mystery of Mujeeb comes to Kolkata as the Knights picked him for 2 crores. Mujeeb has been highly skillful at the international stage as well as the IPL and he will be looking to add a lot of value to the spin-bowling contingent of KKR.
9. Gus Atkinson - The Fierce Speedster: The English pace bowling sensation got his first gig at the IPL as the Knights picked him at the base price of 1 crore. KKR further strengthened their pace-bowling department with Atkinson’s addition.
10. Sakib Hussain - The Young Pace Sensation: The Knights picked the young speedstar from Bihar, Sakib Hussain at a base price of 20 lakhs. The youngster gets his first opportunity at the IPL.
KKR’s Squad after Auction 2024: Shreyas Iyer (C), Andre Russell, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Anukul Roy, Chetan Sakariya, Gus Atkinson, Harshit Rana, Jason Roy, KS Bharat, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Starc, Mujeeb Rahman, Nitish Rana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ramandeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Sakib Hussain, Sherfane Rutherford, Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer.