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IPL 2021 Auction Buys: Shakib backs up three of our foreign players, says Venky Mysore

Kolkata Knight Riders, on Thursday, brought back former Knights Shakib Al Hasan and Sheldon Jackson, besides buying 6 more players during the IPL 2021 Auction to complete a 25-member squad.

Team CEO Venky Mysore shed some light on the buys at the conclusion of the auction and said, “People were commenting that we had the smallest purse, but that usually happens when you retain the biggest squad and you are happy with that. We were looking for some specific types of gaps to fill. For us, bringing Shakib back to KKR was a big thing. All of us know the quality of Shakib. He backs up three of our foreign players (Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell). He brings us that variety with his left-arm spin and experience and his ability to bat.”

“We had a quick wrap up call. All our coaches were on zoom, including the captain and vice-captain. Everyone was very happy with the squad we already had and these additions will help us. This is the first time we have gone full squad with 25 and a lot of it has to do with the fact that there is pandemic and a bubble. So, getting replacements won’t be that easy. Overall, everyone is happy,” Mysore signed off.