Today we bring you information about the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers. Kolkata Knight Riders have undoubtedly been the most popular franchise in the Indian Premier League. The team owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been a phenomenal business concept off the pitch. On the pitch as well, KKR has mesmerized us over the years with its power-packed performances.
Although it has not been as consistent a team like Mumbai Indians or as well oiled a machine as Chennai Super Kings, they have been a gritty outfit with the ability to win matches from extremely difficult positions.
They have also won the coveted trophy twice in 2012 and 2014. KKR this season has been hot and cold with 5 wins from 9 matches. Although they have a strong team on paper with a famed middle order, they haven’t been firing in unison. However, they have been able to win scrappily and maintain a stronghold over the playoffs spot. Following are the list of the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers-
Siddhesh Lad (Batsman)
A recognized batsman in the domestic format, Siddhesh hasn’t been offered the opportunities he deserves. He has been warming the bench since Rahul Tripathi has been promoted up the order to open the batting with the in-form KKR batting mainstay Shubman Gill. With a strong middle order featuring the likes of proven performers like Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, and Andre Russell it would be difficult for Lad to find a place in the playing XI. Among the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers.
Nikhil Naik (Wicketkeeper-Batsman)
This explosive keeper-batsman has been warming the bench. It is only in one game that he got a chance to play in. With Dinesh Karthik being the obvious choice for stand-in wicket-keeper, Naik will find it difficult to make a place in the starting XI. Although Karthik has been inconsistent with the bat, with flashes of brilliance, it will be difficult to downplay his match-winning abilities when it comes down to the wire. Among the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers.
Chris Green (Australia)
A foreign acquisition that promised a lot, Chris has been overlooked completely by the KKR set up. He has only been able to feature in the XI since Narine was banned due to his suspected illegal bowling action which requires immediate ratification.
Chris has been a very experienced cricketer in the Big Bash League, known to be very economical and miserly with the ball. He can also tonk the ball a fair bit lower down the order. However, KKR’s over-reliance on Sunil Narine, their marquee player since 2012 may cost him. Narine has been extremely crucial to the team’s fortunes since his induction into the KKR set up. Among the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers.
Tom Banton (England)
Another explosive opening batsman waiting in the ranks- Banton has been in sensational form in his most recent England assignments. But somehow the KKR team management has not been able to instill enough faith in the youngster.
Although he is eligible for mid-season transfer it is unlikely that KKR would release this precocious young talent who can blossom into a bright young cricketer if given adequate opportunities. He is a star in the making and laying his foundation through some good innings for the Knights would be instrumental behind the rise of his reputation as a potent white-ball cricketer. Among the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers.
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
The firebrand New Zealand speedster has been a brilliant acquisition for KKR. However, with Pat Cummins in the team, who has not been able to live up to his billing, to be honest, Lockie has not received that many opportunities. But the only time that he has got a game, he emerged as the player of the match with three wickets and single-handedly winning the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the tightly contested Super Over.
Going by his performance, he is the sure-shot pick in the next few matches for KKR and thus the question of him being sent on a mid-season transfer is out of the equation. However, it is impertinent that a bowler of his caliber would only remain a part of the setup if he is allowed to play in the remaining matches. Among the KKR players eligible for mid-season transfers.
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