Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Playing XI – The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are one of the franchises that are known for making wise and smart decisions during the auctions, playing a stylish brand of cricket, and relentlessly backing their players to eventually win the much-coveted title – which they’ve won twice in the tournament’s history (2012 and 2014).

Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, and Sunil Narine were among the players retained by KKR ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. For two reasons, it seems like opening with Venkatesh Iyer and Aaron Finch is a done deal: first, the left-hand-right-hand combination is known to bother bowlers, and second, the left-hand-right-hand combo is known to worry bowlers.

KKR’s best starting lineup for their first IPL 2022 match

  1. Aaron Finch
  2. Venkatesh Iyer
  3. Shreyas Iyer(c)
  4. Nitish Rana
  5. Sheldon Jackson(wk)
  6. Andre Russell
  7. Sunil Narine
  8. Pat Cummins
  9. Umesh Yadav
  10. Shivam Mavi
  11. Varun Chakravarthy

In the 15th Season of IPL, Aaron Finch and Venkatesh Iyer might be opening for KKR. Both Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana have a reputation for being spin-bashers and a threat in the middle-overs, so they have plenty of experience on their shoulders. In reality, Iyer provides value as a batter and as a captain, as his astute leadership guided his previous IPL side, the Delhi Capitals, to consecutive playoff appearances from 2019-20. Down the order, KKR has Sheldon Jackson, a talented wicket-keeper batsman who has proven himself in the domestic circuit, followed by Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, two of the best all-rounders to have played in the shortest format, who have proven their match-winning abilities for the franchise on numerous occasions.

The Men in Purple and Gold are then assigned to a speed trio consisting of Umesh Yadav, a former Knight Rider, Shivam Mavi, and Pat Cummins, all of whom are good at tackling the opposition with pace and variety. Last but not least, a mystery spinner of the quality of Varun Chakrathy, who has taken 35 wickets with an economy rate of sub 7.00 since IPL 2020. He’s someone on whom the squad will be relying on to turn the game in KKR’s favour.

Full squad for KKR 2022:

Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Ajinkya Rahane, Sheldon Jackson, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan, Rinku Singh