KKR Probable Playing XI IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders squad composition, new players, top picks in auction

KKR IPL 2023: Here is the best starting XI for Kolkata Knight Riders after it made a few smart buys at the IPL 2023 auction in Kochi on Friday.

Shreyas Iyer captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders hits over the top for six during match 30 of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on the 18th April 2022 Photo by Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders had the smallest purse remaining ahead of the IPL 2023 auction but managed to make a few clever buys with the resources it had at its disposal. They include Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper N. Jagadeesan, who had a record-breaking Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign. It also picked handy all-rounders in Shakib Al Hasan and David Wiese at base price. The two-time champion has invested heavily in all-rounders but might find itself a little light in the batting department come the next season.

Shakib AL Hasan KKR and Bangladesh national team player

KKR PROBABLE PLAYING XI: N. Jagadeesan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson.

KKR IPL 2023 SQUAD COMPOSITION

Wicketkeepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (AFG), N. Jagadeesan, Litton Das (BAN).

Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Mandeep Singh.

All-rounders: Venkatesh Iyer, Anukul Roy, Andre Russel (WI), Shardul Thakur, Shakib Al Hasan (BAN), David Wiese (NAM).

Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson (NZ), Harshit Rana, Sunil Narine (WI), Tim Southee (NZ), Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav, Suyash Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, Kulwant Khejroliya.

(Names in bold indicate players bought at IPL 2023 Auction)

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