IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in season fourteen of the Indian Premier League (IPL) experienced a roller coaster ride. The franchise in phase one in India managed to secure mere two wins in seven matches as the team hung on the final spot in the points table while in the second leg, things turn around dramatically for them. KKR managed to win the playoff spot and even went on to play the final against CSK.
The turnaround they made is only seen one in several years. Though it can be said that it was a complete team effort to lead the team to IPL 2021 final, however, there were a few players who played exceedingly well to overcome the loopholes of the team.
The major difference came after Vantekesh Iyer was introduced into the opening slot along with Shubman Gill. Both the KKR openers provided a solid start, covering up almost every issue they head in phase one in India. Besides these two, Rahul Tripathi, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy were the prominent players who performed consistently.
However, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan’s form was lost and never returned back during the entire IPL 2021. Morgan failed to score runs for his team, even in crunch situations. He came under fans scrutiny after he regained his form while playing for his national side, England.
KKR would surely address the captaincy issue before they head to the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. The two times IPL champions, most probably, will look for another player who can provide his services as the leader of the side.
Morgan, owing to his past IPL records, is highly unlikely to get retained by KKR. Though he is a destructive player when it comes to T20 cricket, however, his bat has struggled to express itself.
This very article will lead you through the top 3 Players who can possibly become Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain in IPL 2022 and ahead.
Players who can possibly become Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain in IPL 2022:
The Australian dashing cricketer had a forgettable time in the entire Vivo IPL 2021. Not only his captaincy was snatched, but he also failed to make his place even in the playing11. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has already cleared its intention to free up Warner from the coming IPL season.
Kolkata might approach the Aussie dashing cricketer. With several years of international experience, Warner is a hard rock when it comes to his batting prowesses. He is simply unbelievable and his records in the IPL defends that.
Moreover, he has also been the captain in the IPL for SRH and took the side to its only IPL title win in 2016. Warner will be a most sought player ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, with almost every franchise running after him.
It will be really hard to fetch Warner from the auction, but still, KKR would love to make it a try. If KKR acquires him, the franchise will most likely make him the skipper of the side.
The Kolkata based IPL franchise can also play a gamble by asking young Shubman Gill to take over the captaincy from Captain Morgan. Gill has been fantastic for KKR over the years with his batting skills. He has played several match-winning knocks and was consistent in the IPL 2021.
The idea behind making Gill, the skipper of the side, is to solve the captaincy issue for years to come. Shubman is young and can provide his services for several years to come.
KKR might opt for this option and construct a team that revolves around Shubman Gill. Delhi Capitals (DC) did it back in 2018 with Shreyas Iyer which was the masterstroke in changing Delhi’s fate in the IPL.
Shreyas Iyer has been one of the most exciting batting talents, India has ever found. The Mumbai batsman has, over the years, taken the right steps to cement his position in India’s limited over squad as a reliable middle-order batsman and has been extremely successful in it.
Back in 2018, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) played a masterstroke by appointing Iyer as the young leader of the side, and fortunes have changed since then for both the franchise and the skipper. Iyer led DC to its maiden IPL final in 2020.
However, an unfortunate injury forced the franchise to give leadership to young Rishabh Pant. The Indian stumper batsman did fantastic work for the team and is likely to be awarded a full-time captaincy role.
Surely, Iyer is not happy with that. He is looking to lead the side on which he experienced success. If the recent reports are to be believed, Iyer is seeking better opportunities, especially the leadership roles from the teams.
KKR in that case can bid for him and acquire him in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Iyer is a fantastic middle-order batsman and can solve KKR’s middle-order debacle concern as well.