3 Gujarat Titans (GT) Players That Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Can Target In IPL 2023

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2022

Gujarat Titans beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the only game that they played against each other in IPL 2022. As it turned out, Gujarat went on to win their maiden IPL title in their very first season, KKR, meanwhile, finished seventh on the points table under Shreyas Iyer.

KKR’s slump in 2022 after reaching the finals in IPL 2021 came as a surprise to many. They had the side to go all the way but they never found the combination amongst their players. The side made as many as 21 changes but still, players like Mohammad Nabi and Chamika Karunaratne did not find a place in the XI.

Kolkata Knight Riders, KKR, IPL 2022, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Source: Instagram

The selections of players were hugely debated and criticised as KKR’s season was a classic case of players not playing to their potential. The IPL 2023 auction will be held in February 2023 and KKR have a chance to pick some of the world’s best players by releasing some of their former players. In this article, we pick three Gujarat Titans players KKR can pick ahead of IPL 2023.

3 Gujarat Titans (GT) Players That Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Can Target In IPL 2023

Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo: IPL)
Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo: IPL)

The veteran Bengal wicketkeeper can come back to KKR if the franchise is interested in roping him in. Saha batted with intent inside the powerplay for Gujarat and scored over 300 runs in the season. He can be similarly useful as an opener for KKR and also solve their search for an Indian keeper-batsman.

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3 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Players That Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Can Target In IPL 2023

Shreyas Iyer and Sam Billings

Kolkata Knight Riders reached the final of IPL 2021 and had a very ordinary season in 2022. The side finished seventh on the points table under their new skipper Shreyas Iyer who was bagged by the franchise for 12.25 crores.

KKR never found a proper playing combination and made as many as 21 changes throughout the season, the most by any franchise. The number of changes highlighted the inability of the management to find a perper playing combination. Ideally, they would need a top-order wicketkeeper-batter, an Indian middle-order batter and an Indian or overseas spinner to cover up all the possible loopholes.

Shreyas Iyer And Brendon McCullum. Photo- Twitter
Shreyas Iyer And Brendon McCullum. Photo- Twitter

Heading into IPL 2023, they need to release a lot of their players to buy some new ones who would fit the combination and requirement. Several reputed international T20 cricketers were benched throughout the season by the Knight Riders which brought them a lot of criticism. In this article, we take a look at three RCB players KKR can target in IPL 2023.

3 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Players That Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Can Target In IPL 2023

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik. PHoto- IPL
Dinesh Karthik. PHoto- IPL

Karthi played forKKR from 2018 to 202. However, he was not at his best for the franchise. Having moved to RCB and being entrusted the role of finisher, the veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman flourished for his new franchise. KKR should ideally target to get DK back in if there is even a slight opportunity of doing so. In Karthik, KKR can get a good keeper and also an experienced middle-order batter.

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3 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

CSK

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK) both had indifferent seasons in IPL 2022. Both performed well below par and now are on the lookout to sort out their team composition ahead of IPL 2023.

KKR ended the season seventh on the points table in their first year under Shreyas Iyer’s leadership. CSK finished nine with 8 points from 14 games. Mumbai with 10 losses bagged the bottom spot. IPL 2023 will be played between April-May next year. Before the season gets underway, a mini-auction will be held is scheduled to take place in February 2023.

It will give teams an opportunity to release the unused players and buy players who can make their team strong for the season. In this article, we take a look at three KKR players CSK can target in IPL 2023.

Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer. PHoto- IPL
Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer. Photo- IPL

3 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer (Image: Twitter)

After the southpaw’s below-par performance in IPL 2022, it is highly unlikely that KKR would retain Venkatesh Iyer. He was the find for KKR in IPL 2021 and played a key role in taking them to the final. However, he looked a show of his usual self and did not perform to the best of his ability. If Iyer is released, this gives CSK an opportunity to bag a top-order batter who can also bowl a few overs.

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