Kolkata Knight Riders were defeated by Chennai Super Kings in the finale of IPL 2021. The team led by Eoin Morgan entered the final game after a phenomenal second leg in the UAE. The team retained Andre Russell ( ₹12 crore), Varun Chakravarthy ( ₹8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer ( ₹8 crore) and Sunil Narine ( ₹6 crore) for IPL 2022.
KKR released Shubman Gill, who was one of their top performers. The youngster was signed by Ahmedabad franchise for the 15th season of the league.
KKR head coach Brendon McCullum has now spoken for the first time on the decision to release one of their consistent performers.
“It was disappointing to lose him before the season. However, things are not under your control and you have to make the moves smartly. We are looking forward to mega auction,” said McCullum.
Bought for INR 1.8 crore in IPL 2018, Gill amassed 1,417 runs for the franchise in 58 matches at a strike rate of 123.
The head coach also shed light on the four retained players.
“Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are proven match-winners. Varun Chakravarthy showed his class in the last season while Venkatesh Iyer was the find of second leg for us.”
Kolkata based team released Pat Cummins but Brendon feels he was brilliant for the two-time champions.
“He was a good buy for us. People would say he didn’t perform as expected, I disagree. Pat Cummins was brilliant across disciplines despite not taking a lot of wickets,” said the former New Zealand player.