The 16th edition of IPL is halfway through, with Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Super Giants enjoying the best run in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders are having a dreadful season, as both franchises have registered six defeats so far, the most by any team. While Delhi continues to be a strong team on paper, fans have bashed the KKR management for making big mistakes at the auction table, which has resulted in an underwhelming season for the Nitish Rana-led side.
Notably, in 2022, KKR let go of Shubman Gill, who has emerged as one of the best young batters in world cricket. Besides Gill, there have been several other stars that the two-time winners did not bother to retain.
Reacting to the fans’ backlash, KKR CEO Venky Mysore, who is the main guy at the auction table, issued a bold statement and remarked that he does not regret losing out players like Shubman Gill, who have gone on to star for other franchises. Mysore instead blamed the IPL rules for not being able to keep Gill in the team.
“We have no regrets about losing players like Gill. We feel happy seeing players do well at the other franchises. It is difficult to lose players like Gill. There were limitations to retain Shubman. The IPL only allows you to keep four players, and unfortunately, Gill was out of the top four list for us back then.”
Notably, KKR retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, and Sunil Narine ahead of IPL 2022 auctions.