Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra reckons that Kolkata Knight Riders should not retain too many players ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be played between March-May next year.

Chopra also urged the two-time champions to name young batsman Shubman Gill as captain. He also added that KKR should retain all-rounder Andre Russell, and spinner Varun Chakravarthy for the upcoming season.

“In my opinion, the Kolkata Knight Riders should not retain too many players (IPL 2021). I will take only three names – Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, and Varun Chakravarthy (who should be retained),” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

“They should retain the three of them and make Shubman Gill captain. I’m thinking ahead, just like the Delhi Capitals did with Shreyas Iyer. So, KKR should groom Gill for a better future,” he added.

“If KKR is seeing any captaincy material in Shubman Gill, then they will not get the chance again. If they let him go to another team, then he might do for that team what Rohit Sharma has done for Mumbai.”

“They’ve to retain Varun Chakravarthy in any case and if they leave Andre Russell, he will be too expensive to buy again, so they should retain him as well. They can release Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins, as a lot of money will get freed up when they release these two players,” he further suggested.

“Eoin Morgan, even if they want to make him captain, which I don’t think is a great idea, will not go for 12-15 crores in the auction. So, I feel they should let him go and buy him back again if they want him,” Chopra signed off.

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