The environment is what makes cricket one of the best and enjoyed sport in the world. It is the Indian T20 League that provides the environment and faith which binds the entire cricket fraternity as one. The Indian T20 League Auction is just a day away from letting us know the top priority and selections of players by 8 respective franchises. Yes! 19th December is the D-day.
Auction is not just about selling and buying players from one another. But it is altogether a mind game that follows the decisions made by each franchise. The owners of the teams will have different strategies and approaches towards building a well-balanced team that will lead them to victory. We will talk about the strategies Kolkata can seek in the auction to create one of the best team among the all.
2019 Performance Preview
Kolkata is a team of experienced and enthusiastic players that knows the playing tactics and with that, have won 2 Indian T20 League titles in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Dinesh Karthik led the Kolkata team in 2019 and they ended 5th in the table. They only managed to win six out of 14 matches.
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Kolkata saw a huge number of changes in their player list and released 10 players from the squad.
The released players are Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Srikant Munde, Yarra Prithviraj, Anrich Nortje.
Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi
Area of concern
Kolkata has released some of its star players, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Piyush Chawla before the auction. The decision to release such players is to increase the pocket size of their team and their pockets have expanded to a whopping tally of 35.64 CRS. There are certain gaps that need to be filled and Kolkata has to invest their pockets in the best possible manner.
- The bowling side of Kolkata has been a major concern for the team and the management should look for some good backup spin bowlers.
- The team also lacks a good finisher other than Andre Russell
- Shortfall of All-Rounders
1. Overseas Players
Kesrick Williams, Andrew Tye, Hayden Walsh, James Neesham
2. Indian Players
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Deepak Hooda, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore