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IPL 2024: Complete list of Kolkata Knight Riders Retained & Released Players

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction, Kolkata Knight Riders have taken some bold decisions and released Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee, and Locky Ferguson among others. Ever since the two-time champions appointed Gautam Gambhir as their mentor for the upcoming season, a turnaround in the team’s progress was expected.

Gambhir helped Kolkata to the titles in 2012 and 2014 and excelled during his tenure as Lucknow Super Giants mentor. He now has a tough task on his hands as KKR looks to rebuild their squad to compete at an elite level again.

Meanwhile, KKR has a strong core Indian squad, which will play a big role in their success in IPL 2024. Shreyas Iyer will return as team leader, while Rinku Singh will have more responsibility, after his recent heroics. Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer will complete the middle order, which looks fully assembled now.

They need some better pacers in the auction. After releasing the likes of Ferguson and Tim Southee, they have the money to invest in the pacers as that is the one area KKR lacks at the moment. They have top-quality spinners in the form of Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma, and Varun Chakraborty and, pacers are the ones missing out.

Notably, the IPL auction will be held on November 19 in Dubai.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Retained Players 2024:

PlayerRole
Shreyas IyerBatter
Nitish RanaAll-rounder
Rinku SinghBatter
Venkatesh IyerAll-rounder
Sunil NarineAll-rounder
Varun ChakravarthyBowler
Suyash SharmaBowler
Andre RussellAll-rounder
Jason RoyBatter
Anukul RoySpinner
Vaibhav AroraBowler
Rahmanullah GurbazWicket-keeper batter
Harshit RanaBowler

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Released Players 2024:

PlayerRole
Tim SoutheeBowler
Lockie FergusonBowler
Litton DasWicket-keeper batter
Kulwant KhejroliyaBowler
Shakib Al HasanAll-rounder
Umesh YadavBowler
Mandeep SinghBatter
Narayan JagadeesanWicket-keeper batter
David WeiseAll-rounder
Johnson CharlesWicket-keeper batter
Aarya DesaiBowler
Shardul ThakurAll-rounder

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