5 players KKR will target for IPL 2019 auction

IPL 2019 auction is only two days to go as I write this blog. You may be excited as hell to watch the auction.

KKR performed decently in the IPL 2018 as they secured 3rd position. They were lucky that none of their players got injured in midway.

This time around they have released several fast bowling options including Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Vinay Kumar. They have 4 overseas quota to fill and they are most likely to bid for overseas pacer and some backup batsmen.

Let’s look at the 5 players which KKR are likely to buy in IPL 2019 auction:

1) Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn could be a dark horse to attract huge bids considering his recent form and many teams could be eyeing for this speedster from South Africa. A rejuvenated Steyn is deadly dangerous for the opposition batsman.
With years of experience in the league, Dale Steyn will be a perfect addition for teams looking for a good bowler and a leader of the pace attack but more so for the KKR at this juncture.

2) Jaydev Unadkat

Jaydev Unadkat was relatively an unknown player when he played for the KKR from 2010-2012. But he has become one of the sought out death bowlers in the IPL particularly after an outstanding season that he had with the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 where he ended up taking 24 wickets in 12 games.

After a lacklustre outing last season, one in which he was bought for Rs 11.5 crores by the Rajasthan Royals, the franchise released him ahead of this season. This year too, Unadkat has set a base price of Rs 1.5 crores which is the highest among Indians and could start another bidding this time.

Given his abilities to hit the deck hard and bowl consistently at the desired length, he might just be the perfect pick for KKR who don’t have an experienced Indian pacer in their ranks.

3) Sam Curran

Sam Curran has drawn a lot of interest among the IPL franchises with his outstanding performances at the highest level over the past couple of months. He has all the attributes to be a great all-rounder for any side in any given format.

Curran has enjoyed a sensational debut year in international cricket, starring as Player of the Series during England’s 4-1 Test series win over India during the home summer, while also impressing in the 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka. This is his first time entering the IPL auction.

He has even drawn appreciation from Virat Kohli and the RCB too would be interested in buying him. And KKR will also benefit from having Sam in their ranks in the upcoming season as they are in need of all-rounder to provide an able support to Andre Russell who has now become more injury prone.

4) Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes is another player who could do well if he returns to KKR.

The 29-year-old bowler is an important cog in England’s current white-ball domination. Woakes is a valuable asset in both the powerplay overs and the death overs. He is a more than capable batsman at the end and can win matches with his late assaults. Although he has played only 13 IPL matches, the all-rounder holds an experience of 111 T20 games overall.

This year, Chris Woakes played only five matches for his new franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. He grabbed eight wickets in these matches. RCB failed to utilize him effectively and have decided to release him for this season. This provides KKR with a perfect opportunity to buy back the bowler who led their attack in 2017.

It was with KKR that Woakes made his IPL debut. In 13 matches, he sizzled with 17 wickets and was one of the chief destroyers when KKR annihilated RCB for only 49 runs at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders lack a quality overseas fast bowler and the return of Woakes will be the perfect script for 2019.

5) Oshane Thomas

In the past, West Indies was one of the fearsome bowling sides in the world. However, in the current era, they are a struggling bunch, of course, one of the weakest teams, particularly in the longer version of the game. Meanwhile, in their recent tour to India, they unveiled a new pace sensation in Oshane Thomas. The right-arm fast bowler can deliver the leather at an alarming pace which troubled most Indian batsmen.

Thomas could also be an eye-catcher for franchises in the auction while KKR might want his services the most. The team right now doesn’t have any overseas fast-bowler and his insertion would do the job for them. The 21-year-old, on the other hand, can take IPL as a great learning experience.

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