Kolkata Knight Riders were the runners-up of IPL 2021, losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final by 27 runs. It was a tough road to the playoffs however, but they came back strongly after winning only two of their first seven games. They managed to oust Mumbai from the fourth playoff spot with their higher net run-rate. Kolkata have retained 4 players for 39 crores, leaving them with 51 crores ahead of the auction. They purchased a total of 20 players, and were left with 3.6 crores remaining after the auction.
Full List of Kolkata Knight Riders Players, Salaries in IPL 2022
|Full name||Price (Rs cr)||Country||Specialism||Capped/Uncapped|
|Andre Russell||12||West Indies||All-rounder||Capped|
|Sunil Narine||6||West Indies||All-rounder|
|Tim Southee||1.5||New Zealand||Bowler||Capped|
|Chamika Karunaratne||0.5||Sri Lanka||All-rounder||Capped|
Retained KKR Players: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine
New captain Shreyas Iyer was the top auction pick and highest earning player in the squad as 12.25 crores. West Indies all-rounders Russell and Narine were retained by KKR for 8 crores and 6 crores apiece. Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer, two revelations from 2021 were also retained for 8 crores each. KKR also spent heavily on Nitish Rana (8 crores) and young pacer Shivam Mavi (7.25 crores).
Overseas Players: Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne
Aside from the retained West Indies players, KKR bagged Australian Pat Cummins for 7.25 crores. Sam Billings was purchased for 2 crores, while Alex Hales, who eventually dropped out of the tournament, got 1.5 crores. They also picked Kiwi bowler Tim Southee (1.5 crores) and Aghan all-rounder Nabi for 1 crore.
Uncapped Indian Players: Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Rinku Singh, Ashok Sharma, Abhijeet Tomar, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Aman Khan, Ramesh Kumar, Pratham Singh
Rinku Singh and Ashok Sharma were picked at 0.55 crores each, while wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson bagged 0.6 crores. At their base price of 20 lakhs, KKR picked uncapped Indian players Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Aman Khan, Ramesh Kumar, Pratham Singh.