IPL 2023 KKR
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IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Full Squad, Predicted Playing XI, Coaching Staff And Sponsors List. The Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most talked-about teams in the Indian Premier League. But over the last few years, the Knights could not satisfy their fans with their performance. Even big names like André Russell and Shreyas Iyer could not do much for the Knights. 

KKR were the most active team in the trades as they traded in Shardul Thakur from the Delhi Capitals and Lockie Ferguson alongside Afghan wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurabz from the Gujarat Titans.

KKR entered the IPL 2023 mini-auction with just 7.05 crores in their purse, Riders still managed to walk out of the mini auction with a purse of 1.65 crores after including players like Narayan Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, and Shakib Al Hasan.

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Kolkata Knight Riders Full Squad For IPL 2023

The Knight Riders have retained the majority of their marquee players, including skipper Shreyas Iyer, batsman Venky Iyer, and Nitish Rana, dependable allrounders Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, and new formidable additions Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lockie Ferguson, and Shardul Thakur, as well as a few players from the mini-auction.

KKR squad: Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Narayan Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh and Shakib Al Hasan.

KKR’s Predicted Playing XI For IPL 2023

Top 3 – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Narayan Jagadeesan and Nitish Rana

KKR head coach Pandit has already been giving hints about trying Jagadeesan at the top of the order alongside an attacking Gurbaz. However, we cannot omit the likes of Venky Iyer as an opener.

Nitish has been a great performer for the Knight Riders and is most likely to be the No. 3.

Middle Order- Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine

The middle order is solid, with skipper Iyer at the helm, Rinku, and the big-hitting Russell. KKR would prefer to have Narine in their playing 11, but they have Shakib to replace him, and Shakib can be more useful batting in the middle order than Narine. 

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Lower Order or Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Lockie Fergusson, Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy

Shardul, freshly traded from DC this year, is KKR’s most handy and foreseeing player in the 2023 IPL. Fergusson, acquired from GT, is another replacement for Pat Cummins and another anticipated player for IPL 2023. The other two picks include Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy. 

IPL 2023 KKR Coaching Staff

  • Head coach: Chandrakant Pandit: He was newly appointed as KKR’s head coach post-departure of Brendon McCullum. 
  • Batting Coach/ Assistant coach: James Foster (KKR batting coach alongside being the team assistant coach.)
  • Bowling coach: Bharat Arun 
  • Other coaches: Abhishek Nayar( Assistant coach), David Hussey (Mentor), Omkar Salvi (Assistant Bowling coach), Ryan ten Doeschate (fielding coach) and Chris Donaldson (Strength & Conditioning coach).

Kolkata Knight Riders Sponsors For IPL 2023

  • Principal Partners: Mobile Premier League (MPL), Unacademy 
  • Associate Sponsors: Lux Cozi, TV9 Bharatvarsh, Joy, Jio, ACKO, Wrogn, 1 Finance.
  • Official Partners: Glance, Mcdowells no.1, Munch, LG, Thumbs UP, BKT tires, Buystars, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mio Amore, boAt, Open, Rollick, ib Cricket, Fever FM.