Kolkata Knight Riders started well in IPL 2022 but later lost their way. It was expected considering the gaps in the squad. With a new coach at the helm, the franchise would look to start afresh. They will have to be active in the trade window to improve their squad ahead of the next season. Here, we take a look at three players KKR can target for the next IPL season in IPL 2023 trading window.
1) Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen is one of the three players KKR can target for the next IPL season in the IPL 2023 trading window. Rajasthan Royals may not part ways with him but KKR should look to hire the South African. The franchise lacks a player in the top-order who can play pace well. Rassie is excellent against pace and would be a fine investment for the franchise.
KKR could even tinker with the idea of opening the batting with Rassie van der Dussen. He would be able to play his shots and also has the ability to play a long inning. With power-hitters such as Andre Russell in the squad, Rassie in the XI would be massive.
2) Chetan Sakariya can be targeted by KKR in IPL 2023 Trading Window
IPL 2023 Auction and Trade update (Reported by Cricbuzz):
– IPL 2023 to start in March ending.
– Auction set to be held in mid December.
– CSK denied DC for the trade of Jadeja.
– Gujarat Titans denied trades of Sai Kishore and Tewatia.
– Purse increased to 95cr.
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Barring Umesh Yadav, the domestic pace talent of KKR did not step up in IPL 2022. Even Umesh Yadav has the habit of becoming inconsistent. Also, some variety in the pace department would benefit the unit.
One player whom they can target is Chetan Sakariya. The Saurashtra pacer is in need of opportunities and KKR might be a good destination for him. In him, the franchise can have a player who can bowl in the powerplay and can also do good at the death with some variations.
3) Prabhsimran Singh
KKR needs some fearlessness at the top of the order. They also need a wicketkeeper so that they can have a better option than Sam Billings in the lower order. Punjab Kings’ Prabhsimran is a good option.
With Jonny Bairstow and Jitesh Sharma in the squad, the youngster might not get too many chances. As seen in domestic events, Prabhsimran can be dangerous. With a good partner for him, the Punjab cricketer can be a wise option as an opener.