Kolkata Knight Riders entered the auction with a bang and they won the signature of Mitchell Starc for 9.4 Cr. KXIP were also involved in bidding but KKR outlasted them and won the signature for the star Australian pacer, who last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2017, Starc parted ways with Royal Challengers Bangalore in order to focus on International cricket.
Kolkata Knight Riders got back their star player Chris Lynn as they saw off the challenge from Delhi Daredevils and also Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR bought Lynn for 9.6 crore.
Dinesh Karthik once again raked in the moolah in the auction as this time he was sold for a massive amount of Rs 7.4 Cr to Kolkata Knight Riders.
After an intense bidding war between Mumbai and Rajasthan, Robin Uthappa was sold to the defending champion after they out bid the first time champions. Mumbai thought they had landed Uthappa for Rs 6.4 Cr but Kolkata Knight Riders jumped in the last minute and used the RTM card to poach him.
CSK thought they had bought Chawla for 4.2 cr. But at the last minute, KKR come forward to retain the player and Chawla will once again play for Kolkata.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the race to sign Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for Rs 5.80 Crore, however again Knight Riders used their RTM card. Kolkata have retained the core of their squad and this is another successful addition. Ishank Jaggi also went to KKR for 20 lakh.
KKR have also bought U-19 stars Kamlesh Nagarkotti (3.2 crore) and Shubman Gill (1.8 crore).
Nitish Rana (3.4 crore) and Ankit Rajpoot (3 crore) were the other players bought by the Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Retained Players - Andre Russell and Sunil Narine
The Indian Premier League mega auction for the season 2018 is on at Bengalure and it will be fascinating to see how each of the teams finally shape up. We here at Cricketnext will tell you what is happening with your favourite teams as the franchise owners slug it out with big bucks in their pocket to get the best team combination. Here is what two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders are up to
KKR get their sixth overall player and buy Mitchell Johnson for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
20-year-old Rinku Singh goes for 80 Lakh to KKR. Now KKR has got a good pool of batsmen now. In the bid was Mumbai too, but they backout.
Shivam Mavi, another U-19 player who is appearing in the World Cup right now. There seems to be a huge demand for these players. Mavi is an all-rounder who bowls medium fast, and is a handy batsman. He is sold for 3 Cr to KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagar, Shivam Mavi, Javon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell Starc, Cameron Delport, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell