Both did not perform well in IPL 2020.
It is speculated that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would like to take some hard calls ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). KKR has failed to make it to the second leg of the marquee tournament in the past two seasons as it finished in fifth place in 2019 and 2020. Thus, KKR is likely to release some big names from the team by the January 21 deadline. to improve the performance of their team.
Two big names whose long association with the Knight Riders may come to an end are Dinesh Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav. As the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) has postponed the decision to add two new teams to IPL 2022, a mini-auction will be held for IPL 2021 and the stock market limit for franchises has not been increased by INR 85 crore .
At present, the remaining money balance with KKR is 8.5 crore INR. So the exit of Dinesh and Kuldeep can increase their balance to a whopping INR 21.7 crore, which will help them build a strong squad for the T20 Championship. KKR chose Karthik for 7.4 cr while Kuldeep Yadav earned 5.8 cr.
KKR unsure of retaining Pat Cummins
Also, having Kuldeep and Dinesh doesn’t add much value to KKR as Karthik has failed to score points in recent years while Kuldeep barely had any chances in the 2020 IPL Game XI. Former Indian stumper had also lost his captain post due to England’s white ball captain Eoin Morgan in the middle of the tournament.
“KKR already has Tom Banton, the talented Nikhil Naik as guarding options on the team. The team can continue with them and will abandon other options, ”said one of the sources close to the management of the KKR team as quoted by Inside Sport. “Kuldeep Yadav is also in danger of losing his place,” the source added.
KKR is also not sure to keep the feeling of Aussie rhythm Pat Cummins. The fast bowling ace was the highest-paid foreigner in IPL 2020 and was signed for 15.5 cr by KKR. During IPL 2020, the designer had not justified his paycheck and appeared to be a disappointment for the franchise.
Also, the management is confused about the contracts of André Russell and Sunil Narine because the two players had flattened during the previous edition of the league.