IPL 2022 Auction: Brendon McCullum says “They make a list of uncommon skillsets”

IPL 2022 Auction: Brendon McCullum discussed their future plans ahead of the Indian Premier League’s Mega Auction in 2022. According to McCullum, they have four players with unique skill sets. Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, and Venkatesh Iyer were also retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

“I think the four guys that we have – Narine, Russell, Chakravarthy, and Venkatesh Iyer – in them we have four skill-sets that are not easily available in any kind of auction situation. The guys tick off some skill-sets that are rare and I feel very lucky to have been able to secure those guys,” Brendon McCullum said.

Furthermore, McCullum talked about another good aspect of the retentions. He said they have picked two players who had been with Knight Riders for a long period of time. Also, with two more who are promising talents.

“Another good aspect is that two of them have been at KKR for a long period of time and then you’ve got both Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer who have been here a couple of years and are obviously really developing and emerging talents. We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in,” McCullum said.

IPL 2022 Auction: However, KKR CEO Venky Mysore expressed his delight at the retentions. They formed “a really good nucleus” for the franchise, he noted. Andre Russell, KKR’s first retention, was bought for Rs 12 crore. He also mentioned how the franchise has continued to believe in him.

“Over the last eight seasons, I’ve been a Knight Riders player and it’s actually amazing that these guys continue to show me their love,” Brendon McCullum said.

IPL 2022 Auction: Brendon McCullum says "They make a list of uncommon skillsets"

Varun Chakravarthy

Lastly, Varun Chakravarthy‘s contract was also extended for another eight years at a cost of Rs eight crore. Chakravarthy also expressed his excitement at the thought of staying with KKR. Next season, he also stated a wish to play in front of a home crowd.

IPL 2022 Auction: “I’m really excited to be a part of KKR because this time I hope we will get to play in front of the Indian crowd at the Eden Gardens with the fans fully supporting and shouting for us and I hope I’ll be able to make them proud,” Chakravarthy said.

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