The IPL auction 2024 took place on December 19 (Tuesday) in Dubai. It saw some record-breaking signings. The two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders stunned everyone when they went after Australian ace pacer Mitchell Starc and went on to spend INR 24.75 crore on him, making him the costliest IPL player ever. KKR went into the auction with an amount of INR 32.7 crore.

They spent almost all the money on Starc but still ended up signing some good players. KKR bought Gus Atkinson (1 crore), Manish Pandey (50 lakh), Mujeeb ur Rahman (2 crore), Sherfane Rutherford (1.5 crore), and some other uncapped stars. They signed all these players at their base price under the mentorship of Gautam Gambhir, which has certainly given KKR an option to explore in their playing XI for the IPL 2024.

Strongest Playing XI for KKR after the IPL 2024 auction

KKR retained most of their core players ahead of the auction and bought some players that could give the side more options. Afghan star opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the first choice opener. Gurbaz has been in the form of his life and will look to carry his form into the IPL. Venkatesh Iyer will be the other opener on the team.

The return of skipper Shreyas Iyer will surely be a confidence booster for the batting unit. He will bat at No. 3, followed by Nitish Rana, who led the team last season. Star batter Rinku Singh has achieved a lot since the last season. He will be batting at No. 5. Big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell will be the finisher, along with Ramandeep Singh.

Spin all-rounder Sunil Narine will be batting at No. 8. This batting unit is one of the strongest, with a number of power-hitters. Mitchell Starc will be the leading pacer, along with Harshit Rana. Varun Chakaravarthy will be another spinner in the team, while Suyash Sharma can be the perfect impact player.

KKR’s Best Predicted XI after IPL 2024 Auction

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Sunil Narine, Harshit Rana, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakaravarthy.

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