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Kolkata Knight Riders doesn't have squad depth, says Gautam Gambhir

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 December 2019, 15:28 IST
Gautam Gambhir

Former Indian cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir has criticised his former IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders for selection of players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

According to the 38-year-old, the squad picked by KKR dosen’t have back up option in case of any in injuries. KKR splashed out a whopping amount of Rs 15.5 crore for Pat Cummins, making him the most expensive overseas player ever in IPL history.

KKR also got hold of England’s World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan for a hefty price of Rs 5.25 crore.

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"The positive part about Pat Cummins is that you can expect him to take wickets with the new ball because he has a good swing and he bowls at good pace, he might be a concern for the death overs but he has good bowling skills and he has been with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 and has improved a lot since then," Gambhir said while speaking at Star Sports' Cricket Live show.

"I hope he plays all the matches and makes the team win 3-4 matches single-handedly because he has been bought for such a high amount," he added.

"But if you look at the squad as a whole, there is no backup for Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine who is a one of a kind bowler. If Eoin Morgan suffers an injury, the team has no middle order overseas batsman.

According to Gambhir, KKR could have bought Mitchell March or Marcus Stoinis to give depth to their squad.

"The management could have gone for a Mitchell Marsh or Marcus Stoinis who would have given more depth to the squad, so you have to hope all these players are there for the entire series," said Gambhir.

"If Pat Cummins suffers an injury, there is a replacement with Lockie Ferguson but with the top order there is no replacement for Kolkata Knight Riders," he added.

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First published: 20 December 2019, 15:28 IST