IPL 2022: ‘It was disappointing to lose Shubman Gill’ says KKR coach Brendon McCullum;

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IPL 2022: ‘It was disappointing to lose Shubman Gill’ says KKR coach Brendon McCullum;

IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief coach Brendon McCullum has admitted that losing youthful and talented opener Shubman Gill was frustrating for the team.

Gill appeared in 58 IPL matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders before the two-time champions decided not to keep him. Ahmedabad, the new IPL team, selected him as their third draught pick for Rs 8 crore.

In a live session for KKR, McCullum said, “You need to plan as you’re going to lose a lot of players. It was disappointing to lose Shubman Gill. But that’s the way life is sometimes and we will be well prepared for the upcoming auction.”

The KKR have spent Rs 42 crore to retain four players, including two overseas cricketers, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, ahead of the major auction. The club has also kept all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer and spinner Varun Chakravarthy.

“Sunil Narine and Andre Russell have been proven campaigners for a decade. We have all seen what Varun Chakravarthy is capable of in the last two seasons. Venkatesh Iyer was probably the story of the second half of IPL 2021,” said McCullum.

“Certainly not easy to find a backup for someone like Andre Russell and that’s why he is such an important re-signing. When he is at his best, he is effectively two world-class players in one. It’s really challenging to find a backup for these players. That will be the topic of our conversation. If Dre Russ is out due to injury, you could need two players, a batter and a bowler, and try to balance things out accordingly,” added the KKR coach.

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