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IPL 2020: 3 overseas players Kolkata Knight Riders could target at the auction

Meit Sampat
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:47 IST

KKR won the IPL Trophy in the years 2012 and 2014
KKR won the IPL Trophy in the years 2012 and 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had mixed fortunes in the history of the IPL. After failing to get past the group stage in the first three editions, KKR managed to finish fourth in the 2011 season. 2012 then saw them winning their maiden title, and they repeated the feat in the year 2014.

Post 2014 the team made it to the playoffs in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, but they couldn't make it to the finals. The year 2019 was not a very successful one for the KKR outfit as they ended in fifth position on the points table.

The team management will look to get in some new faces for the 2020 season and the Dinesh Karthik-led side look to clinch their third IPL trophy. On that note, here is a look at three players KKR may look to target in the 2020 auction:

#1 Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes

English all-rounder Chris Woakes played for KKR in the 2017 season of the IPL and tasted plenty of success. In 13 games, he picked up 17 wickets at an impressive average of 22.70.

Woakes was a hot property in the 2018 IPL auction and was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping sum of Rs. 7. 4 crore. But Woakes played just 5 games in 2018, picking up 8 wickets.

Woakes averages 23.04 in his IPL career, which is good enough for KKR to consider getting him back. Woakes is a handy batsman lower down the order too, and a safe fielder.

KKR might look to release Carlos Brathwaite, who played just 2 games in the 2019 season. Woakes can be a perfect replacement as an all-rounder, and having played for KKR before will help his cause.

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