One of the top teams in the Indian Premier League is the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). They have won two trophies, and many well-known cricketers have played for them.
The auction dynamics forced them to release a few good cricketers, despite the fact that they have generally been careful about retaining and releasing talent. Some of them have captained other teams and attained success.
- Angelo Mathews
Prior to the 2009 IPL, KKR signed the Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, but he was only able to play in one game that year, scoring only 16 runs and failing to take a single wicket. Later, Angelo Mathews was bought by Pune Warriors and served as their captain for five games. Unfortunately, Angelo failed to make an impact as a captain. He has additionally played for the Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils).
- Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals, was one of the tournament’s best young players, averaging around 25 runs per game. Samson played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2012 IPL, but few people recall this. Sadly, the franchise was unable to give him game time, so they later gave him up for auction. He made his Rajasthan Royals debut official during the ensuing season.
- David Hussey
Former Australian all-rounder David Hussey played for KKR in the first 3 seasons. During his time with KKR, Hussey made headlines for his incredible catch. In 23 games, he scored 511 runs for the team. Punjab bought him after he was released and appointed him captain. Later, CSK purchased him.
- Ricky Ponting
Ponting was a member of the KKR team in 2008. He only appeared in four games and only managed to score 39 runs. He soon lost his spot in the starting lineup and was released from the team. Five years later, Ponting returned to the IPL as a player for the Mumbai Indians. He was chosen as the captain but he could not inspire the team as a leader and immediately stepped down. Rohit Sharma then took over as captain and helped Mumbai Indians win their first IPL championship.
- Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey was a key player for the KKR for a few seasons. He was instrumental with the bat and lively on the field. In the 2018 IPL auctions, he was released by KKR and was signed by SRH. Manish was given the leadership duties by SRH because Kane Williamson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were injured and David Warner had been dropped. Manish played fairly well with the bat, but ultimately his team was defeated.