When the Kolkata Knight Riders got into the TATA IPL 2022 Auction, they were clear they wanted to have someone to lead their side. Come Auction day, the franchise went all out to attain the services of India batter Shreyas Iyer for a whopping sum of INR 12.25 Crore. It was their highest bid in the Auction and soon enough he was named captain of the side. A proven performer for his previous IPL franchise and the Indian national team, Shreyas Iyer would be looking to make a mark as captain in purple and gold. A young batter, a young captain leading a young team – KKR would be having their hopes pinned down on Shreyas to lead the franchise to a title victory who had ended up as runners-up in the 2021 season.
A 22-year old opening batsman who hails from Pune, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a consistent performer for his state team Maharashtra. He was the highest run-getter for Maharashtra in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19. At the IPL 2019 Player Auction, the Chennai Super Kings secured his services at his base price of INR 20 lacs.