IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir questions KKR’s tactics, ‘why did they retain Kuldeep Yadav’

IPL 2021 – Gautam Gambhir on Kolkata Knight Riders: Former India batsman and two-time IPL winning Kolkata Knight Riders is completely baffled by franchise’s strategy to retain few players. Gambhir has expressed surprise that the franchise has decided to retain left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep only played in 5 out of 14 games for KKR in the 2020 season, despite Sunil Narine missing a few games.

“I am a little surprised about Kuldeep Yadav being retained because he did not get the opportunities. I would have wanted to see Kuldeep Yadav go to a franchise where he gets an opportunity to play,” the former left-handed batsman said.

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Speaking on Star Sports, Gambhir said that KKR should have allowed Kuldeep to go elsewhere in case he is not in their plans for the future.
‘He should be given opportunity to go somewhere else
“Because if you are playing for India and not part of your franchise’s playing XI, it somewhere or the other be harmful to your career.”

KKR also retained Varun Chakravarthy and Narine in the team, and in that case, it seems Kuldeep may find it hard to make it into the team in the 2021 season.

“Now that you have retained him, they should play him. Otherwise, I feel Kuldeep Yadav should have himself said that if he is not in their scheme of things, he should be given an opportunity to go and play somewhere else,” he added.

“If Kuldeep Yadav had come into the auction, a lot of franchises would have gone for him,” he signed off.

IPL 2021: Kuldeep Yadav retained for 5.8 Cr, where he stands in IPL MoneyBall Salary Rankings?
KKR has renewed Kuldeep’s contract at 5.8 Cr. With this the young Indian spinner will cross 25 Cr IPL career earning mark. Kuldeep is currently at 92nd number in IPL Salary Rankings and with the new contracts should enter Top80 all time highest IPL salary earner list. 
Year Team Salary
2020   (Retain) icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 58,000,000
2019   (Retain) icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 58,000,000
2018  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 58,000,000
2017  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 4,000,000
2016  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 4,000,000
2015  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 4,000,000
2014  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 4,000,000
2012  icon1Mumbai Indians ₹ 1,000,000
Total ₹ 191,000,000