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Kolkata Knight Riders


ABOUT
Kolkata Knight Riders

Full NameKolkata Knight Riders

Nick NameKKR

Founded2008

GroundEden Gardens, Kolkata

Team Owner(s)Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta, Red Chillies Entertainment.

Prominent PlayersAndre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill

SQUAD

PLAYER ROLE STYLE AGE
Nitish Rana Batsman - 27
Andre Russell All-rounder Right Handed 32
Manimaran Siddharth Bowler Left Arm Orthodox 22
Sandeep Warrier Bowler Right Arm Fast Seam 29
Shubman Gill All-rounder Right Handed 21
Kuldeep Yadav Bowler Left Arm Unorthodox 26
Harry Gurney Bowler Left Arm Fast Seam 34
Kamlesh Nagarkoti All-rounder Right Handed 21
Sunil Narine Bowler Right Arm Off Spin 32
Chris Green Bowler Right Arm Off Spin 27
Varun Chakravarthy All-rounder Right Handed 29
Pat Cummins Bowler Right Arm Fast Seam 27
Siddhesh Lad Batsman Right Handed 28
Rinku Singh Batsman - 23
Shivam Mavi All-rounder Right Handed 22
Tom Banton Wicket Keeper Right Handed 22
Rahul Tripathi Batsman Right Handed 29
Dinesh Karthik Wicket Keeper Right Handed 35
Lockie Ferguson Bowler Right Arm Fast Seam 29
Pravin Tambe Bowler Right Arm Leg spin 49
Nikhil Naik Batsman Right Handed 26
Prasidh Krishna Bowler Right Arm Fast Seam 24
Eoin Morgan Middle Order Batsman - 34
ABOUT

Captain - Dinesh Karthik

Vice Captain - Not Announced

Ambassador(s) - Shah Rukh Khan

Jersey - Purple with accents of Gold

Theme Song - Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo

Major Rival(s) - Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians

Logo - A flaming Purple Knight's helmet with gold outline and the team name inscribed.


Table of Contents


  1. KKR Schedule for IPL 2020
  2. History
  3. Administration and Support Staff
  4. Team Sponsors
  5. KKR - Batting Stats
  6. KKR - Bowling Stats
  7. Fan Base
  8. Kolkata Knight Riders Team Performance
  9. KKR Squad: Players to Watchout
  10. KKR FAQs


KKR Schedule for IPL 2020


Match No.DateDayTeamsVenueTime (IST)
331 Mar 2020TuesdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight RidersBengaluru20:00
63 Apr 2020FridayKolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi CapitalsKolkata20:00
106 Apr 2020MondayKolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super KingsKolkata20:00
139 Apr 2020ThursdayRajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight RidersGuwahati20:00
1712 Apr 2020SundayKolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai IndiansKolkata20:00
2116 Apr 2020ThursdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight RidersHyderabad20:00
2419 Apr 2020SundayDelhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight RidersDelhi16:00
2923 Apr 2020ThursdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI PunjabKolkata20:00
3226 Apr 2020SundayKings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight RidersMohali16:00
3528 Apr 2020TuesdayMumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight RidersMumbai20:00
392 May 2020SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan RoyalsKolkata20:00
457 May 2020ThursdayChennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight RidersChennai20:00
4910 May 2020SundayKolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers BangaloreKolkata20:00
5415 May 2020FridayKolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers HyderabadKolkata20:00


The Kolkata Knight Riders a.k.a. KKR is a franchise cricket team based in Kolkata, which participates in the Indian Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders was founded in 2008. Bollywood Superstar, Shah Rukh Khan owns the franchise along with the Bollywood Diva, Juhi Chawla. The team has Eden Gardens, in Kolkata for its home ground. The team is currently led by the wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik. KKR has won two IPL titles so far in 2012 and 2014 respectively.


History


2008

  1. Sourav Ganguly became captain of the Kolkata based franchise.
  2. The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American television series Knight Rider.
  3. Brendon McCullum struck 158* against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural match of the first ever IPL.
  4. KKR could not repeat their first match heroics and ended the tournament in the 6th position.

2009

  1. Sourav Ganguly was removed from captaincy.
  2. Brendon McCullum assumed the role of the captain.
  3. KKR had another miserable season finishing last this time.

2010

  1. Sourav Ganguly was reinstated as the captain of the Knight Riders.
  2. And yet again the team finished sixth.

2011

  1. Sourav Ganguly was sacked.
  2. This decision was highly criticised by fans.
  3. Delhi boy, Gautam Gambhir was brought in the major auction and was handed captainship responsibilities.
  4. KKR finished fourth after reaching the playoff stages for the first time.

2012

  1. Sunil Narine starred throughout the season picking up 24 wickets as KKR seemed to have found their mojo.
  2. Under Gambhir, the Knight Riders lifted their first IPL Trophy.

2013

  1. Although Narine repeated and piled on his heroics from the previous season picking up 22 wickets, something or the other went wrong for the Riders.
  2. KKR finished the tournament sixth, despite several great performances.

2014

  1. Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine starred in the league stages with former scoring 660 runs and the latter picking up 21 wickets.
  2. KKR defeated KXIP lifting the IPL trophy for the second time.

2015

  1. With none of the big guns firing and the captain, Gambhir, having the worst form of his career, the Knights failed to defend their crown.
  2. KKR finished fifth.

2016

  1. Although the Knights reached the playoffs , their advance was put to a halt and they finished fourth.

2017

  1. Yet again, even after cruising their way to the playoffs, the Knights faced an upset in the second qualifier to exit the tournament third.

2018

  1. Dinesh Karthik was appointed the captain of the team.
  2. KKR reached Qualifier 2 and lost the match out of the tournament.
  3. KKR finished 3rd.

2019

  1. KKR began their season on high but lost six consecutive matches to lose that momentum.
  2. Another disappointing year as KKR finishes the season at the 5th place.

2020

  1. KKR's recent additions before the 2020 IPL are- Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, Pravin Tambe, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Nikhil Naik.


Administration and Support Staff


CEO and Managing Director: Venky Mysore

Team & Cricket Operations Manager: NA

Head Coach: Brendon McCullum

Batting Coach: David Hussey

Bowling Coach: Kyle Mills

Fielding Coach: James Foster

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Chris Donaldson

Physiotherapist: Kamlesh Jain


Also see - IPL Records


Team Sponsors


Kolkata Knight Riders have never had any trouble finding sponsors, thanks to its Bollywood contacts. As of 2019, KKR had co-sponsorship deals with Jio, Lux Cozi, Exide, Royal Stag, Greenply and Asian Paints along with others. They also have partnerships with The Telegraph, Fever 104 FM, Ibibo, Sprite and Dream11.


KKR - Batting Stats


Most Runs: Robin Uthappa : 4411

Most Centuries: 0

Most Fifties: Robin Uthappa : 24

Fastest Fifty: Yusuf Pathan : 15 balls

Fastest Century: NA

Best Batting Average: Chris Lynn : 33.68

Best Strike Rate: Andre Russell : 369.23

Most Sixes: Robin Uthappa : 156

Most Fours: Robin Uthappa : 435

Highest Individual Score: Dinesh Karthik : 97*


KKR - Bowling Stats


Most Wickets: Piyush Chawla : 150

Best Economy: Sunil Narine : 6.67

Best Bowling Figures: Sunil Narine : 4-19-5

Best Bowling Average: Nathan Coulter-Nile : 19.97

Most Maidens: Sunil Narine : 3

Most Runs Conceded: Ryan McLaren : 4-60-2

Most 4 Wickets: Sunil Narine : 6

Most Hat-tricks: NA

Most Dot Balls: Piyush Chawla : 1109


Fan Base


Kolkata Knight Riders boasts the biggest Fan Base of all the IPL teams. Although most of it can be attributed to the involvement of the Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the team sure do have a certain charisma about it. Undoubtedly, KKR have always been the most glamorous of all teams earning themselves a loyal fan army over the years. From being underdogs in the first IPL season to one of the most cheered teams in the IPL, the Royals have sure come a long way. The Sawai Mansingh stadium looks like a sea of pink every time the Royals play there.


The official Instagram handle of RR has over 829K followers. On YouTube the official Rajasthan Royals account has over 91K subscribers. Rajasthan Royals' Facebook page of 4.1M followers is also very active with regular updates and uploads.


Kolkata Knight Riders Team Performance


YearCaptainResultTop BatsmanRunsTop BowlerWicketsWin %
2019Dinesh Karthik5thAndre Russell510Andre Russell1142.85%
2018Dinesh Karthik3rdDinesh Karthik498Kuldeep Yadav1756.30%
2017Gautam Gambhir3rdGautam Gambhir498Chris Woakes1757.14%
2016Gautam Gambhir4thGautam Gambhir501Andre Russell1553.33%
2015Gautam Gambhir5thRobin Uthappa364Andre Russell1453.84%
2014Gautam GambhirWinnersRobin Uthappa660Sunil Narine2168.75%
2013Gautam Gambhir6thGautam Gambhir406Sunil Narine2237.50%
2012Gautam GambhirWinnersGautam Gambhir590Sunil Narine2470.58%
2011Gautam Gambhir4thJacques Kallis424Yusuf Pathan1353.33%
2010Sourav Ganguly6thSourav Ganguly493Ashok Dinda950%
2009Brendon Mccullum8thBrad Hodge365Ishant Sharma1123.07%
2008Sourav Ganguly6thSourav Ganguly349Umar Gul1246.16%


KKR Squad: Players to Watchout


#1. Andre Russell

Andre Russell is the star of KKR. He already established a record last season while he was on a batting rampage as he struck 52 big ones out of the park. Russell was also brilliant with the ball and won several games for the Knight Riders single-handedly. This IPL edition is going to be another opportunity for Russell to exhibit his prowess and perhaps take his team all the way over the line.


#2. Sunil Narine

At the helm of KKR players to watch out this season is another West Indian cricketer who has been an integral part of the Knight Riders franchise ever since he joined. Sunil Narine is one of KKR's ace bowler and has troubled batsmen for several seasons now. What has been a happy surprise for KKR, is his recent developing batting skills. Narine has been opening the batting for KKR and swinging it like there's no tomorrow.


#3. Dinesh Karthik

KKR's captain Dinesh Karthik brings in a lot of experience to the side along with his finishing skills. He is one of the most reputed finishers in the world and sure hits the ball a long way. Although his captaincy has been mediocre so far, he has been excellent behind the stumps.


#4. Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill is the personification of India's budding young talent. Shubman has been in and out of the Indian National cricket team recently. Shubman would surely like to seize this opportunity and earn himself a berth in the Indian Squad for World T20 later this year.


#5. Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav has stood the test of times. He has made an impact in the IPL for the Knights and proved himself on the larger World Stage. He has been leading the spin attack for India for quite a long time now and he surely is KKR's ace spinner.


KKR FAQs


1) Which players did KKR retain before the 2020 auctions?

A. KKR retained the following players before the 2020 auction : Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi.


2) Who were the players released by KKR before the 2020 auctions?

A. KKR released the following players before the 2020 auction : Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Yarra Prithviraj, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Anrich Nortjen.


3) Who were the players bought by KKR in the 2020 auctions?

A. KKR bought the following players in the 2020 auction : Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, Pravin Tambe, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Nikhil Naik.


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