Kolkata Knight Riders is one of teh most poplar franchises of the Indian Premier League Clubs. This cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. Financially, the Kolkata Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of thirteen crore rupees. Initially, when Kolkata knight Riders were first introduced in 2008, the logo of the team consisted of a blazing golden Viking helmet against a black background with the name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders written in gold next to it. However, the black background was changed to purple in the third season. In 2012, a new logo, which consist of a blazing purple Corinthian helmet trimmed with gold, with Kolkata Knight Rider written within a shield has been introduced. Kolkata Knight Riders home venue is the iconic Eden Gardens. Nokia is the official founding sponsor of the Kolkata Knight Riders, while Reebok is their official apparel sponsor.
The Kolkata Knight Riders won the tournament in 2012 with Manvinder Bisla declared as the Man of the Match and Sunil Narine declared as the Man of the Series. The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir while the leading wicket-taker is Lakshmipathy Balaji. Some of the team's other prolific players are: Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Angelo Mathews, Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Wriddhiman Saha, Shane Bond, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda etc