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The Kolkata Knight Riders (also known by the acronym

KKR) are a franchise cricket team representing the city Kolkata Knight Riders
of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is
owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi
Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The team is currently
captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Jacques
Kallis, a former player of the team. The home of the
Knight Riders is Eden Gardens, the largest cricket
stadium in India and the third largest in the world by
seating capacity.[2]

Although the team has gained immense popularity due to

its association with celebrity owners, it was surrounded
with controversy and poor on-field performance through
the first three years of the tournament.[3] The team's
performance, however, improved from the fourth season
as it qualified for the IPL playoffs as well as the now
defunct Champions League Twenty20. They eventually
became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012, by
defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final and repeated
the feat in 2014, defeating Kings XI Punjab.[4] The Captain: Gautam Gambhir
Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning Coach: Jacques Kallis
streak by any Indian team in T20s (14).[5] City: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir,[6]
while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine.[7] The Owner: Shah Rukh Khan (Red Chillies
official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we Entertainment)
will act, fight and win!) and the official colours are purple Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta
and gold. The brand value of the Knight Riders was (Mehta Group)
estimated at $86 million in 2015, the highest valuation
Founded: 2008
amongst all eight teams by a margin.[3]
Home ground: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Capacity: 68,000[1]
Contents Indian Premier 2 (2012, 2014)
League wins:
1 Franchise history Official website:
2 Livery (
3 Home ground
4 Sponsors and partners Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017
5 Players
6 Seasons
7 Current squad
8 Administration and support staff
9 Statistics
9.1 Overall results
9.2 Result summary
9.3 Overall results in CLT20

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10 References
11 External links

Franchise history
In 2008, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created
the cricket tournament Indian Premier League based on the
Twenty20 form of the game.[8] Eight teams would participate in the
inaugural tournament held in April June of the same year. The
teams representing the eight different cities of India were put up on
auction in Mumbai on 20 February. The team representing Kolkata
was eventually bought by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's
company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi
Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta for a price of $75.09 million,
equal to approximately 2.98 billion at that time.[9] Sourav Ganguly,
the former captain of the Indian national team, a native of West
Bengal (nicknamed as Bengal Tiger, Dada or Prince of Kolkata) was Sourav Ganguly with the symbol of
named the Icon Player for the team. the Kolkata Knight Riders, flanked by
Shahrukh Khan on the right and
The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American Gauri Khan on the left.
television series Knight Rider.[10] In June 2015, they bought a stake
in the Caribbean Premier League cricket team Trinidad and Tobago
Red Steel[11] and later in 2016, renamed it Trinbago Knight Riders.[12]

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 written in gold next to
it. However, the black background was changed to purple in the third season. It was in 2012 that the current
logo, which has a blazing purple Corinthian helmet trimmed with gold, with Kolkata Knight Riders written
within a shield was introduced.[13]

The tagline of the team was "All the King's Men" during the first four seasons.[14] However, in the fifth it
was replaced by "New Dawn, New Knights". The team's official colours were black and gold during the first
two seasons. At the time, Khan said that "golden symbolizes spirit of life and black presents the Goddess
Kali."[14] It was later changed to purple and gold during the third season and was kept so. The jersey was
created by Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra.[14]

The main theme of the team Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will act, fight and win!) was scored by Vishal-
Shekhar duo.[14] A Knight Riders album featuring several singers and music composers including Usha
Uthup and Bappi Lahiri was also created.[15][16]

Home ground
The home venue of the Knight Riders is the iconic Eden Gardens (with the two ends of the crease called the
High Court End and the Club House End). Owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal, it is the largest
cricket stadium in India and had a seating capacity of over 90,000.[17] In 2011, the stadium was renovated to
meet the standards set by the ICC for the 2011 Cricket World Cup; reducing its capacity to around 68,000.
The renovated stadium includes a new clubhouse and players' facilities, upgrading the exterior wall,

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cladding the existing roof structure with a new metal skin, and general infrastructure improvements.[18] In
2013, two of the team's home matches were hosted by the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.

Panoramic view of the Eden Gardens stadium during IPL 2008

Sponsors and partners

Finnish multinational communications corporation Nokia was the official founding sponsor of the Kolkata
Knight Riders and remained their main sponsor until 2014.[19][20][3] Star Plus, Reebok, HDIL, Kit Kat,
Sprite, Gitanjali Group, SB Nation, Doublemint, SAP AG, Fever 104 FM, Pan Vilas, Seiko, U.S. Polo
Assn., Uber, Dish TV and CK Birla Group have all formerly been their co-sponsors or partners.

In 2015, Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Gionee took over as their principal sponsor and signed a
three-year deal worth 540 million (US$8.0 million).[21] As of 2016, they have co-sponsorship deals with
Royal Stag, Sansui Electric, Lux Cozi, SRMB Steel, The Telegraph, Pepsi, Red FM 93.5, Adamas
University, Ola Cabs, ICICI Bank, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Lafarge, and Sony Music India
along with several others.[22]

Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team was the icon player and led the franchise in
the 2008 and 2010 seasons. Brendon McCullum lead the team in the intervening period. Both captains were
released before the 2011 season. The former team included all-rounders Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Laxmi
Ratan Shukla, Angelo Mathews, batsman Ricky Ponting and wicket keepers Brendon McCullum and
Wriddhiman Saha. The main bowlers were Umar Gul, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and
Murali Karthik. Australian batsman Brad Hodge and bowlers Ajantha Mendis and Charl Langeveldt were
bought outside the IPL auction in late 2008.

At the 2009 auction the team bought Bangladeshi all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza. Due to the unavailability
of Pakistani players starting 2009, KKR had to suspend the contract of Umar Gul, who was a key performer
from the 2008 season.[23][24] On 26 April 2009, KKR administration sent back two of its players Akash
Chopra and Sanjay Bangar on the premises of poor performance.[25] Shane Bond was acquired after
releasing Ricky Ponting, Morne van Wyk and the Pakistani players Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Mohammad
Hafeez and Shoaib Akhtar before the third season. Moises Henriques was traded to Delhi in return for
Owais Shah and Manoj Tiwary. Thus, their overseas roster for the 2010 season consisted of Shane Bond,
Mashrafe Mortaza, Brendon McCullum, Charl Langeveldt, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Brad Hodge,
David Hussey, Owais Shah and Chris Gayle.

In the 2011 season, KKR drastically revamped their squad. Former captain and icon player Sourav Ganguly
was not purchased in the January auction. This led to protest rallies, signature campaigns throughout the

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country and abroad along with stadium protests by various fan groups, such as No Dada No KKR,[26] which
received both national and international press attention.[27][28][29] The team appointed Gautam Gambhir,
who was bought for a record-breaking $2.4 million as skipper.[30] Yusuf Pathan was also picked up for a
whopping $2.1 million.[30] Other international names who were added include Shakib Al Hasan, Brad
Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan and James Pattinson. Haddin was
replaced by Mark Boucher mid-season due to injury.[30]

In the 2012 auction, KKR bought back their former captain, Brendon McCullum. They also acquired West
Indian spinner Sunil Narine and South African fast bowler Marchant de Lange.

The team later added four domestic players to their squad, including Debabrata Das and Iresh Saxena from
Bengal, Saurashtra's Chirag Jani and Sanju Samson from Kerala.[31] However, in November 2012, KKR
released the latter three from their team along with Jaydev Unadkat, a key performer from the previous
seasons. In the 2013 auction, the team acquired only two overseas players, Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan

Before the February 2014 auction, the team had only retained their key performers Gautam Gambhir and
Sunil Narine. From the auctions that took place, the team brought back Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan
with their right-to-match (RTM) card. Also keeping their place in the squad was Ryan ten Doeschate and
Shakib Al Hasan. New international players were Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins and Chris Lynn.
Prominent Indian players bought included Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar
Yadav and Piyush Chawla.

KKR's impressive additions in the 2015 auction were veteran Australian bowler Brad Hogg and wicket-
keeper Sheldon Jackson. Before the auction in February 2016, they released Ryan ten Doeschate who was a
part of their team for five consecutive seasons along with pace bowler Pat Cummins. The Knight Riders
were particularly noted for their change in approach from the previous auctions where they had concentrated
on spinners. For the 2016 edition, however, they acquired as many as six pacers in the form of all-rounders
John Hastings, Colin Munro, Jason Holder and Rajagopal Sathish as well as bowlers Ankit Rajpoot and
Jaydev Unadkat, with the latter being a former player of the squad. They signed one spinner in Manan
Sharma.[32] Before the 2017 auctions, they released Morne Morkel, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Colin Munro,
John Hastings, Jaydev Unadkat, Rajagopal Sathish, Manan Sharma and replacement signing Shaun Tait.

Year Indian Premier League
2008 League stage
2009 League stage
2010 League stage
2011 Playoffs
2012 Champions
2013 League stage
2014 Champions
2015 League stage
2016 Playoffs

The Knight Riders qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The latter was
the last edition of the tournament before it being permanently called off. The team was eliminated in the

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group stage in 2011 and 2012, but finished as runners-up in the ultimate season.

Current squad
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
* denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
* denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.

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Batting Signed
No. Name Nationality Birth date Bowling style Salary[33] Notes
style year
Manish Right- Right-arm off 17 million
1 September 2014
Pandey handed break (US$250,000)
Robin Right- Right-arm 50 million Occasional
10 September 2014
Uthappa handed medium (US$740,000) wicketkeeper
Gautam 14 October Right-arm leg 100 million
23 Left-handed 2014 Captain
Gambhir 1981 break (US$1.5 million)
10 April Right- Slow left-arm 13 million
50 Chris Lynn 2014 Overseas
1990 handed orthodox (US$190,000)
Suryakumar Right- Right-arm 7 million
212 September 2014
Yadav handed medium (US$100,000)
Darren 6 February Right-arm 5 million
Left-handed 2017 Overseas
Bravo 1989 medium (US$74,000)
Rovman 23 July Right- Right-arm 3 million
2017 Overseas
Powell 1993 handed fast-medium (US$45,000)
27 January Rightt- Right-arm leg 1 million
Ishank Jaggi 2017
1989 handed break (US$15,000)
Andre 29 April Right- Right-arm 6 million
12 2014 Overseas
Russell[a] 1988 handed fast-medium (US$89,000)
Right- Right-arm off 32.5 million
24 Yusuf Pathan November 2014
handed break (US$480,000)
Shakib Al 24 March Slow left-arm 28 million
75 Left-handed 2014 Overseas
Hasan 1987 orthodox (US$420,000)
Chris 2 March Right- Right-arm 42 million
2017 Overseas
Woakes 1989 handed fast-medium (US$620,000)
Rishi Right- Right-arm 5.5 million
February 2017
Dhawan handed medium-fast (US$82,000)
Sheldon Right- 1.5 million
27 September 2015
Jackson handed (US$22,000)
Right- Right-arm 15 million
03 Ankit Rajpoot December 2016
handed medium-fast (US$220,000)
Kuldeep Slow left-arm 4 million
18 December Left-handed 2014
Yadav chinaman (US$59,000)
Umesh 25 October Right- Right-arm 26 million
19 2014
Yadav 1987 handed fast (US$390,000)
Piyush Right-arm leg 42.5 million
21 December Left-handed 2014
Chawla break (US$630,000)

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26 May Right-arm off 80 million

74 Sunil Narine Left-handed 2014 Overseas
1988 break (US$1.2 million)
22 July Right- Left-arm 50 million
Trent Boult 2017 Overseas
1989 handed fast-medium (US$740,000)
Nathan 11 October Right- Right-arm 35 million
2017 Overseas
Coulter-Nile 1987 handed fast (US$520,000)
Right- Right-arm 1 million
Sayan Ghosh September 2017
handed medium (US$15,000)

a. ruled out of the season due to a one-year doping ban

Administration and support staff

Owners Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment) - 55%
shareholder, in partnership with Jay Mehta and Juhi Chawla
(Mehta Group) - 45% shareholder[34]
CEO and Managing Director Venky Mysore[35][36]
Director Joy Bhattacharya
Head coach Jacques Kallis
Assistant coach Simon Katich
Bowling coach and mentor Lakshmipathy Balaji
Fielding Coach Mark Boucher
Batting advisor W. V. Raman
Physiotherapist Andrew Leipus (l-r) Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla
Physical trainer Adrian Le Roux and Jay Mehta, co-owners of
Data & video analyst AR Srikkanth[37] KKR in 2012
Mental skills coach Rudi Webster
Motivational advisor Mike Horn

Head coaches

John Buchanan - 20082009

Dav Whatmore - 20102011
Trevor Bayliss - 20122015[38]
Jacques Kallis - 2016present[39]

Overall results

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IPL summary of results

Year Played Wins Losses Tied NR Win % Position
2008 14 6 7 0 1 46.16 6/8
2009 14 3 9 1 1 23.07 8/8
2010 14 7 7 0 0 50.00 6/8
2011 15 8 7 0 0 53.33 4/10
2012 18 12 5 0 1 70.58 1/9
2013 16 6 10 0 0 37.50 7/9
2014 16 11 4 1 0 68.75 1/8
2015 14 7 6 0 1 53.84 5/8
2016 15 8 7 0 0 53.33 4/8
Total 136 68 62 2 4 51.51

Abandoned matches are counted as NR (no result)

Win or loss by super over or boundary count are counted as tied.

Result summary

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied Win %

Chennai Super Kings 20082015 16 6 10 0 37.5
Delhi Daredevils 20082016 18 10 8 0 55.55
Kings XI Punjab 20082016 19 13 6 0 68.42
Mumbai Indians 20082016 18 5 13 0 27.77
Rajasthan Royals 20082015 15 6 7 2 46.66
Rising Pune Supergiants 2016-2016 2 2 0 0 100.00
Gujarat Lions 2016-2016 2 0 2 0 0.00
Royal Challengers Bangalore 20082016 19 10 9 0 52.63
Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013-2016 9 6 3 0 66.66
Deccan Chargers 20082012 9 7 2 0 77.77
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2011 2 0 2 0 0.00
Pune Warriors India 20112013 5 4 1 0 80.00

Overall results in CLT20

Year Matches Wins Losses No result Win % Summary

2011 6 3 3 0 50.00 5/10 (13)
2012 4 1 2 1 33.33 6/10 (14)
2014 6 5 1 0 83.33 2/10 (14)
Total 16 9 6 1 60.00

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Result summary in Champions League

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
Auckland Aces 20112012 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Chevrolet Warriors 20112011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Delhi Daredevils 20122012 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Perth Scorchers 20122014 2 1 0 0 1 100.00
Royal Challengers Bangalore 20112011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Somerset Sabres 20112011 2 0 2 0 0 0.00
South Australia Redbacks 20112011 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Nashua Titans 20122012 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Chennai Super Kings 2014-2014 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Dolphins 2014-2014 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Hobart Hurricanes 2014-2014 1 2 0 0 0 100.00
Lahore Lions 2014-2014 1 1 0 0 0 100.00

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