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Kolkata Knight Riders: All You Need To Know About IPL’s Mighty Knights

Kolkata Knight Riders Team 2020 

The Kolkata Knight Riders had an unlucky Indian Premier League 2019 season. Having started the season with three dominating victories, KKR went on a losing spree and ultimately missed out on a playoff spot on inferior NRR. Over-dependence on Andre Russell, both with the bat and ball might be one of the reasons.

Their opening-partnership choice of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine backfired and all pressure was put on the middle order. Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa were disappointing. Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill (later moved up to open the innings) stepped up for the team.

KKR bowlers also had a disappointing season. Pacers- Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson did not live up to their expectations. Dinesh Karthik’s spin trio of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav also got tossed around for runs.

The KKR management let go of many players before the auctions. Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Carlos Brathwaite and Anrich Nortje were the big names who were let go. In the trading season, KKR traded in young promise Sidesh Lad from the Mumbai Indians.

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With ₹35.65 Crore in their wallet, the KKR management had to find good players to fill the holes in both batting and bowling.

Players Retained Players Sold   
Dinesh KarthikChris Lynn
Andre RussellRobin Uthappa
Sunil NarineCarlos Brathwaite
Kuldeep YadavPiyush Chawla
Shubman Gill,Joe Denly
Lockie FergusonAnrich Nortje
Nitish RanaK C Cariappa
Rinku SinghNikhil Naik
Prasidh KrishnaPrithvi Raj Yarra
Sandeep WarrierShrikant Mundhe
Harry GurneyMatthew Kelly
Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Shivam Mavi

Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2020 Auctions 

The Kolkata Knight Riders purchased 9 players in the IPL 2020 Auction. Pat Cummings became the of the IPL 2020 Auction in December after KKR purchased him for ₹15.5 crores.

They purchased 2019 Cricket World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan for ₹5.25 crore. Tom Baton (₹1 crore) and Chris Green (₹ 20 lacs) fill up the overseas players’ slot.

The KKR management also purchased a bunch of Indian players to strengthen their squad. They purchased all-rounder Varun Chakravarthy (₹ 4 crores), batsman Rahul Tripathi (₹ 60 lacs), wicketkeeper Nikhil Naik (₹20 lacs) and bowlers Pravin Tambe and M Siddarth (₹20 lacs).

NameRoleNationality Price
Pat CumminsAll-RounderAustralia₹15,50,00,000
Eoin MorganBatsmanEngland₹5,25,00,000
Varun ChakaravarthyAll-RounderIndia₹4,00,00,000
Tom BantonBatsmanIndia₹1,00,00,000
Rahul TripathiBatsmanIndia₹60,00,000
Chris GreenAll-RounderAustralia₹20,00,000
Nikhil Shankar NaikWicket KeeperIndia₹20,00,000
Pravin TambeBowlerIndia₹20,00,000
M SiddharthBowlerIndia₹20,00,000

KKR Squad IPL 2020

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The Kolkata Knight Riders have a pretty decent squad line up for IPL 2020. They were able to retain key players Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana.

Joining them will be Pat Cummings, Eoin Morgan, Tom Baton, Chris Green, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Nikhil Naik, Pravin Tambe and M Siddarth.

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With a good squad, KKR will look on similar performances from Russell, Gill, Rana, Cummins and Morgan. Dinesh Karthik’s leadership will be key in managing a team with such talents.

Here is the whole squad:

 NameNationality  
Wicket keepersDinesh KarthikIndia
Tom BantonEngland
Nikhil Shankar NaikIndia
BatsmenEoin MorganEngland
Nitish RanaIndia
Rahul TripathiIndia
Rinku SinghIndia
Shubman GillIndia
Siddhesh LadIndia
BowlersM SiddharthIndia
Pat CumminsAustralia
Pravin TambeIndia
Harry GurneyEngland
Kamlesh NagarkotiIndia
Kuldeep YadavIndia
Lockie FergusonNew Zealand
Prasidh KrishnaIndia
Sandeep WarrierIndia
Shivam MaviIndia
All RoundersChris GreenAustralia
Varun ChakravarthyIndia
Andre RussellWest Indies

Kolkata Knight Riders History

Kolkata Knight Riders owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan are in dire need of good scripts. He doesn’t need to look beyond his own team for a good story. The journey of KKR has it all that takes for a blockbuster – Big names, fights, huge defeats and finally sweet successes.

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Everyone remembers the first IPL game when opener Brendon McCullum slammed an unbelievable 158 off 73 balls which included 10 boundaries and 13 sixes, helping KKR win the match against RCB by a massive 140 runs. After a thunderous start, KKR’s thunder fizzled and then started a series of disappointments until Gautam Gambhir was entrusted the captainship. KKR won the IPL twice under his iconic leadership.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team Performance

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Former Indian captain and ‘Dada’ of Cricket Sourav Ganguly was the captain of KKR in the first season. The team had some huge superstars including Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Ricky Ponting, Shoaib Akhtar and many more. In spite of the big stars, the team performed poorly and remained sixth on the table.

In the following two seasons too, the performance of the team went from bad to worse. There were also reports that Sourav Ganguly and the owners had some differences.

Goodbye to Ganguly in 2011 IPL

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In 2011, Ganguly wasn’t purchased in the auction by KKR. They invested in a reliable Gautam Gambhir with a whopping 2.4 million dollars price and Yusuf Pathan with 2.1 million dollars.

Other international names who were added include Shakib Al Hasan, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan and James Pattinson. This was the new dawn for the side. The team won 8 out of their 15 games, qualifying for the eliminator for the first time.

Lucky Finals in IPL 2012

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KKR bought a magician in the 2012 auctions who without a magical wand scripted history for his team. He was none other than Sunil Narine. It was just impossible for the batters to understand his bowling. He bowled the crucial overs and KKR won 12 games in the season, along with the finals against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.

The city of joy – Kolkata erupted and Shah Rukh Khan and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it a huge carnival. 2014 was another success story for the franchise.

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Indian players Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav and Piyush Chawla along with Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins and Chris Lynn – formed a formidable side. Gautam Gambhir tactical captaincy was spot on and the team went on to win 11 games in the season. They defeated Kings XI Punjab, chasing a massive total.

Disappointments in the Following seasons

In 2015, 2016, 2017 seasons, KKR finished fifth, fourth and third respectively but what was more noteworthy was that the team gave chances to youngsters like Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Rishi Dhawan, Ishank Jaggi etc.

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In 2018 auctions, the franchise gave a clear indication that they are thinking of the future by not picking their most successful captain – Gautam Gambhir. They bought Dinesh Karthik and named him their captain and continued giving youngsters opportunities.

Kolkata Knight Riders Owners

KKR is owned by Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment along with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. They bought the team for a price of 75.09 million dollars, equal to approximately ₹2.98 billion at that time.

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The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American television series Knight Rider. The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will perform, fight and win!) and the official colours are purple and gold. The brand value of the Knight Riders was estimated at ₹60, second-highest among IPL franchises.

In June 2015, the owners bought a stake in the Caribbean Premier League cricket team Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and later in 2016, renamed it Trinbago Knight Riders. The tagline of the team was “All the King’s Men” during the first four seasons. However, in the fifth, it was replaced by “New Dawn, New Knights”.

Kolkata Knight Riders Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Nokia

Official Sponsors: Jio Digital Life, Lux Cozi, Exide, Seagram’s Royal Stag, GreenPly, Khadim’s, Astral Pipes, Asian Paints, Senco Gold and Diamonds.

Partners: The Telegraph, Fever 104 FM, Go Ibibo, Sprite, Dream11, Sampark Advertising and Media.

Merchandise Partner: Cover It Up, Gully, Kaadoo, Mobicloud Technologies, The Souled Store, Status Quo.

Awards and Achievements 

  • Champions: 2012
  • Champions: 2014
  • Most Successive wins in a single Indian Premier League season- 9 (2014).
  • Most Successive wins in the Indian Premier League-10 (2014-15).
  • KKR is fourth in the list of the highest score in a match (245/6 vs KXIP, 2018).
  • KKR holds the record for restricting their opponent. (49 vs RCB, 2017)
  • 7th in the most successful run chase. (206 vs RCB, 2014)
  • 3rd in the winning by the biggest margin of runs (140 vs RCB, 2008)
  • Brendon McCullum is second in the list of most sixes in an innings (13 vs RCB, 2008)
  • Andre Russel has the highest Strike rate of 186.41). Sunil Narine is second with a strike rate of 168.34.
  • Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine are second and third on the list of fastest fifties in IPL. Pathan scored in 15 balls against SRH, 2014 and Narine scored in 15 balls against RCB in 2017.

KKR Social Media 

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