The Kolkata Knight Riders is a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The team is coached by Jacques Kallis. The home of the Kolkata Knight Riders is Eden Gardens, the largest cricket stadium in India and the second largest in the world by seating capacity.
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.The team’s performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs. 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. The Kolkata Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s (14).
The leading run-scorer of Kolkata Knight Riders is Gautam Gambhir, while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine.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 $99 million in 2017, second highest among IPL franchises.
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.Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the Indian national team and a native of West Bengal, was named the Icon Player for the team. The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American television series Knight Rider.
In June 2015, they bought a stake in the Caribbean Premier League cricket team Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and later in 2016, renamed it Trinbago Knight Riders. In July 2017, they bought Cape Town Knight Riders in the newly formed T20 Global League.
The table below shows the number of matches played by Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL and also shows the result of the matches:
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS SQUAD IPL 2018
|INDIAN PLAYERS||FOREIGN PLAYERS|
|Dinesh Karthik||Sunil Narine (Windies)|
|Robin Uthappa||Andre Russell (Windies)|
|Piyush Chawla||Mitchell Starc (Australia)|
|Kuldeep Yadav||Chris Lynn (Australia)|
|Shubman Gill||Cameron Delport (South Africa)|
|Ishank Jaggi||Mitchell Johnson (Australia)|
|Kamlesh Nagarkoti||Javon Searless(Windies)|