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Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders
কলকাতা নাইট রাইডার্স
कोलकाता नाइट राइडर्स
Captain: Gautam Gambhir
Coach: Jacques Kallis
City: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Colors:
Owner: Shahrukh Khan, (Red Chillies Entertainment)
Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta (Mehta Group)
Founded: 2008
Home ground: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Capacity: 68,000[1]
Indian Premier League wins: 2 (2012, 2014)
CLT20 wins 0
Official website: .in.kkrwww

The Kolkata Knight Riders (also known by the acronym KKR) are a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. 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 and made it to the 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 Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s (14).[5]

The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir,[6] while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine.[7] The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do, we will fight, we will win) and the official colors are purple and gold. The brand value of the Kolkata Knight Riders was estimated at $86 million in 2015, the highest valuation amongst all eight teams by a margin.[3]

Franchise history

Sourav Ganguly with the symbol of the Kolkata Knight Riders, flanked by Shahrukh Khan on the right and Gauri Khan on the left.

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 3 billion, around $75 million 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 named the Icon Player for the team.

The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American television series Knight Rider.[10] In June 2015, they bought a stake in the Caribbean Premier League cricket team Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.[11]

Team history

2008 IPL season

The Kolkata Knight Riders made a good start the season by winning their first two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. Kolkata Knight Riders' opening batsman Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs in the first match. However, the team began to experience failures and lost the next four matches. The team managed to stage a comeback of sorts by winning the next three matches, helped by strong performances by Sourav Ganguly and Shoaib Akhtar. But their performance dipped again and they lost the next three matches. These included their match against Mumbai Indians, in which they were bowled out for 67 runs, the lowest score by a team in the IPL 2008 season.[12] When their match against Delhi Daredevils was washed out due to rain, they lost any chance of making it to the semi finals.[13] The Knight Riders ended their season on a winning note by defeating Kings XI Punjab on their home ground.

The team faced various issues in its first season such as team composition, Ganguly's choice of batting first in the game against Chennai Super Kings, entertainment tax being imposed for matches played at Eden Gardens.[14] Shahrukh Khan was barred by the International Cricket Council from entering the dressing room of the team when matches were in progress. He then issued a statement that he would be boycotting the remaining matches of the IPL until the code of conduct was clarified by the IPL authorities.[15]

Financially, the Kolkata Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of 130 million (US$2.0 million) in the opening season itself.[16]

2009 IPL season

The season is by far the worst in the history of the franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders finished at the bottom of the ranking table with three wins and ten losses including a string of nine successive defeats. KKR was among the least active franchises during the offseason, with no player trades. However, the team signed Mohnish Parmar during the offseason and also re-signed Ajantha Mendis to a long term deal.

On 18 April 2009 a blog by an anonymous author claiming to be a member of the team surfaced on the web. The blog was controversial from the start, giving unflattering nicknames to players, coaches, and owners of KKR and other teams, telling sordid stories, and showing most of them in a very negative light.[17] The blog rapidly became popular and created a lot of media frenzy.[17] The blog worsened an already bad season for KKR, which lost most of their games, had controversies surrounding their coach, John Buchanan, and frequently changed captains, including Sourav Ganguly and Brendon McCullum based on a series of theories discussing "multiple-captains".[18] In August 2010, Bangalore based marketing specialist Anupam Mukerji revealed himself to be the person behind the blog. He said he had "never met a cricketer in his life", and was just making up stories. He never expected it to become this big, he remarked, adding that the Fake Player ended up getting legitimized by the media frenzy. He was inspired by the popularity of a similar blog by Fake Steve Jobs, and the Richard Gere movie The Hoax.[19][20][21]

KKR also set up a Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) in 2009 to spot local talent nationwide. This was based on BCCI's 2002–06 model which had discovered talents like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. The wing was headed by Makarand Wainganker, who had first initiated the TRDW concept for the KSCA.[22] However, Wainganker eventually resigned after persistent disagreements with John Buchanan over team selection and Buchanan's "multiple captains" theory.[23] KKR were the first team in IPL to select their cheerleaders by a talent hunt show called Knights and Angels, judged by Sourav Ganguly and other guest stars and hosted by Bollywood actor Purab Kohli. However, the six girls who were part of the winning team did not get a chance to perform during the 2009 season since local authorities only allowed South African cheerleaders to be hired.[24] Despite not performing, they were presented with the opportunity to accompany the team and watch the matches in South Africa in a nine days all-expense paid trip.[24]

Despite the poor on field performance of the team and its struggle at the bottom of the points table, the Kolkata Knight Riders has been ranked as the richest team in the tournament with a brand value of $42.1 million.[25] The study conducted by a UK-based international brand valuation consultancy took into account various revenue lines such as broadcasting, IPL sponsorship, team sponsorship, merchandising and gate receipts as well as the effect of performance, the catchment population of the city, the capacity of the stadium and the presence of iconic players.[25]

2010 IPL season

The Kolkata Knight Riders traded Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah.[26] At the Player auctions they managed to successfully buy Shane Bond in the silent tie-breaker against competing bids from Deccan Chargers for $1.3 million.[27] Ganguly was once again given the captaincy of KKR, after the team ended at the bottom in the second season. The coach John Buchanan was replaced by Dav Whatmore.

The Kolkata Knight Riders had a fantastic start to the season with two consecutive wins against Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. That was followed by three defeats at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. The Knight Riders then made a come back by winning most of their homes games against Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils. Despite being tied at 14-point with The Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, a lesser NRR meant they eventually finished sixth on the point table.

2011 IPL season

In this edition of the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders decided to revamp the team, starting with a new look and by changing the entire set of players. Gautam Gambhir, who was bought for a record-breaking $2.4 million was appointed as skipper. KKR also managed to buy Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million. Other international names added to the squad inclued allrounders Shakib Al Hasan and Jacques Kallis, pace bowler Brett Lee and Ryan ten Doeschate of Netherlands.[28] Brad Haddin was replaced by Mark Boucher in mid-season due to a finger injury he sustained during practice.[29]

The Kolkata Knight Riders had a disappointing start of season, losing to Chennai Super Kings by 2 runs. But they came back stronger, winning their next three matches against Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata and Jaipur respectively. After two consecutive defeats in their home ground, the team had a string of wins against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers. They went on to win two of the remaining four matches; one against Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata and the other against Pune Warriors India in Navi Mumbai which enabled them to qualify for the playoffs for the first time.[30] In the eliminator they lost to Mumbai Indians owing to a last over by Lakshmipathy Balaji which conceded 21 runs, losing their chance to enter the finals for the first time.[30]

In the 2011 auctions, Sourav Ganguly was not picked by KKR, nor by any other team in the league. This created a huge uproar in Kolkata. The angry fans created a protest group called No Dada No KKR.[31] This was followed by a silent protest rally, signature campaigns throughout the country and abroad and stadium protests.[31] But the uproar came to a halt and the fans' reactions gradually bettered as the team's performance improved and the Eden Gardens began to witness huge capacities.[32][33] KKR finished the top amongst all teams after the completion of the mid season game-play.[30]

2011 CLT20 season

KKR's top four finish meant they would now participate in the qualifying stage for the Mark Boucher who was playing for Warriors.

They were drawn along with Somerset and Auckland Aces in Pool B of qualification stage. Both of their matches were initially to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, but was later moved to the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. They recorded a 2-run victory in their first match against Auckland Aces, thanks to brilliant spells from Iqbal Abdulla and Yusuf Pathan. Their next match against Somerset Sabres ended in an 11-run defeat. However, both teams qualified for the main tournament by finishing on a better NRR+ than Sri Lankan franchise Ruhuna Rhinos of Pool A.

The team was placed with Somerset, Southern Redbacks, Warriors and fellow IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore in Group B of the tournament. They lost their first two matches against Somerset Sabres and Southern Redbacks. They made an impressive comeback by winning the last two games, first by 9 wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore and a rain affected 22 run victory by (D/L) against Warriors. However, despite being tied on points, they could not make the semi-final due to a lesser NRR+ than the Royal Challengers. They ended up fifth on the overall points table.

2012 IPL season

(l-r) Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta, co-owners of KKR in 2012.

Due to the disbanding of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, each team played the remaining eight teams twice, once at home and once away. Therefore, each team played 16 matches. KKR bought back Brendon McCullum for $900,000 and West Indies Sunil Narine for $700,000. They also bought South-African Marchant de Lange for $50,000. The team replaced coach Dav Whatmore by Trevor Bayliss.[34] Kolkata Knight Riders also launched a new marketing campaign titled "New Dawn. New Knights" and a new logo.[35]

The 2012 IPL was then the most successful season for the franchise.[36] KKR got off to a poor start in the tournament, losing their first two games against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. However, they fought back with consecutive wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. In the next match, however, they messed up an easy chase against Kings XI Punjab, losing narrowly by 2 runs. KKR's West Indian spinner Sunil Narine took the only five-wicket haul of the tournament (5–19) in that match and despite his team losing, he was declared as the Man of The Match. KKR then went on to win six matches in a row (except for a washed-out match against Deccan Chargers). However, the team's performances dipped in the following two matches, losing against Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Eventually the team had a timely return to form, when they beat Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India in successive away matches, with the side bowling economically to defend average totals. This earned a second-place finish for the team at the end of the league stage and a semi-final match against Delhi Daredevils. An all-round performance from them saw Delhi being defeated by 18 runs, and KKR also qualifying for their maiden IPL final.

The final between the Knight Riders and the defending two-time champions Chennai Super Kings was held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.[37] A hamstring injury to Lakshmipathy Balaji resulted in the inclusion of Brett Lee and due to him being a foreign player, the team was required to leave out their wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum to maintain the cap of 4 foreign players. Manvinder Bisla was brought in to replace McCullum.[37] The team eventually won the match with the help of some impressive batting performance by Bisla (89 from 48 balls) and Jacques Kallis (69 from 49 balls) to become the champions of the tournament for the first time.[37] Manvinder Bisla was declared Man of the Match and Sunil Narine was named Man of the Series.[37]

There were some eye-catching performers for KKR in IPL 5, particularly on the bowling front. Sunil Narine was the second-highest wicket-taker as well as player of the tournament, and also had the best economy rate in the tournament.[38] The batting was led by skipper Gautam Gambhir, who was the second-highest run-getter of the tournament and scored 6 half-centuries out of a total of 11 from his team.[39][40]

The state of [41] Shahrukh Khan, the team's co-owner and the state's brand ambassador, defended the decision."[41]

2012 CLT20 season

KKR's maiden IPL victory in 2012 meant that they would now participate in the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 which was held in South Africa. They were in Group A along with Delhi Daredevils, Perth Scorchers, Auckland Aces and Titans. But disappointingly, they were eliminated in the group stage itself, winning only one game against the Titans, which they did so with a record breaking 99 run margin. This was the highest victory margin ever recorded in the CLT20 tournament. Losses to Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces followed by a washed out game against Perth meant that KKR finished 3rd in Group A and failed to qualify for the knock out stages of the tournament.[42]

2013 IPL season

KKR had a disappointing IPL season in 2013, as they failed to make the play-offs, losing ten and winning only six out of their sixteen matches. Although their performance was disappointing, a few players performed really well, like Sunil Narine who took 22 wickets in 16 matches and Gautam Gambhir who made some good runs. But due to lack of rhythm and perfect combination of players, and bad form of a few players, the KKR could not win few easy matches and ended up 7/9.

2014 IPL season

Knight Riders retained only their captain Gambhir and spinner Sunil Narine as they went into the 2014 IPL auctions. They bought back Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manvinder Bisla and Ryan Ten Doeschate. New additions to the side were Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Chris Lynn along with some other uncapped and foreign players. KKR had a good start to the seventh edition in UAE, defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match. However, their performance dipped and they won only 1 out of their next 4 games played there, including a super over tie against Rajasthan Royals, which they ultimately lost on a boundary count. Their poor form continued as they lost two more matches after they were back in India, making it five losses in seven games. The team changed their batting order, promoting Robin Uthappa as an opener which worked very well as he became the highest run scorer in the tournament with 660 runs. He also scored 40+ runs in 10 consecutive matches. Sunil Narine continued his great run, being the second highest wicket taker. Knight Riders recovered from the losing streak, winning each of their next 7 games. In their last group game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Yusuf Pathan blitzed his way to a half century off just 15 balls, which is a record in the IPL. After the group stage, they were tied at 18 points with Chennai Super Kings but beat them to the second place in points table by a better net run rate.

They played the first Qualifier at their homeground Eden Gardens against Kings XI Punjab which they won by 28 runs and entered the final for the second time in their history. In the final at Bengaluru, they met Kings XI Punjab again and defeated them by 3 wickets in a thrilling match chasing a mammoth 200, with local boy Manish Pandey delivering his best knock of the season with a brilliant 94 in 50 balls, to win their second title in 3 years. The victory was celebrated grandly in a similar fashion to their 2012 Indian Premier League title win.

Livery

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.[43] The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view the kids and the youth.

The tag line of the team was "All the King's Men" during the first four season.[44] 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. Khan explained that "golden symbolizes spirit of life and black presents the Goddess Kali. "[44] 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.[44]

The main theme of the team Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) has been created by Vishal-Shekhar duo.[44] A Knight Rider album with several singers and music composers including Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri was also created.[45] In 2009, A music video for one of the songs from the album, called "Too Hot, Too cool" directed by Farah Khan and featuring Khan and some of the members of the team was filmed in helipad area in Film City, Mumbai. The theme of the video centred around the African wild life as the IPL 2's venue had been shifted to South Africa at the time.[46]

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 Pavilion 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.[47] 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 67,000. The renovated stadium includes a new clubhouse and players' facilities, upgrading the exterior wall, cladding the existing roof structure with a new metal skin, and general infrastructure improvements.[48] 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, while Reebok was their official kit manufacturer.[49][50] In 2012, the Knight Riders had 18 sponsors, the highest among all teams.[3] Star Plus, Kit Kat, Sprite, Gitanjali Group, SB Nation, Doublemint, Amity University, SAP AG, Fever 104 FM and Pan Vilas have formerly been their co-sponsors and partners.

As of 2015, their principal sponsor is Gionee and they have co-sponsorship deals with Royal Stag, Sansui Electric, Uber, The Telegraph, Dish TV, Seiko, Colors, Adamas University, Cosco Limited, Red FM 93.5, CK Birla Group and Pepsi among several others while U.S. Polo Assn. is their kit manufacturer.[51]

University Partner

Kolkata Knight Riders has Amity University Kolkata as its official university partner. Amity University Worldwide and KKR have a long-time association.

Players

Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team was the icon player and led the Kolkata franchise in the inaugural season 2008 and 2010. He was released during the 2011 season. The earlier team also included all rounders Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Angelo Mathews, wicket keeper batsmen Brendon McCullum, Wriddhiman Saha. The main bowlers are Shane Bond, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik. Australian batsman Bradley Hodge and Sri Lankan bowler Ajantha Mendis were bought outside IPL Auction in 2008.

At the 2009 auction the team bought Bangladeshi all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza. It also includes Charl Langeveldt who was signed outside of the auction. Due to unavailability of Pakistani players in 2009, KKR had to suspend contract of key performer from the 2008 season Umar Gul.[52][53] On 26 April 2009, KKR administration sent back two of its players Akash Chopra and Sanjay Bangar on the premises of poor performance.[54] Shane Bond was the latest KKR acquisition after releasing Ricky Ponting, Morne van Wyk, Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Akhtar for IPL III. Moises Henriques was traded to Delhi in return for Owais Shah and Manoj Tiwary. Their international players for the 2010 season were – 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 James Pattinson. Haddin was replaced by Mark Boucher mid-season due to injury.[28]

In the 2012 auction, KKR bought back their former batsman, 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.[55]

In Nov 2012, KKR released four players from their team : Iresh Saxena, Chirag Jani, Sanju Samson and Jaydev Unadkat. In the 2013 auction, the team bought two overseas players, Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren.

In Feb 2014 auction, the team had only retained 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. They also bought Ryan ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan 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 Australian Brad Hogg and allrounder James Neesham from New Zealand.

Seasons

Year Indian Premier League Champions League Twenty20
2008 League stage DNQ
2009 League stage DNQ
2010 League stage DNQ
2011 Playoffs Group stage
2012 Champions Group stage
2013 League stage DNQ
2014 Champions Runners-up
2015 League stage DNQ

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.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year Salary Notes
Batsmen
1 Manish Pandey (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 17 million (US$260,000)
23 Gautam Gambhir (1981-10-14) 14 October 1981 Left-handed Right-arm leg break 2014 125 million (US$1.9 million) Captain
37 Robin Uthappa (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 Right-handed Right-arm medium 2014 50 million (US$750,000) Occasional wicketkeeper
50 Chris Lynn[1] (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 13 million (US$200,000) Overseas
212 Suryakumar Yadav (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 Right-handed Right-arm medium 2014 7 million (US$110,000)
Vaibhav Rawal (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 Left-handed Right-arm leg break 2015 1 million (US$15,000)
All-rounders
12 Andre Russell (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2014 6 million (US$91,000) Overseas
14 Azhar Mahmood (1975-02-28) 28 February 1975 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2015 Replacement signing Overseas
22 Johan Botha (1982-05-02) 2 May 1982 Right-handed Right-arm off break 2015 Replacement signing Overseas
24 Yusuf Pathan (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 32.5 million (US$490,000)
27 Ryan ten Doeschate (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 10 million (US$150,000) Overseas
75 Shakib Al Hasan (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 28 million (US$420,000) Overseas
Aditya Garhwal (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 Right-handed Right-arm leg break googly 2015 2.5 million (US$38,000)
Sumit Narwal (1982-04-16) 16 April 1982 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2015 1 million (US$15,000)
James Neesham[2] (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2015 5 million (US$75,000) Overseas
Wicket-keepers
25 Sheldon Jackson (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 Right-handed 2015 1.5 million (US$23,000)
Bowlers
11 Veer Pratap Singh (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 4 million (US$60,000)
18 Kuldeep Yadav (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman 2014 4 million (US$60,000)
19 Umesh Yadav (1987-10-25) 25 October 1987 Right-handed Right-arm fast 2014 26 million (US$390,000)
21 Piyush Chawla (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 Left-handed Right-arm leg break 2014 42.5 million (US$640,000)
30 Pat Cummins (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 Right-handed Right-arm fast 2014 10 million (US$150,000) Overseas
31 Brad Hogg (1971-02-06) 6 February 1971 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman 2015 5 million (US$75,000) Overseas
65 Morne Morkel (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 Left-handed Right-arm fast 2014 28 million (US$420,000) Overseas
74 Sunil Narine (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 Left-handed Right-arm off break 2014 95 million (US$1.4 million) Overseas
94 KC Cariappa (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2015 24 million (US$360,000)
  1. ^ ruled out of the season based on injury report
  2. ^ ruled out of the season based on injury report

Administration and support staff

Head coaches

Fixtures and results

Overall results

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
Total 121 60 55 2 4 51.28
  • Abandoned matches are counted as NR (no result)
  • Win or Loss by Super Over or Boundary Count are counted as Ties

Result summary

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied Win %
Chennai Super Kings 2008–2015 18 7 11 0 38.88
Delhi Daredevils 2008–2015 16 9 7 0 56.25
Kings XI Punjab 2008–2015 17 11 6 0 64.70
Mumbai Indians 2008–2015 16 5 11 0 31.25
Rajasthan Royals 2008–2015 15 6 7 2 46.66
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008–2015 17 9 8 0 52.94
Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013-2015 6 4 2 0 66.66
Deccan Chargers 2008–2012 9 7 2 0 77.77
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2011 2 0 2 0 0.00
Pune Warriors India 2011–2013 5 4 1 0 80.00
Teams now defunct

2008 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Match Scorecard
1 18 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 140 runs, MoM- Brendon McCullum 158* (73) Scorecard
2 20 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 5 wickets, MoM- David Hussey 38* (43) Scorecard
3 26 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 9 wickets Scorecard
4 29 April Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
5 1 May Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 45 runs Scorecard
6 3 May Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 9 runs Scorecard
7 8 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 5 runs, MoM- Sourav Ganguly 20 (22) and 1/7 (3 overs) Scorecard
8 11 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 23 runs, MoM- Sourav Ganguly 91 (57), 2/25 (4 overs) and 2 catches Scorecard
9 13 May Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 23 runs, MoM- Shoaib Akhtar 4/11 (3 overs) Scorecard
10 16 May Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard
11 18 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 3 runs (D/L) Scorecard
12 20 May Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Lost by 6 wickets Scorecard
13 22 May Delhi Daredevils Delhi Match abandoned due to rain Scorecard
14 25 May Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 3 wickets, MoM - Umar Gul 24 (11) and 4/23 (4 overs) Scorecard
Overall Record of 6 – 7 (One match abandoned)

Failed to reach Semifinals, finished 6/8

2009 IPL season

Date Opponent Venue Result
19 April Deccan Chargers Cape Town Lost by 8 wickets
21 April Kings XI Punjab Durban Won by 11 runs (D/L Method), MoM- Chris Gayle 44* (26)
23 April Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabeth Lost by 15 runs in Super Over
25 April Chennai Super Kings Cape Town Match abandoned due to intermittent rain
27 April Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth Lost by 92 runs
29 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban Lost by 5 wickets
1 May Mumbai Indians Durban Lost by 9 runs
3 May Kings XI Punjab East London Lost by 6 wickets
5 May Delhi Daredevils Durban Lost by 9 wickets
10 May Delhi Daredevils Johannesburg Lost by 7 Wickets
12 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Pretoria Lost by 6 wickets
16 May Deccan Chargers Port Elizabeth Lost by 6 wickets
18 May Chennai Super Kings Pretoria Won by 7 wickets, MoM- Brad Hodge 71* (44)
20 May Rajasthan Royals Durban Won by 4 wickets, MoM- Laxmi Shukla 48* (46)
Overall record of 3 – 10 (One match abandoned)

Failed to reach Semifinals, ended 8/8

2010 IPL season

Date Opponent Venue Result
12 March Deccan Chargers Navi Mumbai Won by 11 runs, MoM- Angelo Mathews 65 (46) and 2/20 (4 overs)
14 March Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 7 wickets, MoM- Manoj Tiwary 50 (29)
16 March Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 55 runs
20 March Rajasthan Royals Ahmedabad Lost by 34 runs
22 March Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 7 wickets
27 March Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 39 Runs, MoM- Manoj Tiwary 75 (47)
29 March Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 40 Runs
1 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 24 Runs, MoM- Sourav Ganguly 88 (54)
4 April Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets
7 April Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 14 runs, MoM- Sourav Ganguly 56 (46)
10 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Lost by 7 wickets
13 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 9 wickets
17 April Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- Jaydev Unadkat 3/26 (4 overs)
19 April Mumbai Indians Kolkata Won by 9 wickets, MoM- Murali Kartik 2/20 (4 overs) and 2 catches
Overall record of 7 – 7

Failed to reach Semifinals, ended 6/8

2011 IPL season

Date Opponent Venue Result
8 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 2 runs
11 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 9 runs, MoM- Jacques Kallis 54 (42)
15 April Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Won by 9 wickets, MoM- Gautam Gambhir 75* (44)
17 April Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- Lakshmipathy Balaji 3/15 (3 overs)
20 April Kochi Tuskers Kerala Kolkata Lost by 6 runs
22 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Lost by 9 wickets
28 April Delhi Daredevils Delhi Won by 17 runs, MoM- Manoj Tiwary 61* (47)
30 April Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- Iqbal Abdulla 2/19 (4 overs)
3 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 20 runs, MoM- Yusuf Pathan 47* (26)
5 May Kochi Tuskers Kerala Kochi Lost by 17 runs
7 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Won by 10 runs (D/L), MoM- Iqbal Abdulla 1/15 (4 overs)
14 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 4 wickets (D/L)
19 May Pune Warriors India Navi Mumbai Won by 7 wickets, MoM- Yusuf Pathan 29 (25) and 2/23 (4 overs)
22 May Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets
25 May (#Eliminator) Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 4 wickets
Overall Record of 8 – 7

Reached the Play-offs and ended 4/10

Reached the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 Qualifying League

2012 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard Link
1 5 April Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets Score Card
2 8 April Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 22 runs Score Card
3 10 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Won by 42 runs, MoM – Lakshmipathy Balaji 4/18 Score Card
4 13 April Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 5 wickets, MoM – Shakib Al Hasan 3/17 & 16 (10) Score Card
5 15 April Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Lost by 2 runs, MoM – Sunil Narine 5/19 Score Card
6 18 April Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 8 wickets, MoM – Gautam Gambhir 66* (44) Score Card
7 22 April Deccan Chargers Cuttack Won by 5 wickets,MoM – Brett Lee 1/15 Score Card
8 24 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Match Abandoned without a ball bowled Scorecard
9 28 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 47 runs,MoM – Gautam Gambhir 93 (51) Score Card
10 30 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Won by 5 wickets, MoM- Gautam Gambhir 63(52) Score Card
11 5 May Pune Warriors India Kolkata Won by 7 runs, MoM – Sunil Narine 1/13 Score Card
12 7 May Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 6 wickets, MoM – Jacques Kallis 2/20,30 (27) Score Card
13 12 May Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 27 runs Score Card
14 14 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets Score Card
15 16 May Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 32 runs, MoM – Sunil Narine 4/15 Score Card
16 19 May Pune Warriors India Pune Won by 34 runs, MoM – Shakib Al Hasan 42 (30) & 2/18 Score Card
17 22 May Delhi Daredevils (Qualifier 1) Pune Won by 18 runs, MoM – Yusuf Pathan 40* (21) Score Card
18 27 May Chennai Super Kings (Final) Chennai won by 5 wickets, MoM – Manvinder Bisla 89 (48) Score Card
Overall Record of 12 – 5 (One match abandoned)

Champions of the 2012 Indian Premier League

Qualified for 2012 Champions League Twenty20

2013 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard link
1 April 3, 2013 Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 6 wickets, MoM - Sunil Narine 4/13
2 April 8, 2013 Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 19 runs
3 April 11, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 8 Wickets
4 April 14, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Won by 48 runs, MoM – Gautam Gambhir 53(45) Score Card
5 April 16, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 4 Runs
6 April 20, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 4 Wickets
7 April 24, 2013 Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 5 Wickets
8 April 26, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 6 Wickets, MoM – Jacques Kallis 2/14 (4 overs) and 44
9 April 28, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 14 runs [62]
10 May 1, 2013 Delhi Daredevils Raipur Lost by 7 wickets [63]
11 May 3, 2013 Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 Wickets; MoM – Yusuf Pathan 49* (35)
12 May 7, 2013 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 65 Runs
13 May 9, 2013 Pune Warriors India Pune Won By 46 Runs; MoM – Gautam Gambhir 50(44)
14 May 12, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Ranchi Won By 5 Wickets; MoM – Jacques Kallis 2/17 (4 overs) and 41(45)
15 May 14, 2013 Pune Warriors India Ranchi Lost by 7 runs
16 May 19, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Lost by 5 Wickets
Overall record of 6 - 10

Failed to make Play-offs, ended 7/9

2014 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard link
1 April 17, 2014 Mumbai Indians Abu Dhabi Won by 41 Runs, MoM - Jacques Kallis 72(46) Score Card
2 April 19, 2014 Delhi Daredevils Dubai Lost by 4 Wickets Score Card
3 April 24, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Sharjah Won by 2 Runs, MoM - Chris Lynn 45(31) Score Card
4 April 26, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Abu Dhabi Lost by 24 Runs Score Card
5 April 29, 2014 Rajasthan Royals Abu Dhabi Match Tied; Super Over Tied; Lost by Boundary Count Score Card
6 May 2, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Ranchi Lost by 35 Runs Score Card
7 May 5, 2014 Rajasthan Royals Ahmedabad Lost by 10 Runs Score Card
8 May 7, 2014 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 8 Wickets, MoM - Gautam Gambhir 69(56) Score Card
9 May 11, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Cuttack Won by 9 Wickets, MoM - Gautam Gambhir 63(45) Score Card
10 May 14, 2014 Mumbai Indians Cuttack Won by 6 Wickets, MoM - Robin Uthappa 80(52) Score Card
11 May 18, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Won by 7 Wickets, MoM - Umesh Yadav 3/26 (4 Overs) Score Card
12 May 20, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Won by 8 Wickets, MoM - Robin Uthappa 67(39) Score Card
13 May 22, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 30 Runs, MoM - Robin Uthappa 83(51) Score Card
14 May 24, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Won by 4 Wickets, MoM - Yusuf Pathan 72(22) Score Card
15 May 28, 2014 Kings XI Punjab (Qualifier 1) Kolkata Won by 28 Runs, MoM - Umesh Yadav 3/13 (4 Overs) Score Card
16 June 1, 2014 Kings XI Punjab (Final) Bangalore Won by 3 Wickets, MoM – Manish Pandey 94(50) Score Card
Overall Record of 11 – 5

Champions of the 2014 Indian Premier League

Qualified for 2014 Champions League Twenty20

2015 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard link
1 April 8, 2015 Mumbai Indians Kolkata Won by 7 wickets, MoM - Morne Morkel 2/18 (4 Overs) Scorecard
2 April 11, 2015 Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Lost by 3 wickets Scorecard
3 April 18, 2015 Kings XI Punjab Pune Won by 4 wickets, MoM - Andre Russell 66(36) and 2/39 (4 Overs) Scorecard
4 April 20, 2015 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 6 wickets, MoM - Umesh Yadav 2/18 (4 Overs) Scorecard
5 April 22, 2015 Sunrisers Hyderabad Vishakapatnam Lost by 16 runs (D/L) Scorecard
6 April 26, 2015 Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Match abandoned without a ball bowled Scorecard
7 April 28, 2015 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 2 runs Scorecard
8 April 30, 2015 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Won by 7 wickets, MoM - Andre Russell 55(32) and 2/20 (4 Overs) Scorecard
9 May 2, 2015 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
10 May 4, 2015 Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Won by 35 runs, MoM - Umesh Yadav 2/34 (4 Overs) Scorecard
11 May 7, 2015 Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 13 Runs, MoM - Piyush Chawla 4/32 (4 Overs) and 22(19) Scorecard
12 May 9, 2015 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 1 wicket, MoM - Andre Russell 51(21) Scorecard
13 May 14, 2015 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 5 runs Scorecard
14 May 16, 2015 Rajasthan Royals Mumbai Lost by 9 runs Scorecard
Overall record of 7 - 6 (One match abandoned)

Failed to make Play-offs, ended 5/8

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
Result summary in Champions League
Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
Auckland Aces 2011–2012 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Chevrolet Warriors 2011–2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Delhi Daredevils 2012–2012 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Perth Scorchers 2012–2014 2 1 0 0 1 100.00
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011–2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Somerset Sabres 2011–2011 2 0 2 0 0 0.00
South Australia Redbacks 2011–2011 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Nashua Titans 2012–2012 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 1 0 0 0 100.00
Lahore Lions 2014-2014 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
No longer plays T20 Cricket.

2011 Champions League Twenty20

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Match Scorecard
1 19 September (Qualifier #1) Auckland Aces Hyderabad Won by 2 runs, MoM- Manvinder Bisla 45 (32) Scorecard
2 21 September (Qualifier #2) Somerset Sabres Hyderabad Lost by 11 runs Scorecard
3 25 September Somerset Sabres Hyderabad Lost by 5 wickets Scorecard
4 27 September South Australian Redbacks Hyderabad Lost by 19 runs Scorecard
5 29 September Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 9 wickets, MoM- Jacques Kallis 64* (47) and 1/28 (4 Overs) Scorecard
6 1 October Chevrolet Warriors Bangalore Won by 22 runs (D/L) Scorecard
Overall Record of 1–1 in the Qualifier and 2–2 in CLT20 2011

Failed to reach Semifinals, finished 5/10 (13)

2012 Champions League Twenty20

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Match Scorecard
1 13 October Delhi Daredevils Centurion Lost by 52 runs Scorecard
2 15 October Auckland Aces Cape Town Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
3 17 October Perth Scorchers Durban Match abandoned due to rain Scorecard
4 21 October Titans Cape Town Won by 99 runs, MoM – Debabrata Das – 43* (19) Scorecard
Overall Record of 1–2 (One match abandoned) in CLT20 2012

Failed to reach Semifinals, finished 6/10 (14)

2014 Champions League Twenty20

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Match Scorecard
1 17 September Chennai Super Kings Hyderabad Won by 3 wickets, MoM - Andre Russell 58 (25) and 0/12 (1 over) Scorecard
2 21 September Lahore Lions Hyderabad Won by 4 wickets, MoM - Sunil Narine 3/9 (4 overs) Scorecard
3 24 September Perth Scorchers Hyderabad Won by 3 wickets, MoM - Kuldeep Yadav 3/24 (4 overs), 1 catch Scorecard
4 29 September Dolphins Hyderabad Won by 36 runs, MoM - Robin Uthappa 85 (55) Scorecard
5 2 October (Semifinal) Hobart Hurricanes Hyderabad Won by 7 wickets, MoM - Jacques Kallis 54* (40) Scorecard
6 4 October (Final) Chennai Super Kings Bangalore Lost By 8 Wickets Scorecard
Overall Record of 5-1 in CLT20 2014

Finished as Runners-Up 2/10 (14)

See also

References

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External links

  • Official website
  • Official Fan Club (Knight Club)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders on IPL Twenty20
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