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Kolkata Knight Riders (Bengali:) (often abbreviated as KKR) is the franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket tournament. The team is led by Sourav Ganguly, and coached by Dav Whatmore. Sourav Ganguly is the team’s Icon Player.

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The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (Bengali for We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are purple and gold. As per the recent study done by a UK based brand valuation company, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are ranked as the second most valuable franchise brand at US$46 million. 1] Celebrity co-owner Shahrukh Khan’s hard-selling of the KKR brand has counteracted the team’s poor on-field performance.

[2] They are the only team to have never made the semi-finals. Kolkata Knight Riders is one the 8 franchise teams taking part in the Indian Premier League. It was bought by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with Juhi Chawla Mehta and her husband Jay Mehta. [edit] 2008 IPL Season [edit] Performance The Kolkata Knight Riders had a good beginning to 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, which is a record for the highest runs ever scored by a batsman in a Twenty-20 match.

[3] However, the team started experiencing failures and lost consecutive four matches. The team managed to stage a comeback of sorts by winning next three matches based on strong performances by Sourav Ganguly and Shoaib Akhtar. But their performance dipped again and lost next three matches, which included their match against Mumbai Indians, in which they were bowled out for 67 runs, the lowest score by a team in IPL 2008 season. 4] When their match against Delhi Daredevils was washed out due to rain, they lost any chance of making it to the semifinals.

[5] The Knight Riders ended their season on a winning note by defeating Kings XI Punjab on their home ground. [edit] Controversy There were reports of a rift between Shahrukh Khan and Sourav Ganguly over various issues such as team composition, Ganguly’s choice of batting first in the game against Chennai Super Kings, entertainment tax being imposed for atches played at Eden Gardens (Shahrukh reportedly wanted Ganguly to speak to the West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya about it, which was refused by Ganguly).

[6] It was also reported that Shahrukh Khan bestowed more powers to John Buchanan including giving him full powers to select the team for the following year which was not liked by Ganguly.

[6] However, the team management issued a statement that the reports of a possible rift are untrue.

[7] Shahrukh Khan was further barred by the International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Unit from entering the dressing room of the team when matches were in progress.

Shahrukh Khan then issued a statement that he would be boycotting the remaining matches of the IPL till the code of conduct was clarified by the IPL authorities.

[8] There were also speculations that Kolkata Knight Riders will shift its base from Kolkata to Ahmedabad because of the money demanded by the C. A. B. But after a meeting with Jagmohan Dalmiya, Shah Rukh Khan assured everyone that his team will stay in Kolkata. [edit] Financial Financially, the Kolkata Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of Rs. 13 crore. 9] [edit] 2009 IPL Season [edit] Players Kolkata Knight Riders 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.

The most notable personnel move for Knight Riders came during the 2009 IPL Auction, where the team signed Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza. [edit] Controversy The rift between Sourav Ganguly and Shahrukh Khan took a new turn as Ganguly was removed from the captaincy in the 11th hour and replaced by Brendon McCullum. Rumours are that John Buchanan wanted Ganguly out. First, he floated a series of theories discussing “multiple-captains” before Ganguly was removed. Soon thereafter, a blog popped up on the web whose author is an anonymous blogger, who claims to be a member of the team and seems determined to reveal every team secret, warts and all.

The posts describe what the blogger claims are team meetings, arguments between staff and team members, post-match parties and pre-match strategy. [10] [edit] Cheer Leaders They were the first team in IPL to select their cheer leaders by a talent hunt show called Knights and Angels, judged by Sourav Ganguly and Guest Star and hosted by Bollywood actor Purab Kohli. However, the winning team did not get a chance to perform at games during the 2009 season since local authorities only allowed South African cheerleaders to be used. [edit] Livery KKR Merchandise The logo of the team consists of a blazing golden Viking helmet against a black background with the name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders written in gold. 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. [11] A Knight Rider album with several singers and music composers including Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri will also be created. [12] The tag line of the team is All the King’s Men. [11] The team’s official colours are purple and gold. The jersey was created by Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra. [11] The team also has a mascot named Hoog Lee, who is a lazy Royal Bengal Tiger and loves to eat burgers. The name is a pun on the river Hooghly.

The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view the kids and the youth. [11] [edit] Players A group of men standing, wearing black t-shirts and blue faded jeans. All of them are looking to the left of the image. The backdrop has alternate black and green boxes. Captain Ganguly with other cricketers of the Kolkata Knight Riders team during IPL 2009. Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team is the icon player and led the Kolkata franchise.

The team also includes 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 on 2008. On IPL Auction 2009 Team bought Bangladeshi All-Rounder Mashrafe Mortaza. Team also includes Charl Langeveldt who was signed outside of Auction. Due to unavailability of Pakistani players in 2009 KKR had to suspend contract of key performer from the 2008 season Umar Gul. 13][14] On 26 April 2009, KKR administration sent back two of its players Akash Chopra and Sanjay Bangar on the premises of poor performance.

But there was high media speculation that one or both of them have been caught or strongly suspected of being the “Fake IPL Player” responsible for the blog which had been creating ripples with inside information on KKR team. Shane Bond is the latest KKR acquisition after releasing Ricky Ponting, Morne van Wyk, Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Mohammed 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 are – Shane Bond, Mashrafe Mortaza, Brendon McCullum, Charl Langeveldt, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Owais Shah & Chris Gayle. [edit] Current squad THE KNIGHTS view

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• edit Batsmen * 03 England Owais Shah * 09 India Manoj Tiwary * 18 Australia Brad Hodge * 25 India Cheteshwar Pujara * — India Abbas Ali * — India Harsh Khadiwale * — India Chirag Pathak All Rounders * 01 India Sourav Ganguly (C) * 06 India Laxmi Ratan Shukla * 08 Australia David Hussey * 10 India Mandeep Singh * 27 India Rohan Gavaskar 45 Jamaica Chris Gayle * 69 Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews * — India Ganapathi Vignesh * — India Harpreet Singh Wicket Keepers * 33 India Wriddhiman Saha * 42 New Zealand Brendon McCullum Bowlers * 02 India Ashok Dinda * 11 India Murali Kartik * 13 India Ajit Agarkar * 19 India Iqbal Abdullah * 29 India Ishant Sharma * 34 New Zealand Shane Bond * 40 Sri Lanka Ajantha Mendis * 40 Bangladesh Mashrafe Bin Mortaza * 67 South Africa Charl Langeveldt * — India Eklakh Ahmed * — India Varun Aaron * — India Mohnish Parmar * — India Jaydeb Unadkat Support Staff * Head Coach: AustraliaDav Whatmore Assistant Coach: IndiaVijay Dahiya * Bowling Consultant: Pakistan Wasim Akram * Physiotherapist: Australia Andrew Leipus * Physical Trainer: Adrian Le Roux Former Players * Pakistan Umar Gul * Pakistan Salman Butt * Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez * Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar * Zimbabwe Tatenda Taibu * Australia Ricky Ponting * Australia Moises Henriques * South Africa Morne van Wyk * India Akash Chopra * India Sanjay Bangar From the Website * Squad * Coaching Staff * Team Blogs * Cricket Corner [edit] Administration * Owners – Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta (Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. * CEO — Joy Bhattacharya[15] [edit] Fixtures and results [edit] Overall results Summary of results Wins Losses No Result % Win Position 2008 6 7 1 45% 6 2009 3 10 1 21% 8 2010 7 7 0 50% 6[16] Total 16 24 2 40% [edit] 2008 season Kolkata Knight Riders IPL Fixtures No. Date Opponent Venue Result 1 18 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 140 runs, MoM – New Zealand Brendon McCullum – 158* (73) 2 20 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 5 wickets, MoM – Australia David Hussey – 38* 3 26 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 9 wickets 4 29 April Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 7 wickets 1 May Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 45 runs 6 3 May Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 9 runs 7 8 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 5 runs, MoM – India Sourav Ganguly – 20 (22) and 1/7 (3 overs) 8 11 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 23 runs, MoM – India Sourav Ganguly – 91 (57), 2/25 (4 overs) and 2 catches 9 13 May Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 23 runs, MoM – Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar – 4/11 (3 overs) 10 16 May Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 8 wickets 11 18 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 3 runs (decided by D/L method due to rain interruption) 12 20 May Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Lost by 6 wickets 3 22 May Delhi Daredevils Delhi Match abandoned due to rain 14 25 May Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 3 wickets, MoM – Pakistan Umar Gul – 4/23 (4 overs) and 24 (11) [edit] 2009 season Kolkata Knight Riders IPL2 Fixtures 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 – West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle – 44* (26) 23 April Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabeth Lost by 3 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- Australia Bradley Hodge 71*(44) 20 May Rajasthan Royals Durban Won by 4 wickets MoM- India Laxmi Shukla 48*(46) [edit] 2010 season Kolkata Knight Riders IPL2 Fixtures Date Opponent Venue Result 12 March Deccan Chargers Navi Mumbai Won by 11 runs MoM- Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews 65*(46) 14 March Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 7 wickets MoM- India 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- India Manoj Tiwary 75(47) 29 March Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 40 Runs April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 24 Runs MoM- India Sourav Ganguly 88(54) 4 April Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets 7 April Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 14 runs MoM- India 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- India Jaydev Unadkat (3/26) 19 April Mumbai Indians Kolkata Won by 9 wickets MoM- India Murali Kartik( 2 catches and 2 wickets ) [edit] References 1. ^ Brand IPL touches the sky . ^ “Kolkata Knight Riders is richest in IPL”. brandfinance. com. https://www. brandfinance. com/Uploads/pdfs/JBIPL070509. pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 3. ^ “McCullum’s record 158 leads rout”. Cricinfo. com. https://content-www. cricinfo. com/ci/content/story/346913. html. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 4. ^ “Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Mumbai”. Cricinfo. com. https://content-www. cricinfo. com/ci/content/team/335971. html. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 5. ^ “All over for Knight Riders in 2008 – Post Kotla washout, even a win in last match won’t be enough”. The Telegraph. https://www. telegraphindia. com/1080523/jsp/sports/story_9309469. jsp.

Retrieved 2008-05-23. 6. ^ a b “All is not well between SRK and Ganguly”. The Economic Times. https://economictimes. indiatimes. com/PoliticsNation/Rift_between_SRK_and_Ganguly/articleshow/3058154. cms. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 7. ^ “No rift between Shah Rukh and Ganguly: Knight Riders”. The Hindu. https://www. hinduonnet. com/holnus/007200805211821. htm. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 8. ^ “SRK says he will boycott remaining matches of IPL”. Ibnlive. com. https://www. bnlive. com/news/srk-says-he-will-boycott-remaining-matches-of-ipl/65781-5. html. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 9. ^ Indian Premier League 10. ^ “The Fake IPL Blogger”. CricketVoice. https://www. cricketvoice. com/cricketforum2/index. php/topic,19774. 0. html. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 11. ^ a b c d “King Khan launches Kolkata Knight Riders”. Yahoo. 2008-03-11. https://in. news. yahoo. com/ani/20080311/r_t_ani_sp/tsp-king-khan-launches-kolkata-knight-ri-61d3b88. html.

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