Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Vivo IPL- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)Team 2018 Squad


Indian Premier League
Gautam Gambhir
Jacques Kallis
Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment)
Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta (Mehta Group)
Team information
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Home ground
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Indian Premier League wins
2 (2012, 2014)

The Kolkata Knight Riders (also well-known by the acronym KKR) are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The permit is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The team is presently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Jacques Kallis. The home of the Knight Riders is Eden garden, 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 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. The Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s (14).

The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir, while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine. The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will act, 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, the second highest valuation after Mumbai Indians.

Franchise history

In 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created the cricket tournament Indian Premier League based on the Twenty20 form of the game. 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. 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. 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 Another franchise based t20 Global League cricket team Cape Town Knight Riders (CTKR).

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

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. Star Plus, Reebok, HDIL, Kit Kat, Sprite, Gitanjali Group, SB Nation, Doublemint, SAP AG, Red FM 93.5, Pan Vilas, Seiko, U.S. Polo Assn., Uber, Dish TV, CK Birla Group, Royal Stag, Sansui, Ola Cabs and Sony Music India 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$8.4 million). As of 2017, they have co-sponsorship deals with Jio, Lux Cozi, SRMB Steel, Exide, The Telegraph, Pepsi, Fever 104 FM, Colors Bangla, Greenply, Axis Bank and Kingfisher Premium along with several others.

Administration and support staff

  • Owners – Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment) - 55% shareholder, in partnership with Jay Mehta and Juhi Chawla (Mehta Group) - 45% shareholder
  • CEO and Managing Director – Venky Mysore
  • Director – Joy Bhattacharya
  • Head coach – Jacques Kallis
  • Assistant coach – Simon Katich
  • Bowling coach and mentor – Lakshmipathy Balaji
  • Fielding Coach – Mark Boucher
  • Physiotherapist – Andrew Leipus
  • Physical trainer – Adrian Le Roux
  • Data & video analyst – AR Srikkanth
Head coaches

  • John Buchanan - 2008–2009
  • Dav Whatmore - 2010–2011
  • Trevor Bayliss - 2012–2015
  • Jacques Kallis - 2016–present


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