The Kolkata Knight Riders also famous for the acronym KKR is the franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchisers are famous Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta and they bought it for a price of $75.09 million, equal to approximately Rs. 2.98 billion at that time. Presently, the team is coached by Jacques Kallis. The home of KKR is Eden Gardens, the largest cricket stadium in India and the second largest in the world by seating capacity.
KKR is one of the finest team in the IPL tournament and is the two times title winner in the reign of Gautam Gambhir as a skipper of the Team for back six years. Gautam Gambhir was brought to KKR after the dismissal of Sourav Ganguly from the team and there was very much disappointed in the crowd after it and there was a protest against the franchiser SRK of this team. Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian Captain was the icon player of this team and led the franchise in 2008 and 2010 season.
Kolkata Knight Riders team hold the record for longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s. Although the team is famous for its owner SRK, controversies and poor on-field performance for the first three years if IPL but after it, the performance was upgraded to the certain extent. They became the title winner for the first time by beating Chennai Super Kings in 2012 and second time by beating Kings XI Punjab in 2014. KKR IPL Team is listed many times in the playoffs due to its good performance.
0n January 2018, they only retained West Indian all-rounders, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. Their two-time title-winning captain Gautam Gambhir was released.
Some Interesting Stats about KKR
HIGHEST STRIKE RATE:
A. D. RUSSELL (2014-16)
Matches: 27 Inn: 21 innings Runs: 516
S/R: 177.31 100’s: 0 50’s: 3 4’s: 45 6’s: 34
HIGHEST STRIKE RATE IN AN INNINGS:
Yousuf Pathan v/s Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata
Runs: 72 Ball: 22 4’s: 5 6’s: 7 S/R: 327.7
The title of most fifties from the Kolkata Knight Rider team goes to the skipper of the team till 2017 i.e. Gautam Gambhir. He made 27 fifties while playing from the side of kkr.
The man with most fifties also wears the cap of the most ducks i.e. Gambhir.
He scored ducks in 10 matches in the career of ipl while playing from the side of KKR.
SMALLEST MARGIN VICTORY:
Kolkata Knight Riders has won a match from ipl team RCB with a margin of only 2 runs on the Sharjah ground on 24 April 2014.
MOST RUNS BY ANY PLAYER:
Again Gambhir has secured the place of the most runs by any player through his continuous performance.
Matches: 108 Innings: 108 NO: 12 Runs: 3035
High Score: 93 Avg: 31.61 S/R: 124.28
100’s: 0 `50’s: 27 4’s: 352 6’s: 46
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCORE BY ANY PLAYER:
Brendon McCullum secured this place on the very first match playing in the first IPL tournament in 2008. He made 158* while playing 73 balls hitting 10 4’s and 13 6’s with a strike rate of 216.43.
He also holds the record of most sixes in an inning with a number of 13.
He is the only player to hit a century from the Kolkata Knight Rider team.
CA LYNN made 378 runs while playing only 11 matches making an avg of 42.00 with a strike rate of 161.53. KKR is been benefitted from this overseas player at very crucial times.
This title goes for the hunter of the ball and a famous hitter of sixes named as YOUSUF PATHAN with a number of 85 on the board.
MOST RUNS IN A SERIES:
This cap goes with ROBBIN UTHAPPA an Indian Player. He has made 660 runs in 16 matches with a high score of 83* with a strike rate of 137.78. IPL KKR Team has enjoyed his batting a lot by scoring good figures in many matches.
This award goes for the overseas player Sunil Naraine(2012-17) by taking 95 wickets in 82 matches with a best of 5/19 and saving an economy of 6.33.
He took 6 times 4 wicket in a match.
He is the only player from kkr to take 5 wickets in an innings.
He also holds the record of Most wicket-taker in the series by scoring 24 on the board.
Moreover, this is not the end of the record as Kolkata Knight Riders has retained Sunil Naraine in the squad of 2018 IPL KKR team.
This title is caught by MK Tiwary(2012-2013) by taking 30 catches in total and a max of 3 catches in a match.
Gambhir and Lynn hold this title by scoring 184* v/s Gujrat Lions in Rajkot.
MOST MATCHES AS A CAPTAIN:
This is again Gambhir on the stage for playing 108 matches and winning 61 and losing 46 with 1 Tie match.
BY RUNS: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 140 runs margin v/s RCB.
BY WICKETS: KKR won by 10 wickets with 31 balls remaining v/s Gujrat Lions.
This is not the end of the era, there is manything more to be defined again or we may say that there are many new things to occur with KKR in upcoming IPL seasons as SRK is with a new Plan and figures for the team. Now we just have to wait for the time to watch the fun unlimited with Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018.