Kolkata Knight Riders : The Star Team of the Indian Premier League

Kolkata Knight Riders, abbreviated as KKR is one of the eight teams that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise of Kolkata Knight Riders is owned by the famous Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, Indian Actress Juhi Chawla, and her husband and Indian Businessman Jay Mehta. Kolkata Knight Riders is considered as one of the most successful teams of IPL in the recent years. The team KKR has won the IPL title twice, for the first time in the year of 2012, and secondly in the year of 2014.

With the motto of ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re’, Kolkata Knight Riders plays under the captaincy of the Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir and is coached by former South African cricketer Jacques Kallis. The brand value of Kolkata Knight Riders is estimated to be the highest among all the teams of IPL, being approximated to be around $86 million in the year of 2015. Not only this, Kolkata Knight Riders also holds the record for the longest winning streak by an Indian Cricket Team in Twenty20 Format (14).

Kolkata Knight Riders : Meet the Players

Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the strongest teams that plays in the Indian Premier League. And undoubtedly, the credit for the success of the team goes to the players who have led the team towards triumph. Let’s have a look at the ardent players of this victorious team.

The Batsmen

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir is an Indian player and the current captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a left-handed batsman and is the leading run-scorer for KKR.

Robin Uthappa

Uthappa is a right-handed Indian batsman who made an outstandingdebut against England in 2006 with a total of 86 runs.

Suryakumar Yadav

A young player, Suryakumar Yadav is a right-handed batsman who made a successful debut in 2006 Ranji Trophy for Mumbai against Delhi.

Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey is best described as a dynamic middle-order batsman and a nimble fieldsman as well. He is also considered as one of the key players of KKR.

Chris Lynn

Lynn is an Australian batsman who plays domestic cricket for team Queensland. He is a right-handed batsman who formerly used to play in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sheldon Jackson

Jackson is an Indian right-handed batsman. Sheldon Jackson came into the spotlight when during the bountiful campaign of 2012-13 Ranji Campaign.

Colin Munro

Colin Munro is a left-handed batsman who made a prolific debut in the year of 2006. He is one of the newest faces in the team and hails from New Zealand.

Manan Sharma

Manan Sharma is a left-handed batsman born on 19 March who is the latest addition to Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Bowlers

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine is a famous Trinidadian off-spin bowler who plays for West Indies. He is one of the star players of Kolkata Knight Riders and is also the leading wicket-taker for KKR.

Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav’s story is one to be told. Son of a coal-mine worker, Yadav have defied all the odds and rose as one of the best bowlers of Indian Cricket Team in the contemporary.

Morné Morkel

Morné Morkel is a South African left-handed fast bowler. Morkel is described as a tall slender player with an outstanding height of 1.96m (6 ft. 5 in).

Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla is an Indian left-handed bowler who has played international cricket as well. He rose to prominence while he played for Indian under 19 team.

Jaydev Unadkat

Unadkat is a right-handed batsman. Jaydev Unadkat came into much attention while he debuted in 2010 for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Kuldeep Yadav

: Yadav is one of the youngest players of Kolkata Knight Riders who comes from a middle-class family. He is being regarded as the emerging star for KKR.

Ankit Rajpoot

: Yet another young player of Kolkata Knight Riders, Ankit Rajpoot is a right-handed bowler who made an outstanding debut in the Ranji Trophy during 2012-13.

The All-Rounders

Shakib Al Hasan

One of the most prominent players in the Bangladeshi Cricket Team, Shakib Al Hasan is an economical left-arm spinner and a middle order batsman.

Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan is an impressive Indian all-rounder. He is regarded as an aggressive right-handed batsman and an offbreak bowler. He is the elder half-brother of Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan.

Andre Russell

Andre Russell is a Jamaican all-rounder who plays International Cricket for the West Indies Team. He is also known as the biggest hitter of the cricket ball. Unfortunately, Russell has been recently banned from playing cricket for a year due to doping vicinity violation.

Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg is one of the most prominent all-rounders of Australia. Hogg is a lower-order left-handed batsman and a left-arm wrist spin bowler.

Rajagopal Sathish

Born on 14 January, Chennai Rajagopal Sathish is an Indian all-rounder who is a medium pacer, and a right-handed batsman.

Jason Holder

John Hastings is an Australian all-rounder. Hastings is a powerful lower-order batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler as well.

John Hastings

Colin Munro is a left-handed batsman who made a prolific debut in the year of 2006. He is one of the newest faces in the team and hails from New Zealand.

Manan Sharma

Manan Sharma is a left-handed batsman born on 19 March who is the latest addition to Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Big Shots of Kolkata Knight Riders

The game of cricket is a game of teamwork, but still, there are some cricketers who stand out with their outstanding potential and performances. Every team has some star performers who are the leading players and help their team to reach the path of victory. And Kolkata Knight Riders is no exception to this.So, here are the big shots of Kolkata Knight Riders. Have a look!

Gautam Gambhir : The success of the Kolkata Knight Riders can be credited to a major extent to the Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. It was in the year of 2011 when Gambhir was purchased by KKR for a record deal of $2.4 million. The team performed better from the previous year and it was in 2012 that the team won the IPL for the very first time. Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy once again proved to be very successful as the team clinched the title once again in 2014. He is currently the highest-scorer of KKR.

Sunil Narine : Sunil Narine is not only a key player for Kolkata Night Riders, but for the West Indies team as well. Sunil Narine is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the contemporary. He made his debut against the Indian Cricket team. Narine has majorly contributed in the victory of Kolkata Knight Riders in becoming the IPL winning team in 2012. He was the second-highest wicket taker in that season leading his team towards the major victory. Currently, Narine is the leading wicket-taker of KKR.

Shakib Al Hasan : Shakib Al Hasan is a famous all-rounder who hails from Bangladesh. He is considered as the best cricketer in the history of Bangladeshi cricket. Shakib is the very first cricketer to have been ranked in the No. 1 spot by ICC as the best all-rounder in all the 3 formats in its Player Rankings. Definitely a star player for Bangladesh, and for Kolkata Knight Riders as well.

The Emerging Stars of KKR

Whilst there are experienced and key players in a team, there are some young warriors who are all set to make their breakthrough and prove to be a potential star in the future. Here are some of the young emerging stars of KKR. Have a look!

Kuldeep Yadav : This 19-year-old cricketer comes from the small town of Kanpur, UP, India. He belongs to a middle-class family and is being considered as an emerging star for team Kolkata Knight Riders. Eyes will be set on Yadav to know whether this budding bowler would be able to show his potential or not.

Ankit Rajpoot : Another 19-year-old, Ankit Rajpoot is a medium pacer who hails from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This young gem has already given a glimpse of his flair in the 2012-13 session of Ranji Trophy. This youthful boy was successful enough to attract the attention of the management of IPL team Chennai Super Kings. With a strike-rate of 38.40, Rajpoot picked a total of 31 wickets. Definitely an emerging star!

The 2017 season of the Indian Premier League is all set to begin on 30 April 2017. Let’s hope Kolkata Knight Riders becomes successful in winning this time as well. Only time will tell.