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Kolkata Knight Riders (Bengali: কলকাতা নাইট রাইডর্স)(also referred to as KKR) is the franchise representing Kolkatamarker in the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket tournament. The team is led by Sourav Ganguly, and coached by Matthew Mott. Sourav Ganguly is the team's Icon Player. 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 black and gold. As per the study done by leading brand valuation companies, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are ranked the most valuable franchise brand at US$42.1million. Celebrity co-owner Shah Rukh Khan’s hard-selling of the KKR brand has counteracted the team’s poor on-field performance.

Franchise History

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, Jai Mehta.

2008 IPL Season

Performance

The Knight Riders had a good beginning to the season by winning their first two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. 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. 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.When their match against Delhi Daredevils was washed out due to rain, they lost any chance of making it to the semifinals.. The Knight Riders ended their season on a winning note by defeating Kings XI Punjab on their home ground.

Controversy

There were reports of a rift between Shahrukh Khan and Sourav Ganguly over various issues such as team composition, Sourav's choice of batting first in the game against Chennai Super Kings, entertainment tax being imposed for matches played at Eden Gardens (Shahrukh reportedly wanted Sourav to speak to the West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya about it, which was refused by Sourav). 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 Sourav. However, the team management issued a statement that the reports of a possible rift are untrue.

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..

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.

Financial

Financially, the Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of Rs. 13 crore.

2009 IPL Season

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.

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. Rumors are that John Buchanan wanted Ganguly out. First, he floated a series of theories discussing "multiple-captains" before completely undermining Ganguly's captaincy. 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 coach and team members, post-match parties and pre-match strategy. More controversy arose when there were accusations of a racial rift between KKR coaches and players.

Cheer Leaders

KKR would be the first team in IPL who will be finding its 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.

Livery

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. A Knight Rider album with several singers and music composers including Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri will also be created. The tag line of the team is All the King's Men. The team's official colours are black and gold. Black stands for the courage of Maa Kali and gold stands for the spirit of winning. The jersey was created by Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra. 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 Hooghlymarker. The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view the kids and the youth.

Kolkata dropped from Kolkata Knight Riders merchandise

The Knight Riders merchandise have dropped 'Kolkata' from its merchandise fuelling controversy that the team base may be shifted to Ahmedabad next year.

Players

Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team is the icon player and led the Kolkata franchise. The team also includes the allrounder Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Moises Henriques, wicket keeper batsman Brendon McCullum, Wriddhiman Saha. The main bowlers are Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik.Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting who played only a few matches in 2008 season before returning to National duties, has pulled off from IPL2 due to personal reasons. Australian batsman Brad 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 Pakistani players unavailability in 2009 Team has to suspend contract of key performer of 2008 season Umar Gul..Middle order Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been ruled out of the IPL Season 2 due to knee injury which he got during practice session in training camp at South Africa. Wicket Keeper Wriddhiman Saha was also injured in the same camp but he will be available selection after 3 games.

On April 26, 2009, KKR administration sent back two of its players Akash Chopra and Sanjay Bhangar on the premises of poor performance. But there is 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 has been creating ripples with inside information on KKR team.



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Fixtures and Results

Overall results

Summary of results
Wins Loses No Result % Win
2008 6 7 1 45%
2009 3 10 1 21%
Total 9 17 2 32%


2008 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 18 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangaloremarker Won by 140 runs, MoM – Brendon McCullum – 158* (73)
2 20 April Deccan Chargers Kolkatamarker Won by 5 wickets, MoM – David Hussey – 38*
3 26 April Chennai Super Kings Chennaimarker Lost by 9 wickets
4 29 April Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 7 wickets
5 1 May Rajasthan Royals Jaipurmarker Lost by 45 runs
6 3 May Kings XI Punjab Mohalimarker Lost by 9 runs
7 8 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkatamarker Won by 5 runs, MoM – Sourav Ganguly – 20 (22) and 1/7 (3 overs)
8 11 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabadmarker Won by 23 runs, MoM – Sourav Ganguly – 91 (57), 2/25 (4 overs) and 2 catches
9 13 May Delhi Daredevils Kolkatamarker Won by 23 runs, MoM – Shoaib Akhtar – 4/11 (3 overs)
10 16 May Mumbai Indians Mumbaimarker Lost by 8 wickets
11 18 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkatamarker Lost by 3 runs (decided by D/L method due to rain interruption)
12 20 May Rajasthan Royals Kolkatamarker Lost by 6 wickets
13 22 May Delhi Daredevils Delhimarker Match abandoned due to rain
14 25 May Kings XI Punjab Kolkatamarker Won by 3 wickets, MoM – Umar Gul – 4/23 (4 overs) and 24 (11)


2009 season

Date Opponent Venue Result
April 19 Deccan Chargers Cape Townmarker Lost by 8 wickets
April 21 Kings XI Punjab Durbanmarker Won by 11 runs (D/L Method), MoM – Chris Gayle – 44* (26)
April 23 Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabethmarker Lost by 3 runs in Super Over
April 25 Chennai Super Kings Cape Townmarker Match abandoned due to intermittent rain
April 27 Mumbai Indians Port Elizabethmarker Lost by 92 runs
April 29 Royal Challengers Bangalore Durbanmarker Lost by 5 wickets
May 1 Mumbai Indians Durbanmarker Lost by 9 runs
May 3 Kings XI Punjab East Londonmarker Lost by 6 wickets
May 5 Delhi Daredevils Durbanmarker Lost by 9 wickets
May 10 Delhi Daredevils Johannesburgmarker Lost by 7 Wickets
May 12 Royal Challengers Bangalore Pretoriamarker Lost by 6 wickets
May 16 Deccan Chargers Port Elizabethmarker Lost by 6 wickets
May 18 Chennai Super Kings Pretoriamarker Won by 7 wickets MoM Bradley Hodge 71*(44)
May 20 Rajasthan Royals Durbanmarker Won by 4 wickets MoM Laxmi Shukla 48*(46)


2010 season

Date Opponent Venue Result
March 12 Deccan Chargers Hyderabadmarker
March 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkatamarker
March 16 Chennai Super Kings Kolkatamarker
March 20 Rajasthan Royals Ahmedabadmarker
March 22 Mumbai Indians Mumbaimarker / Nagpurmarker
March 25 Delhi Daredevils Kolkatamarker
March 27 Kings XI Punjab Mohalimarker
March 29 Delhi Daredevils Delhimarker
April 1 Deccan Chargers Kolkatamarker
April 4 Kings XI Punjab Kolkatamarker
April 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangaloremarker
April 13 Chennai Super Kings Chennaimarker
April 17 Rajasthan Royals Kolkatamarker
April 19 Mumbai Indians Kolkatamarker


References

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  2. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/kolkata-droppedkolkata-knight-riders/355870/


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