Introduction to Kolkata Knight Riders Team
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is a franchise cricket team that represents the city of Kolkata, West Bengal in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team was founded in 2008 and is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla, and her spouse Jay Mehta. The team plays their home matches at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.
KKR has won the IPL championship twice, in 2012 and 2014. The team is known for its strong fan base in Kolkata and across India, and for its consistent performances in the IPL over the years. The team has had several notable players over the years, including Gautam Gambhir, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Dinesh Karthik. The current captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders is Eoin Morgan, the English cricketer, and the head coach is Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand cricketer.
KKR’s performance in the early seasons of the IPL was somewhat inconsistent, with the team finishing in the bottom half of the league table in the first three seasons. However, the team’s fortunes changed in 2011 when Gautam Gambhir was appointed as the captain.
Under Gambhir’s leadership, KKR reached the playoffs for the first time in 2011, finishing in fourth place. In 2012, the team won its first IPL championship by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. KKR’s second IPL title came in 2014 when they defeated Kings XI Punjab in the final.
In the subsequent seasons, KKR has been a consistent performer in the IPL, reaching the playoffs several times. The team has also produced several notable players over the years, including Gautam Gambhir, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Dinesh Karthik.
Overall, KKR has been a successful team in the IPL, with a strong fan base in Kolkata and across India. The team’s brand value has also grown significantly over the years, making it one of the most valuable franchises in the league.
Owners and Management
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is still co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla, and her spouse Jay Mehta.
The team’s management for the 2023 season is yet to be officially announced by the Kolkata Knight Riders Sports Private Limited, the subsidiary of Red Chillies Entertainment Private Limited that manages the team. However, it is expected that Venky Mysore will continue to serve as the CEO of KKR.
The head coach of KKR for the 2023 season is likely to be Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand cricketer who has been associated with the team as a player and a coach for several years. The team’s captain for the 2023 season is also yet to be officially announced, but it is expected that Eoin Morgan will continue to lead the team.
KKR Squad 2023, Retained Players List, Roles & Price Details:
KKR has a total of 22 players in their squad for the 16th edition. They bought 8 players in the auction and here’s how the team shaped like for the 2023 season:
The team is led by Nitish Rana, who is known for his aggressive captaincy and astute cricketing mind. He is well-supported by Head Coach Ricky Ponting, who is widely regarded as one of the best cricketing brains in the world.
|Shreyas Iyer||Batsman||INR 12.25 crores|
|Narayan Jagadeeshan||Wicketkeeper Batsman||INR 90 lakhs|
|David Wiese||Allrounder||INR 1 crore|
|Kulwant Khejroliya||Bowler||INR 20 lakhs|
|Suyash Sharma||Bowler||INR 20 lakhs|
|Lockie Ferguson||Bowler||INR 10 crores|
|Harshit Rana||Bowler||INR 20 lakhs|
|Venkatesh Iyer||Allrounder||INR 8 crores|
|Sunil Narine||Bowling Allrounder||INR 6 crores|
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz||Wicketkeeper Batter||INR 50 lakhs|
|Nitish Rana (c)||Batsman||INR 8 crores|
|Anukul Roy||Allrounder||INR 20 lakhs|
|Andre Russell||Allrounder||INR 12 crores|
|Rinku Singh||Batsman||INR 55 lakhs|
|Tim Southee||Bowler||INR 1.5 crores|
|Shardul Thakur||Bowler||INR 10.75 crores|
|Varun Chakravarthy||Bowler||INR 8 crores|
|Umesh Yadav||Bowler||INR 2 crores|
|Vaibhav Arora||Allrounder||INR 60 lakhs|
|Mandeep Singh||Batsman||INR 50 Lakhs|
|Liton Das||Wicketkeeper Batsman||INR 50 Lakhs|
|Shakib Al Hasan||Allrounder||INR 1.5 crore|
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team 2023 players list:
Nitish Rana (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Narayan Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Weise, Kulwant Khejrolia, Mandeep Singh, Litton Das, Jason Roy, Aarya Desai.