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Kolkata Knight Riders
কলকাতা নাইট রাইডার্স
Kolkata Knight Riders Logo.svg
Captain: Gautam Gambhir
Coach: Trevor Bayliss
City: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Colours: KKR
Owner: Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment)
Juhi Chawla, Jai Mehta (Mehta Group)
Founded: 2008
Home ground: Eden Gardens
(Capacity: 80,000)
Indian Premier League wins: 2 (2012, 2014)
CLT20 wins 0
Official website: kkr.in

Kolkata Knight Riders (Bengali: কলকাতা নাইট রাইডার্স, often abbreviated as KKR) is a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League and owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. Sourav Ganguly, who was the team's Icon Player for the first three seasons, captained the side in the first and third seasons of the tournament while Brendon McCullum led the team in the intervening period. The team won its first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai.[1]

The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do, We will Fight, We will Win) and the official colors are purple and gold. The brand value of the Kolkata Knight Riders was estimated at $57.5 million in 2011, ranking third amongst all ten teams.[2] 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.[2] The team's performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs and made it to the Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012 and repeated the achievement in 2014, defeating Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets in the final.[1]

The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir,[3] while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine.[4] The home of the Kolkata Knight Riders is Eden Gardens, the largest cricket stadium in India and the third largest in the world by seating capacity.[5]

Franchise history[edit]

Two middle-aged males and one female standing. The man in the middle wears a black suit and carries a golden colored casket. The other man to his right wears a black suit and speaks in a microphone. The lady on the left wears a white shirt and black skirt. Her hair is brownish and falls in locks around her.
Sourav Ganguly with the symbol of the Kolkata Knight Riders, flanked by Shahrukh Khan on the left and Gauri Khan on the right.
(L-R)Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta, co-owners of KKR in 2012.

In 2008, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created the cricket tournament Indian Premier League based on the Twenty20 form of the game.[6] 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 INR 3 billion, around $75 million at that time.[7] 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.

Indian Premier League[edit]

2008 IPL season[edit]

The Kolkata Knight Riders made a good start the season by winning their first two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. Kolkata Knight Riders' opening batsman Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs in the first match. However, the team began to experience failures and lost the next four matches. The team managed to stage a comeback of sorts by winning the next three matches, helped by strong performances by Sourav Ganguly and Shoaib Akhtar. But their performance dipped again and they lost the next three matches. These included their match against Mumbai Indians, in which they were bowled out for 67 runs, the lowest score by a team in the IPL 2008 season.[8] When their match against Delhi Daredevils was washed out due to rain, they lost any chance of making it to the semi finals.[9] The Knight Riders ended their season on a winning note by defeating Kings XI Punjab on their home ground.

The team faced various issues in its first season such as team composition, Ganguly's choice of batting first in the game against Chennai Super Kings, entertainment tax being imposed for matches played at Eden Gardens.[10] Shahrukh Khan was barred by the International Cricket Council from entering the dressing room of the team when matches were in progress. He then issued a statement that he would be boycotting the remaining matches of the IPL until the code of conduct was clarified by the IPL authorities.[11]

Financially, the Kolkata Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of INR130 million (US$2.1 million) in the opening season itself.[12]

2009 IPL season[edit]

The season was by far the worst in the history of the franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders finished at the bottom of the ranking table with three wins and ten losses including a string of nine successive defeats. KKR 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.

On 18 April 2009 a blog by an anonymous author claiming to be a member of the team surfaced on the web. The blog was controversial from the start, giving unflattering nicknames to players, coaches, and owners of KKR and other teams, telling sordid stories, and showing most of them in a very negative light.[13] The blog rapidly became popular and created a lot of media frenzy.[13] The blog worsened an already bad season for KKR, which lost most of their games, had controversies surrounding their coach, John Buchanan, and frequently changed captains, including Sourav Ganguly and Brendon McCullum based on a series of theories discussing "multiple-captains".[14] In August 2010, Bangalore based marketing specialist Anupam Mukerji revealed himself to be the person behind the blog. He said he had "never met a cricketer in his life", and was just making up stories. He never expected it to become this big, he remarked, adding that the Fake Player ended up getting legitimized by the media frenzy. He was inspired by the popularity of a similar blog by Fake Steve Jobs, and the Richard Gere movie The Hoax.[15][16][17]

KKR also set up a Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) in 2009 to spot local talent nationwide. This was based on BCCI's 2002–06 model which had discovered talents like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. The wing was headed by Makarand Wainganker, who had first initiated the TRDW concept for the KSCA.[18] However, Wainganker eventually resigned after persistent disagreements with John Buchanan over team selection and Buchanan's "multiple captains" theory.[19] KKR were the first team in IPL to select their cheerleaders by a talent hunt show called Knights and Angels, judged by Sourav Ganguly and other guest stars and hosted by Bollywood actor Purab Kohli. However, the six girls who were part of the winning team did not get a chance to perform during the 2009 season since local authorities only allowed South African cheerleaders to be hired.[20] Despite not performing, they were presented with the opportunity to accompany the team and watch the matches in South Africa in a nine days all-expense paid trip.[20]

Despite the poor on field performance of the team and its struggle at the bottom of the points table, the Kolkata Knight Riders has been ranked as the richest team in the tournament with a brand value of $42.1 million.[21] The study conducted by a UK-based international brand valuation consultancy took into account various revenue lines such as broadcasting, IPL sponsorship, team sponsorship, merchandising and gate receipts as well as the effect of performance, the catchment population of the city, the capacity of the stadium and the presence of iconic players.[21]

2010 IPL season[edit]

The Kolkata Knight Riders traded Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah.[22] At the Player auctions they managed to successfully buy Shane Bond in the silent tie-breaker against competing bids from Deccan Chargers for $1.3 million.[23] Ganguly was once again given the captaincy of KKR, after the team ended at the bottom in the second season. The coach John Buchanan was replaced by Dav Whatmore.

The Kolkata Knight Riders had a fantastic start to the season with two consecutive wins against Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. That was followed by three defeats at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. The Knight Riders then made a come back by winning most of their homes games against Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils. Despite being tied at 14-point with The Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, a lesser NRR meant they eventually finished sixth on the point table.

2011 IPL season[edit]

In this edition of the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders decided to revamp the team, starting with a new look and by changing the entire set of players. the previous year's captain was dropped in the IPL auction held earlier that year. Gautam Gambhir, who was bought for a record-breaking $2.4 million was appointed as skipper. KKR also managed to buy Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million. Other international names were added to the sq­, including allrounder Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Ryan ten Doeschate.[24] Brad Haddin was replaced by Mark Boucher in mid-season due to a finger injury he sustained during practice.[25]

The Kolkata Knight Riders had a disappointing start of season, losing to Chennai Super Kings by 2 runs. But they came back stronger, winning their next three matches against Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata and Jaipur respectively. After two consecutive defeats in their home ground, the team had a string of wins against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers. They went on to win two of the remaining four matches; one against Chennai super kings in Kolkata and the other against Pune Warriors India in Navi Mumbai which enabled them to qualify for the playoffs for the first time.[26] In the eliminator they lost to Mumbai Indians owing to a last over by Lakshmipathy Balaji which conceded 21 runs, losing their chance to enter the semi-finals for the first time.[26]

In the 2011 edition of the IPL, Sourav Ganguly was not picked by the owners and team officials. This created a huge uproar in Kolkata. The angry fans created a protest group called No Dada No KKR.[27] This was followed by a silent protest rally, signature campaigns throughout the country and abroad and stadium protests.[27] But the uproar came to an halt and the fans' reactions gradually improved as the team's performance began to improve and the Eden Gardens stadium began to witness a huge capacity.[28][29] KKR finished amongst the top of teams after the completion of the mid season game-play.[26]

2012 IPL season[edit]

Due to the disbanding of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, each team played the remaining eight teams twice, once at home and once away. Therefore each team played 16 matches. KKR bought back Brendon McCullum for $900,000 and West Indies Sunil Narine for $700,000. They also bought South-African Marchant de Lange for $50,000. The team replaced coach Dav Whatmore by Trevor Bayliss.[30] Kolkata Knight Riders also launched a new marketing campaign titled "New Dawn. New Knights" and a new logo.[31] The 2012 IPL was the most successful season for the franchise, winning the IPL trophy for the first time in IPL history.[32] KKR got off to a poor start in the tournament, losing their first two games against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. However, they fought back with consecutive wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. In the next match, however, they messed up an easy chase against Kings XI Punjab, losing narrowly by 2 runs. KKR's West Indian spinner Sunil Narine took the only five-wicket haul of the tournament (5–19) in that match and despite his team losing, he was declared as the Man of The Match. KKR then went on to win six matches in a row (except for a washed-out match against Deccan Chargers). However, the team's performances dipped in the following two matches, losing against Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Eventually the team had a timely return to form, when they beat Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India in successive away matches, with the side bowling economically to defend average totals. This earned a second place finish for the team at the end of the league stage and a semi-final match against Delhi Daredevils. An all-round performance from them saw Delhi being defeated by 18 runs, and KKR also qualifying for their maiden IPL final.

The final between the Knight Riders and the defending two-time champions Chennai Super Kings was held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.[33] A hamstring injury to Lakshmipathy Balaji resulted the inclusion of Australian Brett Lee and this inclusion of another foreign player required the team to leave out their wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum of New Zealand to maintain the cap of 4 foreign players. Wicket-keeper batsman Manvinder Bisla was brought in to replace McCullum.[33] The team eventually won the match with the help of some impressive batting performance by Bisla (89 from 48 balls) and Jacques Kallis (69 from 49 balls) to become the champions of the tournament for the first time.[33] Manvinder Bisla was declared Man of the Match and Sunil Narine was named Man of the Series.[33]

There were some eye-catching performers for KKR in IPL 5, particularly on the bowling front. Sunil Narine was the second-highest wicket-taker as well as player of the tournament, and also had the best economy rate in the tournament.[34] Lakshmipathy Balaji had the second best economy rate.[34] Shakib Al Hasan, Iqbal Abdulla, Yusuf Pathan, Brett Lee, and Jacques Kallis also starred with the ball.[34] The batting was led by skipper Gautam Gambhir, who was the second-highest run-getter of the tournament and scored 6 half-centuries out of a total of 11 from his team.[35] Manvinder Bisla, McCullum, and Manoj Tiwary all contributed a half-century, and Kallis scored two, while Debabrata Das played an excellent finishing role for them.[35] Manvinder Bisla was their star performer in the final, playing a match winning knock[36]

The state of West Bengal set up a grand felicitation involving Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Governor of West Bengal M K Narayanan .[37] The Cricket Association of Bengal gifted the 17 members of the team with gold chain each and mementos.[37] A victory parade for the team members was also organized on 28 May beginning from Hazra, Writers Building to the Eden Garden stadium where ten thousand spectators came to cheer for the team during a one-hour celebration that was compared to the India's World Cup victory lap at the Wankhede in Mumbai the year before.[37] However, the celebration received criticism from media and certain political parties and has been ridiculed by some pols of society as it had only been organised for a club team.[37] Shahrukh Khan, the team's co-owner and the state's brand ambassador, defended the decision. "[37]

2013 IPL season[edit]

KKR had a disappointing IPL season in 2013, where they were seventh in position after losing 10 times and winning only six times. Although their performance was disappointing, a few players performed really well, like Sunil Narine who took 22 wickets in 16 matches and Gautam Gambhir who made some good runs. But due to lack of rhythm and perfect combination of players, and bad form of a few players, the KKR could not win few easy matches and ended up at seventh.

2014 IPL season[edit]

Knight Riders retained only their captain Gambhir and spinner Sunil Narine as they went into the 2014 IPL auctions. They bought back Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manvinder Bisla and Ryan Ten Doeschate. New additions to the side were Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar along with some other uncapped and foreign players. KKR had a mediocre start to the seventh edition in UAE; they won 2 out of 5 games played there but lost two more matches after they were back in India, making it five losses in seven games. The team changed their batting order, promoting Robin Uthappa as an opener which worked well as he became the highest runscorer in the tournament with 660 runs. Sunil Narine continued his great run, being the second highest wicket taker. Knight Riders recovered from the losing streak, winning each of their next 7 games. After the group stage, they were tied at 18 points with Chennai Super Kings but beat them to the second place in points table. They played the first Qualifier at their homeground Eden Gardens against Kings XI Punjab which they won by 28 runs and entered the final. In the final at Bengaluru, they met Kings XI again and defeated them by 3 wickets in a thrilling chase, to win their second title in 3 years. The victory was celebrated grandly in a similar fashion to their 2012 Indian Premier League title win.

Champions League Twenty20[edit]

2011 CLT20 season[edit]

KKR's top four finish meant they would now participate in the qualifying league for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20, held from 19 to 21 September. Captain Gautam Gambhir wasn't able to lead the team during the qualifying stage, as he has been recovering from an injury he sustained during a Test match between India and England at The Oval. Jacques Kallis was the appointed captain in Gambhir's absence. However, Gambhir returned to lead the team in the Group stage. KKR was also without the services of Eoin Morgan, who was due to have a shoulder surgery, and Mark Boucher who was playing for Warriors.

They were drawn along with Somerset and Auckland Aces in Pool B. Both of their matches were initially to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, but was later moved to the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. They recorded a 2-run victory in their first match against Auckland Aces, thanks to brilliant spells from Iqbal Abdulla and Yusuf Pathan. Their next match against Somerset Sabres ended in an 11-run defeat. However, both teams qualified for the main tournament by finishing on a better NRR+ than Sri Lankan franchise Ruhuna Rhinos of Pool A.

The team was later placed with Somerset, Southern Redbacks, Warriors and fellow IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore in Group B. They lost their first two matches against Somerset Sabres and Southern Redbacks. They made an impressive comeback by winning the last two games, first by 9 wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore and a rain affected 22 run victory by (D/L) against Warriors. However, despite being tied on points, they could not make the semi-final due to a lesser NRR+ than the Royal Challengers. They ended up fifth on the overall points table.

2012 CLT20 season[edit]

KKR's maiden IPL victory in 2012 meant that they would now participate in the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 which was held in South Africa. They were in Group A along with Delhi Daredevils, Perth Scorchers, Auckland Aces and Titans. But disappointingly, they were eliminated in the group stage itself, winning only one game against the Titans, which they did so with a record breaking 99 run margin. This was the highest victory margin ever recorded in the CLT20 tournament. Losses to Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces followed by a washed out game against Perth meant that KKR finished 3rd in Group A and failed to qualify for the knock out stages of the tournament.[38]

Livery[edit]

Former logo (2008–2011) of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Initially, when Kolkata knight Riders were first introduced in 2008, the logo of the team consisted of a blazing golden Viking helmet against a black background with the name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders written in gold next to it. However, the black background was changed to purple in the third season. In 2012, a new logo, which consist of a blazing purple Corinthian helmet trimmed with gold, with Kolkata Knight Rider written within a shield has been introduced.[39] The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view the kids and the youth.

The tag line of the team was "All the King's Men" during the first four season.[40] However, in the fifth it was replaced by "New Dawn, New Knights". The team's official colours were black and gold during the first two seasons. Khan explained that "golden symbolizes spirit of life and black presents the Goddess Kali. "[40] It was later changed to purple and gold during the third season and was kept so. The jersey was created by Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra.[40]

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.[40] A Knight Rider album with several singers and music composers including Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri was also created.[41] In 2009, A music video for one of the songs from the album, called "Too Hot, Too cool" directed by Farah Khan and featuring Khan and some of the members of the team was filmed in helipad area in Film City, Mumbai. The theme of the video centred around the African wild life as the IPL 2's venue had been shifted to South Africa at the time.[42]

Home ground[edit]

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 Pavilion End). Owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal, it is the largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of more than 70,000.[43] In 2011, the stadium was renovated to meet the standards set by the ICC for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. 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.[44] In 2013, two of the team's home matches were hosted by the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.

Panoramic View of the Eden Gardens Stadium during IPL 2008

Personnel[edit]

Head Coach

Sponsors and partners[edit]

Nokia is the official founding sponsor of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Finnish multinational communications corporation – Nokia is the official founding sponsor of the Kolkata Knight Riders, while Reebok was their official apparel sponsor.[47][48] In 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders had 18 sponsors, the highest among all teams.[2] Star Plus, Kit Kat, Dish TV and Linc Pens have been some of their principal sponsors over the years.[49] Former sponsors and official partners include Coca Cola, Gitanjali Group, Rose Valley, SB Nation, Doublemint and Amity University.

As of 2014, other than Nokia, they have sponsorship deals with Royal Stag, Sansui Electric, U.S. Polo Assn., The Telegraph, Fever 104 FM, Amazon.com, Seiko and SAP AG among several others.[49]

Players[edit]

Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team was the icon player and led the Kolkata franchise in the inaugural season 2008 and 2010. He was released during the 2011 season. The earlier team also included all rounders Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Angelo Mathews, wicket keeper batsmen Brendon McCullum, Wriddhiman Saha. The main bowlers are Shane Bond, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik. Australian batsman Bradley Hodge and Sri Lankan bowler Ajantha Mendis were bought outside IPL Auction in 2008.

At the 2009 auction the team bought Bangladeshi all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza. It also includes Charl Langeveldt who was signed outside of the auction. Due to unavailability of Pakistani players in 2009, KKR had to suspend contract of key performer from the 2008 season Umar Gul.[50][51] On 26 April 2009, KKR administration sent back two of its players Akash Chopra and Sanjay Bangar on the premises of poor performance.[52] Shane Bond was the latest KKR acquisition after releasing Ricky Ponting, Morne van Wyk, Umar Gul, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Akhtar for IPL III. Moises Henriques was traded to Delhi in return for Owais Shah and Manoj Tiwary. Their international players for the 2010 season were – Shane Bond, Mashrafe Mortaza, Brendon McCullum, Charl Langeveldt, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Owais Shah and Chris Gayle.

In the 2011 season, KKR drastically revamped their squad. Former captain and icon player Sourav Ganguly was not purchased in the January auction. The team appointed Gautam Gambhir, who was bought for a record-breaking $2.4 million as skipper.[24] Yusuf Pathan was also picked up for a whopping $2.1 million.[24] Other international names who were added include Shakib Al Hasan, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan, James Pattinson. Haddin was replaced by Mark Boucher mid-season due to injury.[24]

In the 2012 auction, KKR bought back their former batsman, Brendon McCullum. They also acquired West Indian spinner Sunil Narine and South African fast bowler Marchant de Lange. The team later added four domestic players to their squad, including Debabrata Das and Iresh Saxena from Bengal, Saurashtra's Chirag Jani and Sanju Samson from Kerala.[53]

In Nov 2012, KKR released four players from their team : Iresh Saxena, Chirag Jani, Sanju Samson and Jaydev Unadkat. In the 2013 auction, the team bought two overseas players, Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren.

In Feb 2014 auction, the team had only retained Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine. From the auctions that took place the team brought back Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan with their right to match (RTM) card. They also bought Ryan ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan and Chris Lynn. Prominent Indian players bought included Robin Uthappa, Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav

Players (2008–present)[edit]

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ajantha Mendis Aakash Chopra Ajantha Mendis Brad Haddin Brad Haddin Brad Haddin Andre Russell
Ajit Agarkar Ajantha Mendis Ajit Agarkar Brett Lee Brendon McCullum Manoj Tiwary Chris Lynn
Ashok Dinda Ajit Agarkar Angelo Mathews Eoin Morgan Brett Lee Brett Lee Debabrata Das
Brad Hodge Angelo Mathews Ashok Dinda Gautam Gambhir (C) Chirag Jani Debabrata Das Gautam Gambhir (C)
Brendon McCullum Arindam Ghosh Brad Hodge Iqbal Abdulla Debabrata Das Eoin Morgan Jacques Kallis
Cheteshwar Pujara Ashok Dinda Brendon McCullum Jacques Kallis Eoin Morgan Gautam Gambhir (C) Kuldeep Yadav
Chris Gayle Brad Hodge Charl Langeveldt Jaydev Unadkat Gautam Gambhir (C) Iqbal Abdulla Manish Pandey
David Hussey Brendon McCullum (C) Cheteshwar Pujara James Pattinson Iqbal Abdulla Jacques Kallis Manvinder Bisla
Debabrata Das Charl Langeveldt Chris Gayle Lakshmipathy Balaji Iresh Saxena James Pattinson Morne Morkel
Iqbal Abdulla Cheteshwar Pujara David Hussey Laxmi Shukla Jacques Kallis Lakshmipathy Balaji Patrick Cummins
Ishant Sharma Chris Gayle Iqbal Abdulla Manoj Tiwary James Pattinson Laxmi Shukla Piyush Chawla
Laxmi Shukla David Hussey Ishant Sharma Manvinder Bisla Mark Boucher Jaydev Unadkat Vinay Kumar
Mohammad Hafeez Ishant Sharma Laxmi Shukla Pradeep Sangwan Lakshmipathy Balaji Manvinder Bisla Robin Uthappa
Murali Kartik Laxmi Shukla Manoj Tiwary Rajat Bhatia Laxmi Shukla Pradeep Sangwan Ryan ten Doeschate
Ricky Ponting Mashrafe Mortaza Murali Kartik Ryan ten Doeschate Manoj Tiwary Rajat Bhatia Sayan Mondal
Salman Butt Moises Henriques Owais Shah Sarabjit Ladda Manvinder Bisla Ryan McLaren Shakib Al Hasan
Shoaib Akhtar Morne van Wyk Rohan Gavaskar Shakib Al Hasan Marchant de Lange Ryan ten Doeschate Sunil Narine
Siddarth Kaul Murali Kartik Shane Bond Mohammed Shami Pradeep Sangwan Sachithra Senanayake Suryakumar Yadav
Sourav Ganguly (C) Sourav Ganguly Sourav Ganguly (C) Shreevats Goswami Rajat Bhatia Sarabjit Ladda Umesh Yadav
Tatenda Taibu Varun Aaron Varun Aaron Yusuf Pathan Ryan ten Doeschate Shakib Al Hasan Veer Pratap Singh
Umar Gul Wriddhiman Saha Wriddhiman Saha Sanju Samson Mohammed Shami Yusuf Pathan
Varun Aaron Sarabjit Ladda Sumit Narwal
Wriddhiman Saha Shakib Al Hasan Sunil Narine
Mohammed Shami Yusuf Pathan
Sunil Narine
Yusuf Pathan
  • In alphabetical order

Honours[edit]

Year Indian Premier League Champions League Twenty20
2008 Group stage (6/8) DNQ
2009 Group stage (8/8) DNQ
2010 Group stage (6/8) DNQ
2011 Play-offs (4/10) Group stage (5/13)
2012 Champions (1/9) Group stage (6/14)
2013 Group stage (7/9) DNQ
2014 Champions (1/8)
  • DNQ = Did Not Qualify

Current squad[edit]

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •   *  denotes players part of the 2014 CLT20 squad.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
1 Manish Pandey India (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
23 Gautam Gambhir India (1981-10-14) 14 October 1981 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm leg break Captain
37 Robin Uthappa India (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium Occasional wicketkeeper
50 Chris Lynn Australia (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas
63 Debabrata Das India (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Occasional wicketkeeper
212 Suryakumar Yadav India (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
3 Jacques Kallis South Africa (1975-10-16) 16 October 1975 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas
9 Yusuf Pathan India (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm off break
12 Andre Russell Jamaica (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas
27 Ryan ten Doeschate Netherlands (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
75 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas
Wicket-keepers
36 Manvinder Bisla India (1984-12-27) 27 December 1984 (age 29) Right-handed
Bowlers
19 Umesh Yadav India (1987-10-25) 25 October 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast
21 Piyush Chawla India (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
23 Vinay Kumar India (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
30 Pat Cummins Australia (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm fast Overseas
65 Morne Morkel South Africa (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm fast Overseas
74 Sunil Narine Trinidad and Tobago (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm off break Overseas
Sayan Mondal India (1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Veer Pratap Singh India (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Kuldeep Yadav India (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 19) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman

Player salaries[edit]

Nationality Player Year Contract
Signed / Renewed
Salary (In INR)
India Gautam Gambhir 2014 INR122.25 million (US$2.0 million)
Trinidad and Tobago Sunil Narine 2014 INR95 million (US$1.6 million)
South Africa Jacques Kallis 2014 INR55 million (US$900,000)
India Robin Uthappa 2014 INR50 million (US$820,000)
India Yusuf Pathan 2014 INR32.5 million (US$530,000)
Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 2014 INR28 million (US$460,000)
India Umesh Yadav 2014 INR26 million (US$430,000)
India Vinay Kumar 2014 INR28 million (US$460,000)
South Africa Morne Morkel 2014 INR28 million (US$460,000)
India Piyush Chawla 2014 INR42.5 million (US$700,000)
India Manish Pandey 2014 INR17 million (US$280,000)
India Suryakumar Yadav 2014 INR07 million (US$110,000)
India Manvinder Bisla 2014 INR06 million (US$98,000)
Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
India Kuldeep Yadav 2014 INR04 million (US$66,000)
India Veer Pratap Singh 2014 INR04 million (US$66,000)
Australia Chris Lynn 2014 INR13 million (US$210,000)
Jamaica Andre Russell 2014 INR06 million (US$98,000)
India Sayan Mondal 2014 INR01 million (US$16,000)
Australia Patrick Cummins 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
India Debabrata Das 2014 INR02 million (US$33,000)

Fixtures and results[edit]

Overall results[edit]

Summary of results
Year Played Wins Losses Tied NR Win % Position
2008 13 6 7 0 0 45% 6/8
2009 13 3 9 1 0 21% 8/8
2010 14 7 7 0 0 50% 6/8
2011 15 8 7 0 0 53.34% 4/10
2012 17 12 5 0 0 70.59% 1/9
2013 16 6 10 0 0 42.85% 7/9
2014 16 11 4 1 0 68.75% 1/8
Total 104 53 49 2 0 50.96%

Result Summary[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
India Chennai Super Kings 2008–2013 15 5 9 0 1 40.00
India Delhi Daredevils 2008–2013 13 7 6 0 0 60.00
India Kings XI Punjab 2008–2013 15 9 6 0 0 60.00
India Mumbai Indians 2008–2013 14 4 10 0 0 40.00
India Pune Warriors India 2011–2013 5 4 1 0 0 80.00
India Rajasthan Royals 2008–2013 14 6 6 2 0 50.00
India Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008–2013 14 8 6 0 0 50.00
India Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013-2014 4 3 1 0 0 50.00
India Deccan Chargers 2008–2012 10 7 2 0 1 77.78
India Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2011 2 0 2 0 0 0.00
Teams now defunct

2008 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 18 April India Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 140 runs, MoM- New Zealand Brendon McCullum 158* (73)
2 20 April India Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 5 wickets, MoM- Australia David Hussey 38* (43)
3 26 April India Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 9 wickets
4 29 April India Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 7 wickets
5 1 May India Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 45 runs
6 3 May India Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 9 runs
7 8 May India Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 5 runs, MoM- India Sourav Ganguly 20 (22) and 1/7 (3 overs)
8 11 May India Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 23 runs, MoM- India Sourav Ganguly 91 (57), 2/25 (4 overs) and 2 catches
9 13 May India Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 23 runs, MoM- Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar 4/11 (3 overs)
10 16 May India Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 8 wickets
11 18 May India Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 3 runs (decided by D/L method due to rain interruption)
12 20 May India Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Lost by 6 wickets
13 22 May India Delhi Daredevils Delhi Match abandoned due to rain
14 25 May India Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 3 wickets, MoM- Pakistan Umar Gul 4/23 (4 overs) and 24 (11)
Overall record of 6 – 7 (One match abandoned)

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 6/8

2009 IPL season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
19 April India Deccan Chargers Cape Town Lost by 8 wickets
21 April India Kings XI Punjab Durban Won by 11 runs (D/L Method), MoM- Jamaica Chris Gayle 44* (26)
23 April India Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabeth Lost by 15 runs in Super Over
25 April India Chennai Super Kings Cape Town Match abandoned due to intermittent rain
27 April India Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth Lost by 92 runs
29 April India Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban Lost by 5 wickets
1 May India Mumbai Indians Durban Lost by 9 runs
3 May India Kings XI Punjab East London Lost by 6 wickets
5 May India Delhi Daredevils Durban Lost by 9 wickets
10 May India Delhi Daredevils Johannesburg Lost by 7 Wickets
12 May India Royal Challengers Bangalore Pretoria Lost by 6 wickets
16 May India Deccan Chargers Port Elizabeth Lost by 6 wickets
18 May India Chennai Super Kings Pretoria Won by 7 wickets, MoM- Australia Brad Hodge 71* (44)
20 May India Rajasthan Royals Durban Won by 4 wickets, MoM- India Laxmi Shukla 48* (46)
Overall record of 3 – 10 (One match abandoned)

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 8/8

2010 IPL season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
12 March India Deccan Chargers Navi Mumbai Won by 11 runs, MoM- Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews 65 (46) and 2/20 (4 overs)
14 March India Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 7 wickets, MoM- India Manoj Tiwary 50 (29)
16 March India Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 55 runs
20 March India Rajasthan Royals Ahmedabad Lost by 34 runs
22 March India Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 7 wickets
27 March India Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 39 Runs, MoM- India Manoj Tiwary 75 (47)
29 March India Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 40 Runs
1 April India Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 24 Runs, MoM- India Sourav Ganguly 88 (54)
4 April India Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets
7 April India Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 14 runs, MoM- India Sourav Ganguly 56 (46)
10 April India Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Lost by 7 wickets
13 April India Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 9 wickets
17 April India Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- India Jaydev Unadkat 3/26 (4 overs)
19 April India Mumbai Indians Kolkata Won by 9 wickets, MoM- India Murali Kartik 2/20 (4 overs) and 2 catches
Overall record of 7 – 7

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 6/8

2011 IPL season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
8 April India Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 2 runs
11 April India Deccan Chargers Kolkata Won by 9 runs, MoM- South Africa Jacques Kallis 54 (42)
15 April India Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Won by 9 wickets, MoM- India Gautam Gambhir 75* (44)
17 April India Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- India Lakshmipathy Balaji 3/15 (3 overs)
20 April India Kochi Tuskers Kerala Kolkata Lost by 6 runs
22 April India Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Lost by 9 wickets
28 April India Delhi Daredevils Delhi Won by 17 runs, MoM- India Manoj Tiwary 61* (47)
30 April India Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 8 wickets, MoM- India Iqbal Abdulla 2/19 (4 overs)
3 May India Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 20 runs, MoM- India Yusuf Pathan 47* (26)
5 May India Kochi Tuskers Kerala Kochi Lost by 17 runs
7 May India Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Won by 10 runs (D/L), MoM- India Iqbal Abdulla 1/15 (4 overs)
14 May India Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 4 wickets (D/L)
19 May India Pune Warriors India Navi Mumbai Won by 7 wickets, MoM- India Yusuf Pathan 29 (25) and 2/23 (4 overs)
22 May India Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets
25 May (#Eliminator) India Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 4 wickets
Overall Record of 8 – 7

Reached the Play-offs and ended 4/10

Reached the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 Qualifying League

2012 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard Link
1 5 April Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets Score Card
2 8 April Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 22 runs Score Card
3 10 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Won by 42 runs, MoM – India Lakshmipathy Balaji 4/18 Score Card
4 13 April Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 5 wickets, MoM – Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 3/17 & 16 (10) Score Card
5 15 April Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Lost by 2 runs, MoM – Trinidad and Tobago Sunil Narine 5/19 Score Card
6 18 April Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 8 wickets, MoM – India Gautam Gambhir 66* (44) Score Card
7 22 April Deccan Chargers Cuttack Won by 5 wickets,MoM – Australia Brett Lee 1/15 Score Card
8 24 April Deccan Chargers Kolkata Match Abandoned without a ball bowled Scorecard
9 28 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 47 runs,MoM – India Gautam Gambhir 93 (51) Score Card
10 30 April Chennai Super Kings Chennai Won by 5 wickets, MoM-India Gautam Gambhir 63(52) Score Card
11 5 May Pune Warriors India Kolkata Won by 7 runs, MoM – Trinidad and Tobago Sunil Narine 1/13 Score Card
12 7 May Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 6 wickets, MoM – South Africa Jacques Kallis 2/20,30 (27) Score Card
13 12 May Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 27 runs Score Card
14 14 May Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets Score Card
15 16 May Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 32 runs, MoM – Trinidad and Tobago Sunil Narine 4/15 Score Card
16 19 May Pune Warriors India Pune Won by 34 runs, MoM – Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 42 (30) & 2/18 Score Card
17 22 May Delhi Daredevils (Qualifier 1) Pune Won by 18 runs, MoM – India Yusuf Pathan 40* (21) Score Card
18 27 May Chennai Super Kings (Final) Chennai won by 5 wickets, MoM – India Manvinder Bisla 89 (48) Score Card
Overall Record of 12 – 5 (One match abandoned)

Champions of the 2012 Indian Premier League

Qualified for 2012 Champions League Twenty20

2013 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard link
1 April 3, 2013 Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Won by 6 wickets, MoM - Trinidad and Tobago Sunil Narine 4/13
2 April 8, 2013 Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 19 runs
3 April 11, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 8 Wickets
4 April 14, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Won by 48 runs, MoM – India Gautam Gambhir 53(45) Score Card
5 April 16, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 4 Runs
6 April 20, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Lost by 4 Wickets
7 April 24, 2013 Mumbai Indians Kolkata Lost by 5 Wickets
8 April 26, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Won by 6 Wickets, MoM – South Africa Jacques Kallis 2/14 (4 overs) and 44
9 April 28, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 14 runs [54]
10 May 1, 2013 Delhi Daredevils Raipur Lost by 7 wickets [55]
11 May 3, 2013 Rajasthan Royals Kolkata Won by 8 Wickets; MoM – India Yusuf Pathan 49* (35)
12 May 7, 2013 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 65 Runs
13 May 9, 2013 Pune Warriors India Pune Won By 46 Runs; MoM – India Gautam Gambhir 50(44)
14 May 12, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Ranchi Won By 5 Wickets; MoM – South Africa Jacques Kallis 2/17 (4 overs) and 41(45)
15 May 14, 2013 Pune Warriors India Ranchi Lost by 7 runs
16 May 19, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Lost by 5 Wickets
Overall record of 6 - 10

Failed to make Play-offs, ended 7/9

2014 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard link
1 April 17, 2014 Mumbai Indians Abu Dhabi Won by 41 Runs, MoM - South Africa Jacques Kallis 72(46) Score Card
2 April 19, 2014 Delhi Daredevils Dubai Lost by 4 Wickets Score Card
3 April 24, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Sharjah Won by 2 Runs, MoM - Australia Chris Lynn 45(31) Score Card
4 April 26, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Abu Dhabi Lost by 24 Runs Score Card
5 April 29, 2014 Rajasthan Royals Abu Dhabi Match Tied; Super Over Tied; Lost by Boundary Count Score Card
6 May 2, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Ranchi Lost by 35 Runs Score Card
7 May 5, 2014 Rajasthan Royals Ahmedabad Lost by 11 Runs Score Card
8 May 7, 2014 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 8 Wickets, MoM - India Gautam Gambhir 69(56) Score Card
9 May 11, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Cuttack Won by 9 Wickets, MoM - India Gautam Gambhir 63(45) Score Card
10 May 14, 2014 Mumbai Indians Cuttack Won by 6 Wickets, MoM - India Robin Uthappa 80(52) Score Card
11 May 18, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Won by 7 Wickets, MoM - India Umesh Yadav 3/26 (4 Overs) Score Card
12 May 20, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Won by 8 Wickets, MoM - India Robin Uthappa 67(39) Score Card
13 May 22, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Won by 30 Runs, MoM - India Robin Uthappa 83(51) Score Card
14 May 24, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata Won by 4 Wickets, MoM - India Yusuf Pathan 72(22) Score Card
15 May 28, 2014 Kings XI Punjab (Qualifier 1) Kolkata Won by 28 Runs, MoM - India Umesh Yadav 3/13 (4 Overs) Score Card
16 June 1, 2014 Kings XI Punjab (Final) Bangalore Won by 3 Wickets, MoM – India Manish Pandey 94(50) Score Card
Overall Record of 11 – 5

Champions of the 2014 Indian Premier League

Qualified for 2014 Champions League Twenty20

Overall Results in CLT20[edit]

Main article: Champions League T20
Year Matches Wins Losses No Result Success Rate Summary
2011 6 3 3 0 50% 5/10 (13)
2012 4 1 2 1 25% 6/10 (14)
Total 10 4 5 1 40%
Result summary in Champions League
Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
New Zealand Auckland Aces 2011–2012 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
South Africa Chevrolet Warriors 2011–2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
India Delhi Daredevils 2012–2012 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Australia Perth Scorchers 2012–2012 1 0 0 0 1 0.00
India Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011–2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
England Somerset Sabres 2011–2011 2 0 2 0 0 0.00
Australia South Australia Redbacks 2011–2011 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
South Africa Nashua Titans 2012–2012 1 1 0 0 0 100.00

Note: SA Redbacks now no longer plays T20 Cricket.

2011 Champions League Twenty20[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
19 September (Qualifier #1) New Zealand Auckland Aces Hyderabad Won by 2 runs, MoM- India Manvinder Bisla 45 (32)
21 September (Qualifier #2) England Somerset Sabres Hyderabad Lost by 11 runs
25 September England Somerset Sabres Hyderabad Lost by 5 wickets
27 September Australia South Australian Redbacks Hyderabad Lost by 19 runs
29 September India Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 9 wickets, MoM- South Africa Jacques Kallis 64* (47) and 1/28 (4 Overs)
1 October South Africa Chevrolet Warriors Bangalore Won by 22 runs (D/L)
Overall Record of 1–1 in the Qualifier and 2–2 in CLT20 2011

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 5/10 (13)

2012 Champions League Twenty20[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
13 October India Delhi Daredevils Centurion Lost by 52 runs
15 October New Zealand Auckland Aces Cape Town Lost by 7 wickets
17 October Australia Perth Scorchers Durban Match cancelled due to rain
21 October South Africa Titans Cape Town Won by 99 runs, MoM – India Debabrata Das – 43* (19)
Overall Record of 1–2 (One match abandoned) in CLT20 2012

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 6/10 (14)

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