Posted: 03 February 2009 at 5:25pm | IP Logged
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Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (also referred to as KKR) is the franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket tournament. The team is led by Sourav Ganguly, who is also the Icon Player for the team, and coached by John Buchanan. The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are black and gold.Franchise History
Knight Riders is one of the franchise of the eight team 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.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 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. 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 only.Financial
Financially, the Knight Riders were easily the most successful franchise in the IPL, achieving a profit of Rs. 13 crore. 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 Hooghly. The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view the kids and the youth.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 Australian captain Ricky Ponting, allrounder Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Tatenda Taibu and wicket keeper batsman Brendon McCullum. The main bowlers are Shoaib Akhtar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik. Team also includes Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez and Salman Butt. Australian batsman Brad Hodge and Sri Lankan bowler, Ajantha Mendis, are recent additions to the squad. 
Current squad Map
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolkata_Knight_RidersAdministration and Coaching staffFront OfficeOwners -
Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta (Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.)CEO -
Joy BhattacharyaPresident -
TBACoachesHead Coach -
John BuchananAssistant Head Coach
- Matthew MottPhysiotherapist -
Andrew LeipusPhysical Trainer -
Adrian Le Roux, Michael BuchananFixtures and ResultsKolkata Knight Riders 2008 Season
KKR Song Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ8uDtibGSA&feature=related
All members are welcome to join the club
Just few Questions.
Introduce yourself and describe why you like/love KKR so much? or you think the team needs some improvements?
Edited by Zareena - 03 February 2009 at 5:27pm