KKR IPL 2020 Full Squad| List of Players and Stats
The Kolkata Knight Riders popularly called KKR are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the IPL. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will perform, fight and win!) and the official colours are purple and gold.
Coach: Brendon McCullum
Net Worth: $104 million
Owner: Red Chillies Entertainment (55%) & Mehta Group (45%)
Home Stadium: Eden Gardens
Captain Name: Dinesh Karthik
Full Squad of KKR Team:
Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Praveen Tambe, Nikhil Naik
History of Kolkata Knight Riders:
The franchise, which has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, qualified for the IPL playoffs for the first time in 2011. This also gave them the eligibility to play in the Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions in 2012, by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. They repeated the feat in 2014, defeating Kings XI Punjab. The Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s (14).
The leading run-scorer of the side is Gautam Gambhir, while the leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine. The brand value of the Knight Riders was estimated at $104 million in 2018, second highest among IPL franchises.
Controversies related to Kolkata Knight Riders:
- Just before the start of the 10th season of IPL, the KKR owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri and Juhi Chawla were issued a show-cause notice for violating FEMA guidelines.
- According to the Enforcement Directorate, Shah Rukh had initially bought all the shares of the IPL franchise under his wife’s name. However, after the team’s success, 40 lakh new shares were given to Juhi Chawla at around Rs 10/share which was the par value. Chawla then sold her shares to M/s. TSIIL, Mauritius at the same value when the actual value of the shares was much higher (around Rs 90/share), leading to a foreign exchange loss of around Rs. 73.6 Crores.
- Just prior to the commencement of the eighth edition of the IPL, the KKR management had threatened to pull out of the competition due to BCCI’s stance on West Indian spinner Sunil Narine’s availability for the tournament.
- Narine had been banned by the ICC due to his illegal action in 2014, but had then remodeled it and been cleared by an ICC-approved biomechanical assessment centre in UK. However, the BCCI rubbished these claims and decided that they wanted to conduct their own independent assessment of Narine’s remodeled action in Chennai.
- The KKR management were enraged and threatened to take the BCCI to court if Narne was not allowed to play in the tournament, even going as far as to contemplate pulling the team out of the marquee T20 league altogether.
- In 2010, the Knight Riders were forced to end their sponsorship deal with undergarment manufacturers Lux Cozi. According to reports, the owner of the brand had been involved in a murder case in 2007.
- The scrapping of the deal was mainly due to the reactions back in Kolkata where a senior member of the Muslim clergy had demanded fans boycott the side’s homes and civil liberty groups had also voiced their dissatisfaction.
- “Respecting the sentiments of Kolkata and people of Bengal, both Lux Industries and KKR have decided to put their association on hold until issues are resolved and the sensitivities of the aggrieved group are adequately addressed,” the KKR team director, said.
- “The association was worked upon on the basis of the fact that Lux Industries is a company doing business successfully in India and based in Kolkata for more than last 50 years. No matters concerning individuals associated with the respective organizations were envisaged as this was a purely professional tie-up.”
- The Kolkata Knight Riders owner was banned from entering the Wankhede Stadium after a reported scuffle with security officials following the conclusion of a match between Mumbai Indians and KKR in IPL 2012. The MCA officials alleged that the actor was drunk when he got into a heated altercation with a security guard but Shah Rukh denied those allegations, claiming that he had seen the security guards handle his children rather roughly to which he took offence.
- “The MCA managing committee is forced to ban Shah Rukh Khan from entering Wankhede Stadium for a period of five years,” the MCA President had stated. “It was a unanimous decision. It applies to any match whether domestic or international at the Wankhede.”
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