Kolkata Knight Riders is undoubtedly one of the strongest teams of IPL. They have won the IPL trophy twice i.e. in 2012 and in 2014. Apart from winning two titles they have also qualified for the playoffs 4 times. Here are some of the interesting facts about KKR.
KKR is owned by Badshah of Bollywood i.e. Shah Rukh Khan and veteran actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment has 55% shares while the Mehta Group has 45% partnership in KKR. The team was bought by this duo for $ 75.09 million.
The Owner is Banned from Entering Dressing Room and Wankhede Stadium
Shah Rukh Khan, the owner of KKR was banned from entering the dressing room of the team during IPL matches. Shah Rukh was also banned from entering Wankhede Stadium after his fight with the officials of stadium during IPL.
The color of the kit of KKR was of black and gold which were later changed to purple and gold. Renowned designer Manish Malhotra designed the kit of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo
KKR’s official chant is ‘Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo’ which means We will do, we will fight, we will win. This chant is in Bengali language and has become very famous. The chant has been made into a song, composed by Vishal & Shekar.
Longest Winning Streak
In the year 2014, under the captaincy of Gautam Ghambir, KKR won 10 consecutive matches. They went on to win the title that year after beating Kings XI Punjab in the final. Overall Kolkata Knight Riders team has played 182 matches in IPL and have won 92 games. Kolkata Knight Riders has won the IPL trophy twice first in 2012 when they beat CSK and second time in 2014 when they defeated Kings XI Punjab.
Official Mascot of KKR
The Official Mascot of KKR is Hoog Lee. He is the Royal Bengal Tiger which is the national animal of Bangladesh. Hoog Lee loves to eat burgers.
Official Logo of KKR
The logo of KKR is composed of a Knight with Corinthian Helmet. The Viking golden armor and the shield is also part of the logo. The have also changed the tagline, the tagline for first four seasons was “All the King’s Men” and after that it was changed to “New Dawn, New Knights”
The Principal sponsor of KKR for 2020 edition of IPL is BYJU’S. Nokia sponsored KKR till 2014 and after that Chinese mobile company Gionee signed with KKR for 3 years. They signed the deal with KKR for $ 54 million.
Brendon McCullum The Coach
Brendon McCullum who played for KKR in the inaugural IPL edition and scored a blistering century in the first ever game of IPL is the head coach of KKR. Australian cricketing genius David Hussey is the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dre Russ factor
Andre Russel is the strongest player of IPL who had a great 2019 edition for KKR. He scored 510 runs in 14 matches with an average of 56.66 and a staggering strike rate of 204.81. He has been retained by KKR in 2020 edition for 7 Cr.
The Home Ground
The home ground of KKR is the iconic Eden Gardens stadium which is the oldest and 2nd largest stadium of India. It had the seating capacity of 90,000 but during the 2011 World Cup, the stadium was renovated to meet the ICC standards. Now its seating capacity is 68,000.