Kolkata Knight Riders are counted amongst the strongest sides in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise has won the title on two occasions in IPL history. While KKR has been one of the most consistent sides over the years, they endured a poor run in 2019. Kolkata Knight Riders won just 6 games out of 14 and thus couldn’t make it to the playoffs.
The good thing, though, is that they realised their shortcomings and worked on them at the auctions.
KKR bought some outstanding overseas players this year with the likes of Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins. Ahead of IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders look one of the strongest sides on paper. Without a doubt, Kolkata Knight Riders will be one of the teams to watch out for in the upcoming edition.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Team Overview
Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise.
Kolkata Kinght Riders has, arguably, the best batting line up among all franchises this year. The side boasts of some destructive finishers such as Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik. They have two solid young openers in the form of Tom Banton and Shubhman Gill.
Furthermore, Sunil Narine has been in a great run of form of late. The West Indies all-rounder has been making headlines with his performance in the ongoing edition of CPL.
The conditions in UAE are likely to favour spinners and slower-bowlers. Keeping that in mind, KKR are perhaps, at least one world class spinner short in their squad. Kuldeep Yadav had a modest season last year and Sunil Narine too doesn’t have the same impact as much as he had earlier. For KKR to excel in the tournament, the franchise would rely heavily on both the spinners to come good this year.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Season Wise Performance
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win %|
|2019||Dinesh Karthik||5th||Andre Russell||510||Andre Russell||11||42.85%|
|2018||Dinesh Karthik||3rd||Dinesh Karthik||498||Kuldeep Yadav||17||56.30%|
|2017||Gautam Gambhir||3rd||Gautam Gambhir||498||Chris Woakes||17||57.14%|
|2016||Gautam Gambhir||4th||Gautam Gambhir||501||Andre Russell||15||53.33%|
|2015||Gautam Gambhir||5th||Robin Uthappa||364||Andre Russell||14||53.84%|
|2014||Gautam Gambhir||Winners||Robin Uthappa||660||Sunil Narine||21||68.75%|
|2013||Gautam Gambhir||6th||Gautam Gambhir||406||Sunil Narine||22||37.50%|
|2012||Gautam Gambhir||Winners||Gautam Gambhir||590||Sunil Narine||24||70.58%|
|2011||Gautam Gambhir||4th||Jacques Kallis||424||Yusuf Pathan||13||53.33%|
|2010||Sourav Ganguly||6th||Sourav Ganguly||493||Ashok Dinda||9||50%|
|2009||Brendon Mccullum||8th||Brad Hodge||365||Ishant Sharma||11||23.07%|
|2008||Sourav Ganguly||6th||Sourav Ganguly||349||Umar Gul||12||46.16%|
Kolkata Knight Riders: Team Stats
- Most Runs: Gautam Gambhir (3,035)
- Most 100s: B McCullum (1)
- Most 50s: Gautam Gambhir (30)
- Best Batting Average: Dinesh Karthik (41.72)
- Best Strike rate: Andre Russell (180.08)
- Most 6’s: Yusuf Pathan (85)
- Highest individual score: B McCullum (158)
- Most wickets: Sunil Narine (113)
- Best bowling figure: Sunil Narine (5 for 19 against KXIP in 2012)
- Most 5-wicket hauls: Sunil Narine (1)
- Most 4-wicket Hauls: Sunil Narine (6)
Here is the List of Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2020 fixtures, venues and match timings
|DAY & DATE||MATCH||Time (in IST)||Venue|
|Wednesday, September 23||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Saturday, September 26||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Wednesday, September 30||Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|Saturday, October 3||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Wednesday, October 7||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Saturday, October 10||Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Monday, October 12||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Friday, October 16||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Sunday, October 18||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Wednesday, October 21||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Saturday, October 24||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Monday, October 26||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Thursday, October 29||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|Sunday, November 1||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 PM||Dubai|
Kolkata Knight Riders: 2020 Auction Buys and Trades
2019 saw KKR enduring a poor run. They failed to reach the knockouts and finished at 6th place in the points table. As a result, they released some high-profile players like Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Piyush Chawla.
Complete list of all the released players:
Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Srikant Munde, Yarra Prithviraj, Anrich Nortje.
Interestingly, they bought some outstanding overseas players in their squad such as Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins to name a few.
Complete list of players bought by KKR in 2020 Auctions:
Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, R Tripathi, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Tom Banton, Praveen Tambe.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad for IPL 2020
Dinesh Karthik (c), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Chris Green, Eoin Morgan, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Praveen Tambe, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy.