Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2022 – Overview, Rivalries, and Squad

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Indian Premier League’s newest season is around the corner and they are all set to host the 15th season of the festival league. The new season will be witnessing a lot of twists, turns, tension, and suspense while also featuring two additional franchises i.e. Ahmedabad and Lucknow. If you are new to IPL or an enthusiast who wants to delve into the details about the franchises, you have slid into the right place. Here we will be discussing the IPL veterans, the Kolkata Knight Riders. An overview of Kolkata Knight Riders’ history, squad, news, retentions, and fixtures will be provided below.

Kolkata Knight Riders – An Overview


Kolkata Knight Riders, commonly known as KKR are an IPL franchise based in Kolkata. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla, and her spouse Jay Mehta own the franchise. Knight Riders play their home matches at Eden Gardens Stadium.

The association with popular mainstream celebrities earned them countrywide popularity. They qualified for the first time in 2011. In 2012, they lifted the Indian Premier League title by defeating the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings in the finals. They bagged their second title in 2014, defeating Kings XI Punjab. The Kolkata Knight Riders also hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian T20 team.

Gautham Gambhir holds the record of the leading run-scorer in the team and the lead-wicket taker is Sunil Narine.

The team was purchased by Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta for a quoted price of 75.09 million dollars. The current president of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, a former Indian skipper and a native of West Bengal was named the icon player of the team.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Season review

Season League Standing Final Standing
2008 6th out of 8 League Stage
2009 8th out of 8 League Stage
2010 6th out of 8 League Stage
2011 4th out of 10 Playoffs
2012 2nd out of 9 Champions
2013 7th out of 9 League Stage
2014 2nd out of 8 Champions
2015 5th out of 8 League Stage
2016 4th out of 8 Playoffs
2017 3rd out of 8 Playoffs
2018 3rd out of 8 Playoffs
2019 5th out of 8 League Stage
2020 5th out of 8 League Stage
2021 4th out of 8 Runners-up

Result summary against oppositions

Opposition Span Matches Won Lost Tied Win%
Pune Warriors India 2011-2013 5 4 1 0 80
Deccan Chargers 2008-2012 9 7 2 0 77.78
Rising Pune Giants 2016-2017 4 3 1 0 75
Gujarat Lions 2016-2017 4 1 3 0 25
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2011 2 0 2 0 0
Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013-Present 21 14 7 0 66.66
Kings XI Punjab 2008-Present 29 19 10 0 65.52
Delhi Capitals 2008-Present 28 16 12 0 57.14
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008-Present 29 16 13 0 55.17
Rajasthan Royals 2008-2015, 2018-Present 24 13 11 0 54.17
Chennai Super Kings 2008-2015, 2018-Present 25 8 17 0 32
Mumbai Indians 2008-Present 29 7 22 0 24.13

Notable players of Kolkata Knight Riders


One of the main attractions of the Kolkata Knight Riders team was the skipper Sourav Ganguly himself. He was made the icon player and led the team in the 2008 and 2010 seasons. The gap year captaincy slot was filled by Brendon McCullum. Though they were the main attraction of the team, both were released after the 2011 season.

The original team of KKR included some of the iconic players in cricket history like Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Mohammad Hafeez, Angelo Mathews, Ricky Ponting, Salman Butt, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Ishant Sharma, and Murali Karthik, etc.

The franchise had purchased the Bangladeshi all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza at an exuberant amount of 600000 dollars at the 2009 auction. Kolkata Knight Riders had to suspend the contract of Umar Gul due to the unavailability of the Pakistani players. Umar Gul was one of their key players. Shoaib Akhtar, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Hafeez were released along with Umar Gul. Shane Bong was acquired by KKR after the release of Ricky Ponting and Morne Van Wyk.

Kolkata Knight Riders completely overhauled their squad in the 2011 season. Sourav Ganguly remained unsold in the January auction. The team appointed Gautam Gambhir as the new skipper after a frenzy of protests regarding Ganguly’s selection status.

KKR brought back their former interim skipper Brendon McCullum. They purchased Sunil Narine, who would later become one of their top players across seasons. They later added four domestic players to the squad, including Debabrata Das and Iresh Saxena from Bengal, Chirag Jani from Saurashtra, and Sanju Samson from Kerala. However, the team released the latter three from their squad along with Jaydev Unadkat.

Pat Cummins, the Australian Test skipper is one of the notable players on the squad as he was purchased at the 2020 IPL auction. He was bought in for Rs 15.5 CR. The World Cup-winning captain of the English squad, Eoin Morgan was also made part of the squad for Rs 5.25 CR. The captaincy was handed over to Eoin Morgan by Dinesh Karthik soon after he was bought in by the team on 16th October 2020.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Retained players 2022


Venkatesh Iyer, an IPL 2021 debutant had scored 370 runs and 3 wickets in 10 games this season. Therefore he has been retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 8 crores. Varun Chakravarthy has also been very instrumental in the success of the franchise from the last two seasons. He was retained for Rs 8 crores as well. Andre Russell, the kind of player who can pull off miracles in crucial times, a hard hitter, and a wonderful bowler, a complete asset to the team, was retained for a justifiable amount of Rs 12 crores. They had also retained another key player, Sunil Narine, who they can depend on unconditionally, for Rs 6 crores.

Player Role Retained Amount
Andre Russell All-rounder INR 12 crores
Varun Chakravarty Bowler INR 8 crores
Venkatesh Iyer All-rounder INR 8 crores
Sunil Narine All-rounder INR 6 crores

Kolkata Knight Riders – Rivalries


Against Mumbai Indians


Kolkata Knight Riders are considered one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League. A team with a success like that will also be a part of rivalries among other competitors in the league. One such rival team they constantly compete against is Mumbai Indians.

A similarity among them is, both the franchises play in major markets as the Mumbai Indians play in the city of Mumbai and Kolkata Knight Riders play in the city of Kolkata. Until Mumbai’s third championship, both the teams were tied with two championships. Mumbai wiped Kolkata off in the first two seasons of IPL. Kolkata did not manage to win over Mumbai until the 2010 IPL season.

There were other attractive reasons for the rivalry as well. Mumbai Indians were captained by the legend Sachin Tendulkar and Kolkata was captained by the aggressive king Sourav Ganguly. Mumbai has won 22 out of 29 meetings that they have had Kolkata has only 7 wins against Mumbai.

Both the teams met in playoffs for the first time in 2011 when they played against each other in the eliminator. Mumbai had won the match by four wickets and made it into the next round to eventually lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians held an eight-game winning streak against Kolkata Knight Riders from a period of 2015 to 2018. Later, in 2019, Kolkata went on to break the streak by posting a mountain total of 232 runs and won the match by 34 runs. Andre Russel became the talisman of the match by scoring 80 runs while Hardik Pandya of MI scored 91 runs that went in vain.

Against Royal Challengers Bangalore


The rivalry between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the oldest and biggest rivalries in the history of the Indian Premier League. Both the teams met for the first time in the inaugural match of the IPL where KKR established the victory by 140 runs due to the firework batting of McCullum who scored 158* off just 73 balls.

In 2012, KKR needed to win the crucial match against RCB as they were at the bottom half of the league table. KKR won the match after Gambhir led the team from the front scoring 93 off just 51 balls. Though Chris Gayle tried to make a comeback with 86 off 58, Lakshmipathy Balaji cut them through their batting lineup taking 4 wickets by giving just 18 runs in 4 overs leaving RCB at just 129 runs.

Both the teams locked horns once again in 2017 and it was a disastrous season for RCB. In the initial match between them, RCB managed to put KKR on a leash by allowing them to score only 131 runs. Though this was the case, KKR killed the batting side of RCB closing them down to their lowest score of Indian Premier League, which is 49 runs all out.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers showed batting fireworks by scoring 84 off 49 and 63 off 32 respectively letting RCB reach a total of 205 for 3. KKR lost wickets at regular intervals despite having a great start scoring 28 with no wickets down. They totaled 139 for 4 wickets by the end of the 16th over. However, Andre Russel pulled a quick 48 off 13 balls awarding Mohammad Siraj 23 runs in a single over.

RCB bounced back in the next match with skipper Virat Kohli’s 5th century scoring 100 runs in just 58 deliveries. RCB reached a total of 213 runs with Moen Ali scoring 66 off 28. Russel scored 65 off 25 for KKR and Nitish Rana scored 85 off 46. However, RCB won the match eventually by 10 runs with Virat Kohli being Man of the Match.

Kolkata Knight Riders – IPL Squad 2022

Player Role Auction Price Nation
Shreyas Iyer Batsman INR 12.25 crores India
Nitish Rana Batsman INR 8 crores India
Ajinkya Rahane Batsman INR 1 crore India
Rinku Singh Batsman INR 55 lakhs India
Abhijeet Tomar Batsman INR 40 lakhs India
Pratham Singh Batsman INR 20 lakhs India
Alex Hales Batsman INR 1.5 crores England
Ramesh Kumar Batsman INR 20 lakhs India
Sheldon Jackson (WK) WK-Batsman INR 60 lakhs India
Sam Billings (WK) WK-Batsman INR 2 crores England
Baba Indrajith Batsman INR 20 lakhs India
Varun Chakravarty Bowler INR 8 cr (retained) India
Pat Cummins Bowler INR 7.25 crores Australia
Rasikh Dar Bowler INR 20 lakhs India
Ashok Sharma Bowler INR 55 lakhs India
Tim Southee Bowler INR 1.5 crores New Zealand
Umesh Yadav Bowler INR 2 crores India
Chamika Karunaratne Bowler INR 50 lakhs Sri Lanka
Shivam Mavi Bowler INR 7.25 crores India
Andre Russell All-Rounder INR 12 cr (retained) West Indies
Venkatesh Iyer All-Rounder INR 8 cr (retained) India
Sunil Narine All-Rounder INR 6 cr (retained) West Indies
Ankul Roy All-Rounder INR 20 lakhs India
Aman Khan Batsman INR 20 lakhs India
Mohammad Nabi All-Rounder INR 1 crore Afghanistan


Kolkata Knight Riders – IPL title-winning seasons


Kolkata Knight Riders have two Indian Premier League titles under their name during the stint of Gautam Gambhir. In 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings at their home ground, M.A Chidambaram Stadium, denying their back-to-back title win for the third time.

Later in 2014, KKR went on to defeat Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Super Kings) by three wickets during the 200 runs chase. KKR has never lost an IPL final as they have won all of the finals they have appeared in, therefore they have a 100 percent win record in the finals.

Total results summary of Kolkata Knight Riders

year Matches Wins Losses Tied NR Win% Position
2008 14 6 7 0 1 46.16 6/8
2009 14 3 10 0 1 23.07 8/8
2010 14 7 7 0 0 50.00 6/8
2011 15 8 7 0 0 53.33 4/10
2012 18 12 5 0 1 70.58 1/9
2013 16 6 10 0 0 37.50 7/9
2014 16 11 5 0 0 68.75 1/8
2015 14 7 6 0 1 53.84 5/8
2016 15 8 7 0 0 53.33 4/8
2017 16 9 7 0 0 56.25 3/8
2018 16 9 7 0 0 56.25 3/8
2019 14 6 8 0 0 42.86 5/8
2020 14 7 7 0 0 50.00 5/8
2021 17 9 8 0 0 52.94 2/8
Total 213 108 101 0 4 51.67  


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