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IPL 2018: Journey of the KKR so far

KKR is all set to face the Rajasthan Royals, in hopes of inching one step closer to the finals

New Delhi: The Kolkata Knight Riders are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The team is captained by Dinesh Karthik and coached by Jacques Kallis.

Although the team has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, it was surrounded with controversy and poor on-field performance through the first three years of the tournament. The team’s performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs as well as the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012, by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final and 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).

Kolkata Knight Riders are all set to face the Rajasthan Royals, in hopes of inching one step closer to the finals. The team currently stands at third position with 16 points with a net run rate of -0.070, on the table.

IPL summary of results
Year Played Wins Losses Tied NR Win % Position
2008 14 6 7 0 1 46.16 6/8
2009 14 3 9 1 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 4 1 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 14 8 6 0 0 57.14 3/8
Total 166 85 75 2 4 52.47

2008 – 6th Position

The Kolkata Knight Riders made a good start to the season by winning their first two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. they were captained by Sourav Ganguly. The team managed to stage a comeback of sorts by winning the next three matches, helped by strong performances by Sourav Ganguly and Shoaib Akhtar. KKR finished sixth in the IPL and did not qualify for the Champions League T20.

MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON –6, LOST – 7, NR – 1

2009 – 8th Position

The season is by far the worst in the history of the franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders finished at the bottom of the ranking table with three wins and ten losses including a string of nine successive defeats. KKR was among the least active franchises during the offseason, with no player trades.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 3, LOST – 9, NR – 1, Tied – 1

2010 – 6th Position

Kolkata Knight Riders finished 6th in the IPL and did not qualify for the Champions League T20. The Kolkata Knight Riders traded Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah. At the Player auctions, they managed to successfully buy Shane Bond in the silent tie-breaker against competing bids from Deccan Chargers for $1.3 million. Ganguly was once again given the captaincy of KKR after the team ended at the bottom in the second season. The coach John Buchanan was replaced by Dav Whatmore.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 7, LOST – 7

2011 – Semi-Finalist

Kolkata Knight Riders finished 6th in the IPL and did not qualify for the Champions League T20. The Kolkata Knight Riders traded Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah. At the Player auctions, they managed to successfully buy Shane Bond in the silent tie-breaker against competing bids from Deccan Chargers for $1.3 million. Ganguly was once again given the captaincy of KKR after the team ended at the bottom in the second season. The coach John Buchanan was replaced by Dav Whatmore.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 15, WON – 8, LOST – 7

2012 – Winner

Kolkata Knight Riders emerged as winners in the IPL and qualified for the Champions League T20. KKR bought back Brendon McCullum for $900,000 and West Indies Sunil Narine for $700,000.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 18, WON – 12, LOST – 5, NR – 1

2013 – Runner-up

Kolkata Knight Riders finished 7th in the IPL and did not qualify for the Champions League T20. KKR had a disappointing IPL season in 2013, as they failed to make the playoffs, losing ten and winning only six out of their sixteen matches.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 06, LOST – 10

2014 – Winner

Kolkata Knight Riders finished winners in the IPL and qualified for the Champions League T20. KKR had a good start to the seventh edition in UAE, defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match. They played the first Qualifier at their home ground Eden Gardens against KXIP. In the final at Bengaluru, they met KXIP again and defeated them by 3 wickets in a thrilling match chasing a mammoth 200, with local boy Manish Pandey delivering his best knock of the season with a brilliant 94 in 50 balls, to win their second title in 3 years. The victory was celebrated grandly in a similar fashion to their 2012 Indian Premier League title win.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 11, LOST – 04, Tied – 1

2015 – Semi-Finalist

Kolkata Knight Riders finished 5th in the IPL and did not qualify for the Champions League T20.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 7, LOST – 6, NR – 1

2016 – Semi-Finalist

In 2016 Jacques Kallis was appointed as head coach in the place of Trevor Bayliss who is the coach for England cricket team, while Wasim Akram is the bowling coach.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 15, WON – 8, LOST – 7

2017 – Semi-Finalist

They are being captained by Gautam Gambhir for the seventh year in succession, while former Knight Riders all-rounder Jacques Kallis is in his second season as the team’s head coach.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 15, WON – 9, LOST – 7

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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