Kolkata Knight Riders

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Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders is a franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. The team representing Kolkata was eventually bought by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta for a price of $75.09 million (INR 357 crores).

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Kolkata Knight Riders
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Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re

The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are purple and gold. As per the recent study done by a UK based brand valuation company, Kolkata Knight Riders are ranked as the second most valuable franchise brand at US$46 million. Celebrity Shahrukh Khan’s hard-selling of the KKR brand counteracted the team’s poor on-field performance through the first three seasons.

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Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re
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2008 IPL season

The Kolkata Knight Riders made a good start to the season by winning their first two matches. However, the team began to experience failures and lost the next four matches. 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. But their performance dipped again and they lost the next three matches. The Knight Riders ended their season on a winning note by defeating Kings XI Punjab on their home ground. The team faced various issues in its first season such as team composition, Ganguly's choice of batting first in the game against Chennai Super Kings, entertainment tax being imposed for matches played at Eden Gardens, etc.

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2008 IPL season
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2009 IPL season

Kolkata Knight Riders was among the least active franchises during the offseason, with no player trades. However, the team signed Mohnish Parmar during the offseason and also re-signed Ajantha Mendis to a long term deal. Ganguly was removed from the captaincy in the 11th hour and replaced by Brendon McCullum based on a series of theories discussing "multiple-captains". KKR were the first team in IPL to select their cheer leaders by a talent hunt show called Knights and Angels, judged by Sourav Ganguly and Guest Star and hosted by Bollywood actor Purab Kohli. However, the winning team did not get a chance to perform at games during the 2009 season since local authorities only allowed South African cheerleaders the best used. At the end of IPL season 2, Kolkata Knight Riders was amongst the most profitable franchisees along side Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.

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2009 IPL season
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2010 IPL season

The Kolkata Knight Riders traded Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah. The Kolkata Knight Riders had a fantastic start to the season by beating Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. That was followed by three consecutive defeats at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. The Knight Riders then had a roller-coaster ride in the tournament. After 11 games, they were required to win all their three remaining games to qualify for the semi-finals. A defeat at the MAC Stadium at the hands of Chennai Super Kings put paid to their chances. However, the Knight Riders made a decent comeback by beating the Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in their last two games.

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2010 IPL season
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2011 IPL season

In this edition of the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders decided to revamp the team, starting with a new look and by changing the entire set of players. Sourav Ganguly, the team's Icon player and the previous year's captain was dropped in the IPL auction held earlier that year. Gautam Gambhir, who was bought for a record-breaking $2.4 million was appointed as skipper. The Kolkata Knight Riders had a disappointing start of season, but they came back stronger winning their next three matches. After two consecutive defeats in their home ground, the team had a string of wins. They went on to win two of the remaining four matches which enabled them to qualify for the playoffs for the first time. In the eliminator they lost, losing their chance to enter the semi-finals for the first time.

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2011 IPL season
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2012 IPL season

The 2012 IPL was the most successful season for the franchise, winning the IPL trophy for the first time in IPL history.[25] KKR got off to a poor start in the tournament, losing their first two games. However, they fought back with consecutive wins. In the next match, however, they messed up an easy chase. KKR then went on to win nine matches in a row (except for a washed-out match against Deccan Chargers), in contrast to nine successive defeats in the 2009 IPL. However the team had a timely return to form, when they beat Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India in successive away matches. This earned a second place finish for the team at the end of the league stage and a semi-final match against Delhi Daredevils. They won the tournament eventually, beating Chennai Super Kings by five wickets.

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2012 IPL season
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"New Dawn, New Knights"

Initially, when Kolkata knight Riders were first introduced in 2008, the logo of the team consisted of a blazing golden Viking helmet against a black background with the name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders written in gold next to it. However, the black background was changed to purple in the third season. In 2012, a new logo, which consist of a blazing purple Corinthian helmet trimmed with gold, with Kolkata Knight Rider written within a shield has been introduced. The tag line of the team was "All the King's Men" during the first four season. However, in the fifth it was replaced by "New Dawn, New Knights". The team's official colours were black and gold during the first two seasons. Khan explained that "golden symbolizes spirit of life and black presents the Goddess Kali. " It was later changed to purple and gold during the third season and was kept so.

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"New Dawn, New Knights"
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