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Indian T20 League: Kolkata Team

Led by England’s World Cup-winning captain Morgan, Kolkata is one of the most popular teams in the Indian T20 League. The team has qualified for the play-offs 6 times and has won the title twice, in 2012 and 2014. Brendon McCullum is the head coach of the team, while David Hussey and Kyle Mills are the mentor and the bowling coach respectively.

After the initial few tough years, the team tasted success under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. They made it to the play-offs in three successive seasons from 2016 to 2018 but have been below par since then.

Kolkata have plenty of game changers batsmen like Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Shubman Gill. Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan are two of the finest all-rounders, while Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy bring the mystery spin against the opponents.

Team Kolkata Origin

The Kolkata team was founded in 2008 and plays all of its home games at the iconic Eden Gardens. The team has used the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi and Barabati Stadium in Cuttack as its secondary home grounds.

Team Kolkata Owners

The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, his company Red Chillies Entertainment, and actress Juhi Chawla and her company Mehta Group.

Eoin Morgan: Kolkata Team Captain

Bought at the 2020 auction, Morgan brings a huge amount of playing and leadership experience into the equation. He has been at the forefront of England’s radical improvements in white-ball cricket, making them world beaters and eventually world champions.

A middle-order batter, Morgan is a good reader of the game and a clean and powerful hitter. He allows his players to express themselves, which often brings out the best in them.

    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • Average
    • Strike Rate
    • 50
    • 100
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • 73
    • 1364
    • 68* vs Rajasthan (2020)
    • 24.35
    • 125.25
    • 5
    • 0
    • 111
    • 62

Team Kolkata: Indian T20 League 2021 Match Schedule

Kolkata will be playing seven matches in the second of the Indian T20 League 2021. They have already played against each team once and will take on them for the second time in the group stages. Three of their matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, while Sharjah and Dubai will host two matches each. Except two, every match of Team Kolkata will take place in the evening time (7:30 PM IST).

Kolkata Team: Players Bought in Auction 2021

Before the players’ auction for the 2021 edition of the Indian T20 League, the Kolkata team retained 17 players and released 6 players from its squad. The squad has a fresh look for the upcoming season as they retained the major core and strengthened their team with some smart buys. A total of 7 players were bought in the 2021 auction.

    • Shakib Al Hasan: ₹ 3.2 crore
    • Harbhajan Singh: ₹ 2 crore
    • Ben Cutting: ₹ 75 lakh
    • Karun Nair: ₹ 50 lakh

Team Kolkata: Top Players for Indian T20 League 2021

Team Kolkata’s Indian T20 League Record

Kolkata is one of the glamor teams in the Indian T20 League, and they have won the title 2 times. But they have struggled in the last two seasons, finishing outside the play-offs spots. Kolkata currently sits 7th in the Indian T20 Premier League 2021 points table, winning just 2 of the first 7 matches the team played.

    • Champions (2)
    • 2012, 2014
    • Play-offs
    • 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018

Team Kolkata Top Players (2008 - 2021)

Current Top Batters

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • 50s
    • 100s
      • Dinesh Karthik
    • 203
    • 3946
    • 97* vs Rajasthan (2019)
    • 19
    • 1
      • Nitish Rana
    • 67
    • 1638
    • 87 vs Mumbai (2017)
    • 13
    • 0
      • Eoin Morgan
    • 73
    • 1364
    • 68* vs Rajasthan (2020)
    • 5
    • 0

Current Top All-rounders

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Wickets
      • Andre Russell
    • 81
    • 1680
    • 68
      • Shakib Al Hasan
    • 66
    • 784
    • 61

Current Top Bowlers

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Wickets
    • Best Figures
      • Harbhajan Singh
    • 163
    • 150
    • 5/18 vs Chennai (2011)
      • Sunil Narine
    • 124
    • 130
    • 5/19 vs Punjab (2012)
      • Kuldeep Yadav
    • 45
    • 40
    • 4/20 vs Rajasthan (2018)

Team Kolkata Man of the Match Awards in 2021

    • Nitish Rana vs Hyderabad for his innings of 80* off 56 balls. Kolkata won by 10 runs.
    • Eoin Morgan vs Punjab for his innings of 47* off 40 balls. Kolkata won by 5 wickets.

Team Chennai: Overall Statistics

  • Matches Played - 199
  • Matches Won - 101
  • Matches Lost - 98
  • Highest Total - 245/6, vs Punjab (2018)
  • Lowest Total - 67, vs Mumbai (2008)
  • Most Runs Scored - Gautam Gambhir, 3035 runs in 108 innings
  • Most Wickets Taken - Sunil Narine, 130 wickets in 124 innings
  • Highest Individual Score - Brendon McCullum, 158 runs vs Bangalore (2008)
  • Best Bowling Figures - Sunil Narine, 5/19 vs Punjab (2012)

Overall Record against Other Teams

    • Opponents
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • NR
      • Chennai
    • 23
    • 8
    • 15
    • 0
      • Bangalore
    • 27
    • 14
    • 13
    • 0
      • Delhi
    • 26
    • 14
    • 12
    • 0
      • Mumbai
    • 28
    • 6
    • 22
    • 0
      • Punjab
    • 28
    • 19
    • 9
    • 0
      • Rajasthan
    • 23
    • 12
    • 11
    • 0
      • Hyderabad
    • 20
    • 13
    • 7
    • 0

Kolkata Team Facts

Kolkata is undoubtedly one of the most popular teams in the history of the Indian T20 League. Because of celebrity owners, they are followed by a large number of people in the country and overseas. Here are some interesting facts about the Kolkata team:

  • Kolkata holds the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s (14 matches).
  • Brendon McCullum made 158 in the opening match of the inaugural season, a hundred that remains the only one by a Kolkata player to date.
  • Kolkata’s initial uniform was black and gold. Later it was changed to purple and gold.
  • Kolkata have won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award four times. Sunil Narine won it in 2012 and 2018 while Andre Russell won it in the 2015 and 2019 editions.

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FAQs: Team Kolkata

Why did Kolkata change their captain mid-season in 2020?

With an ordinary start to the season and poor personal form, Dinesh Karthik resigned as captain after seven games and Eoin Morgan stepped in as his replacement. The team finished just outside the top four, just missing out on play-offs qualification in the season.

What does the “Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re” chant stand for?

“Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re” is the team’s theme song, created by the Vishal-Shekhar duo. The Bengali chant translates in English to “we will act, we will fight and we will win!”

How many times have Kolkata won the Indian T20 League?

Kolkata have won the Indian T20 League 2 times: in 2012, and 2014. They have never lost in the final.

Which Kolkata player has won the Purple Cap?

No Kolkata player has won the Purple Cap in the Indian T20 League yet.

Who has won the Orange Cap for Team Kolkata?

Robin Uthappa from the team won the Orange Cap in 2014, with 660 runs in 16 matches. He was instrumental in the team reaching the final and winning the title.

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