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Indian T20 League: Kolkata Team

Led by ex-Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata is one of the most popular teams in the Indian T20 League. The team has qualified for the play-offs 7 times and has won the title twice, in 2012 and 2014. Brendon McCullum is the head coach of the team, while David Hussey and Abhishek Nayar are the mentor and the assistant 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 for the next few years. They reached the final of the 2021 edition.

Kolkata have plenty of game changers batters like Shreyas, and Alex Hales. Andre Russell and Mohd. Nabi 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: Indian T20 League

The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, his company Red Chillies Entertainment, and actress Juhi Chawla and her company Mehta Group. The brand value of the Knight Riders was estimated at ₹629 crore in 2019, second highest among all the franchises.

Shreyas Iyer: Kolkata Team Captain

Bought at the 2022 auction, Shreyas brings playing and leadership experience into the equation. He has been at the forefront of Delhi’s radical improvements in recent years in the league, making them contenders for the title.

A middle-order batter, Shreyas 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. In his two full seasons as captain, Iyer led the Delhi side into the play-offs for the first time since 2012. In 2020, they reached the final, losing narrowly to Mumbai.

    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • Average
    • Strike Rate
    • 50
    • 100
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • 87
    • 2375
    • 96 vs Gujarat (2017)
    • 31.66
    • 123.95
    • 16
    • 0
    • 196
    • 88

Team Kolkata: Indian T20 League 2022 Match Schedule

The Kolkata team will be playing 14 matches in the Indian T20 League 2022. They will play against Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Rajasthan and Lucknow twice and Chennai, Bangalore, Punjab and Gujarat once in the group stages.

    • Sr. No.
    • Match
    • Date
    • Time
    • Location
    • 1
    • Chennai vs Kolkata
    • March 26, Saturday
    • 7:30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 2
    • Bangalore vs Kolkata
    • March 30, Wednesday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Navi Mumbai
    • 3
    • Kolkata vs Punjab
    • April 01, Friday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 4
    • Kolkata vs Mumbai
    • April 06, Wednesday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Pune
    • 5
    • Kolkata vs Delhi
    • April 10, Sunday
    • 3.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 6
    • Hyderabad vs Kolkata
    • April 15, Friday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 7
    • Rajasthan vs Kolkata
    • April 18, Monday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 8
    • Kolkata vs Gujarat
    • April 23, Saturday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 9
    • Delhi vs Kolkata
    • April 28, Thursday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 10
    • Kolkata vs Rajasthan
    • May 02, Monday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Mumbai
    • 11
    • Lucknow vs Kolkata
    • May 07, Saturday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Pune
    • 12
    • Mumbai vs Kolkata
    • May 09, Monday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Navi Mumbai
    • 13
    • Kolkata vs Hyderabad
    • May 14, Saturday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Pune
    • 14
    • Kolkata vs Lucknow
    • May 18, Wednesday
    • 7.30 PM
    • Navi Mumbai

Kolkata Team Squad 2022: Players Bought in the Mega Auction

In the mega auction held before the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League, Kolkata brought in 21 players to its line-up in addition to the 4 retained. The core of the squad consists of captain Shreyas Iyer, all-rounders Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, and bowlers Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins.

Here is the list of top players retained and bought:

    • Shreyas Iyer: ₹12.25 crores
    • Andre Russell: ₹12 crores *
    • Varun Chakravarthy: ₹8 crores *
    • Nitish Rana: ₹8 crores
    • Venkatesh Iyer: ₹8 crores *
    • Pat Cummins: ₹7.25 crores

* Retained Players

Team Kolkata: Top Players for Indian T20 League 2022

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 few seasons, finishing outside the play-offs spots. Winning 7 out of the 10 matches played in the second half of the 2021 season, they ended up as the runner-up to Team Chennai.

    • Champions (2)
    • 2012, 2014
    • Play-offs
    • 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021

Team Kolkata Top Players (2008 - 2021)

Current Top Batters

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • 50s
    • 100s
      • Ajinkya Rahane
    • 151
    • 3941
    • 105* vs Delhi (2019)
    • 28
    • 2
      • Shreyas Iyer
    • 87
    • 2375
    • 96 vs Gujarat (2017)
    • 16
    • 0
      • Nitish Rana
    • 77
    • 1820
    • 87 vs Mumbai (2017)
    • 13
    • 0

Current Top All-rounders

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Wickets
      • Andre Russell
    • 84
    • 1700
    • 72

Current Top Bowlers

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Wickets
    • Best Figures
      • Sunil Narine
    • 134
    • 143
    • 5/19 vs Punjab (2012)
      • Umesh Yadav
    • 121
    • 119
    • 4/24 vs Rajasthan (2013)

Team Chennai: Overall Statistics

  • Matches Played - 209
  • Matches Won - 209
  • Matches Lost - 101
  • 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, 143 wickets in 134 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

Who is Kolkata captain for the 2022 season of the Indian T20 League?

Shreyas Iyer is the new captain for Team Kolkata for the 2022 season. He was bought for a price of ₹12.5 crores in the mega auction by the franchise.

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 has 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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