IPL 2023 Kolkata Knight Riders Team Performance and Players List: Check KKR team updates and full team squad, captain, coach, best batsman, best bowler, schedule
Kolkata Knight Riders have won two IPL titles, in 2012 and 2014, under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. They reached finals in 2021 but were ousted in the league stage of IPL 2022
Kolkata Knight Riders Team profile
Shahrukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders had a big jolt before the start of the season as their skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the team's initial matches with an injury.
Nitish Rana, who has been with KKR since 2018, replaced Iyer as the captain for the IPL 2023 season.
Iyer's comeback midway through the season can't be ruled out, but Rana will still have big shoes to fill for a team which has won the IPL twice, in 2012 and 2014, under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. The team also finished as the runner-up in Champions League T20 in 2014.
The team, however, would never reach the IPL final for a long time, but its dry run of a final appearance ended in 2021 when it came closer to winning the IPL title under the captaincy of Englishman Eoin Morgan.
However, Chennai Super Kings dashed KKR's hopes to win their third title.
In IPL 2022, KKR failed to replicate their 2021's performance and couldn't cross the league stage.
From their first IPL appearance till now, Kolkata have won 113 matches and lost 106 of their 223 matches for a winning percentage of 51.56. They have won one tiebreaker while losing three.
In IPL 2023, Kolkata will be without their star player, Iyer.
It is still premature to say whether he will be available for the later stages of the tournament.
While their new skipper Raana has been with the team for five years, KKR will rely on West Indian Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
While both are all-rounders, Narine is also their highest wicket-taker.
Russell has the highest strike rate as a batsman in the IPL, and his whirlwind innings can change the course of any match.
But his injury has been a cause for concern, and it is necessary that he be available for most of the matches.
Kolkata have purchased Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and wicketkeeper batsman Litton Das.
They have also included all-rounder David Weisse and wicketkeeper batsman Narayan Jagadeesan.
New Zealander Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson will also strength the team as overseas players.
KKR’s Record in IPL 2022:
Kolkata started off on a high note in IPL 2022, winning three of their first four matches, but their nightmarish run of five consecutive defeats dug their grave.
They tried to come out of dire straits with three wins in five matches, but by that time, they had landed in troubled waters and failed to move into the playoff stage.
Team captain: Nitish Rana
Team coach: Chandrakant Pandit
Team owner: Red Chillies Entertainment
Home ground: Eden Gardens (Kolkata)
KKR IPL 2023 Team:
IPL 2023 Kolkata Knight Riders (Full Players List):
Captain: Nitish Rana
Batsmen: Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shreyas Iyer, Narayan Jagadeesan, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh
Bowlers: Kulwant Khejroliya, Suyash Sharma, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Harshit Rana, Tim Southee, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy
All-rounders: David Wiese, Ankul Roy, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Shakib Al Hasan
Most successful batsman: Gautam Gambhir (3,345 runs in 122 matches)
Most successful bowler: Sunil Narine (170 wickets in 157 matches)
KKR's first match in IPL 2023:
Kolkata Knight Riders opened their campaign against Punjab Kings at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 1 in the 3:30 PM match. Punjab won the match by 7 runs (DLS method).
KKR team schedule IPL 2023:
⦿ Match 1: April 1 - Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali (3:30PM IST), PBKS won the match by 7 runs (DLS method)
⦿ Match 2: April 6 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata (7:30PM IST), KKR won by 81 runs
⦿ Match 3: April 9 - Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Ahmedabad (3:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 4: April 14 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 5: April 16 - Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai (3:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 6: April 20 - Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 7: April 23 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 8: April 26 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Bengaluru (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 9: April 29 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans, Kolkata (3:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 10: May 4 - Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Hyderabad (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 11: May 8 - Kolkata Knight RIders vs Punjab Kings, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 12: May 11 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 13: May 14 - Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai (7:30PM IST)
⦿ Match 14: May 20 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
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KKR IPL 2023 Squad:
|Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Year signed|
|Shreyas Iyer (Captain)||India||6 December 1994 (age 28)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2022|
|Rinku Singh||India||12 October 1997 (age 25)||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2018|
|Anukul Roy||India||30 November 1998 (age 24)||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox spin||2022|
|Andre Russell (Overseas)||West Indies||29 April 1988 (age 34)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||2014|
|Venkatesh Iyer||India||25 December 1994 (age 28)||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||2021|
|Nitish Rana (Captain)||India||27 December 1993 (age 29)||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2018|
|Sunil Narine (Overseas)||West Indies||26 May 1988 (age 34)||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||2012|
|Lockie Ferguson (Overseas)||New Zealand||13 June 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||2022|
|Varun Chakravarthy||India||29 August 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2020|
|Umesh Yadav||India||25 October 1987 (age 35)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||2022|
|Tim Southee (Overseas)||New Zealand||11 December 1988 (age 34)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium fast||2021|
|Harshit Rana||India||22 December 2001 (age 21)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||2022|
|Shardul Thakur||India||16 October 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||2023|
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Overseas)||Afghanistan||28 November 2001 (age 21)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium fast||2023|
|N. Jagadeesan||India||24 December 1995 (age 27)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2023|
|Vaibhav Arora||India||14 December 1997 (age 25)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||2023|
|Suyash Sharma||India||15 May 2003 (age 19)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2023|
|David Wiese (Overseas)||Namibia||18 May 1985 (age 37)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||2023|
|Kulwant Khejroliya||India||13 March 1992 (age 31)||Left-handed||Left-arm fast medium||2023|
|Mandeep Singh||India||18 December 1991 (age 31)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2023|
|Litton Das (Overseas)||Bangladesh||16 February 1994 (age 29)||Right-handed||Right-arm off-spin||2023|
|Shakib Al Hasan (Overseas)||Bangladesh||24 April 1987 (age 35)||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2023|
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