Kolkata Knight Riders also known as KKR is one of the contender in IPL tournament.It is representing Kolkata in IPL or also known as DLF Indian Premier League. Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and her husband Jai Mehta bought this team under the banner of Red Chilies Entertainment for US$75.1 million. Saurav Ganguly played as an icon player for this team. In a survey done by a leading brand valuation companies, it was ranked as most valuable IPL franchise. Its celebrity co-owner Shahrukh Khan advertised his team/franchise very much. But all of his efforts got wasted as in first season team led by Saurav Ganguly under the coaching of Dave Whatmore performed pathetically and stood second last in overall ranking.
Official song designed by Shahrukh himself for up selling of his team is “Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re (In Bengali)” which means we can do it, we will do it and we will win. And dress designed for this team was colored in gold and black. In first season of IPL, it started its season with bang. It defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore. Its opening batsmen Brandon McCullum scored a whooping 158 in very less balls and which is still highest score made by any batsmen in T20 cricket. But after winning in first two matches, however they started getting failure in every match and lost many matches back to back. At the end of tournament team managed to reserved some victories for itself but it was too late as they were already out of tournament.
In meantime many reports came out on rift between Sourav and Shahrukh over many issues such as team composition, Batting or bowling choices or Shahrukh giving all powers to John Buchanan. ICC’s anti corruption committee also banned Shahrukh from going into the dress room while match is being played. But financially KKR was the most successful team. It earned 13crore of pure profit. In 2009, rift between Shahrukh and Sourav widened and resulted in Sourav being removed from captaincy. Now I third IPL season, team management has bought Shane Bond, New-Zealand’s fast bowler. Let’s hope, he will be lucky for team and team perform well.