Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the 8 franchises in the Indian Premier League, whose home-ground is the city of Kolkata. Owned by the Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, and her businessman husband Jay Mehta, the team has had a decent run in the previous IPL seasons till the present 14th edition. The team’s primary sponsor is MPL, and there are nine other official sponsors such as Unacademy, Jio, WROGN, Colgate, etc. KKR also has seven official partners under its name.
The 14th season of the Indian Premier League, 2021 kicked off in June. The IPL had to take a break due to the pandemic. The second leg resumed in the UAE in September. Out of the eight franchises, Kolkata Knight Riders stands right in the middle at the fourth position in the IPL 2021 ranking table. The last match of KKR was with Chennai Super Kings, where they were defeated by the latter in a close game on the 38th match of IPL 2021. However, the Kolkata franchise won the battles in the previous games between RCB and Mumbai Indians. The team is still placed fourth on the charts.
Led by Eoin Morgan, the team has a set of well-rounded players. Prasidh Krishna, who is one of the bowlers, has performed exceptionally well this season and is the top bowler for KKR in IPL 2021. He has managed to take 12 wickets in 10 matches with an economy rate of 9.11. Similarly, players like Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarty have each taken 11 wickets for their team. Rahul Tripathi stands at the top on the batting front with 306 runs in 10 matches with a strike rate of 143.66. Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill hold the second and third position with 242 and 202 runs, respectively, in IPL 2021. Venkatesh Iyer, playing in his debut IPL has shone for KKR as an opener in the second phase.
Several matches are lined up for Kolkata Knight Riders in the coming days. The upcoming match will be against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah. Delhi Capitals stand at second position and KKR at fourth. Therefore, KKR has to win the game to climb up the ladder in the IPL 2021 season.
On 28th September 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders will play against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah.
On 1st October 2021, KKR will play against Punjab Kings in Dubai.
On 3rd October 2021, KKR will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
On 7th October 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.
Delhi Capitals have been at an excellent stage in this season of IPL. KKR will have to deliver its best performance to win against them. The match against Punjab Kings, SRH, and Rajasthan Royals will follow suit. Punjab Kings stands at 6th position and Rajasthan Royals at 7th. SRH, on the other hand, is last in the rank table. However, it wouldn’t be safe to assume that the KKR can easily win these forthcoming matches. It will take a lot of determination and excellent work in the field further up the table from here for the Knights.