Kolkata Knight Riders will take part in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), hoping to become the first franchise to win the tournament three times. The 2014 winners underwhelmed in the Twenty20 tournament last year, failing to make the top four with seven wins and seven losses.
However, the franchise has shown overall improvement since the inaugural season of the IPL where there was all hype but no great performances within the team. The addition of Gautam Gambhir, who was eventually made captain in 2011, changed the fortunes of Kolkata as they proceeded to win two titles in the following three years.
While they will be without West Indies' Andre Russell this year who will miss the tournament due to a doping violation ban, the franchise did make some interesting picks in the 2017 IPL auction.
England's Chris Woakes was signed for Rs 42m (£505,800, $630,000) while New Zealand's Trent Boult was signed for Rs 50m (£590,000, $745,000), with Manish Pandey believing that both all-rounders are capable of making the difference in what is a balanced KKR squad.
Coach: Jacques Kallis
Gautam Gambhir: The KKR skipper is the mainstay in the batting lineup and has led the franchise to two IPL trophies.
Gambhir scored 505 runs in the 2016 IPL season with an average of 39 with five half-centuries and a strike rate of 122.
|07/04/17||Friday||3.30pm BST||Gujarat Lions v Kolkata Knight Riders||Rajkot|
|09/04/17||Sunday||3.30pm BST||Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders||Mumbai|
|13/04/17||Thursday||3.30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata|
|15/04/17||Saturday||11:30am BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kolkata|
|17/04/17||Monday||11:30pm BST||Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi|
|21/04/17||Friday||3:30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Gujarat Lions||Kolkata|
|23/04/17||Sunday||3:30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kolkata|
|26/04/17||Wednesday||3:30pm BST||Rising Pune Supergiant v Kolkata Knight Riders||Pune|
|28/04/17||Friday||11:30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils||Kolkata|
|30/04/17||Sunday||3:30pm BST||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders||Hyderabad|
|03/05/17||Wednesday||3:30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Rising Pune Supergiant||Kolkata|
|07/05/17||Sunday||11:30am BST||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders||Bangalore|
|09/05/17||Tuesday||3:30pm BST||Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders||Chandigarh|
|13/05/17||Saturday||3:30pm BST||Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians||Kolkata|
KKR were one of the inaugural teams formed during the inception of the IPL and have won the T20 tournament twice in 2012 and 2014, defeating Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab respectively in the finals. The franchise also holds the record for the longest winning streak (14) by any Indian team in T20s.
Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Chris Woakes, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme.
KKR have a balanced squad with many key players and should be able to make the top four and potentially challenge for a third IPL crown.