IPL 2023 KKR Team Squad, Kolkata knight Riders Retained Players List

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2023 KKR Team Squad, Players List, Coach, Captain, Home Ground, History, Retained Players List

LeagueIndian Premier League
CaptainShreyas Iyer
CoachChandrakant Pandit
OwnerRed Chillies Entertainment
Team information
CityKolkata, West Bengal, India
Founded24 January 2008; 14 years ago
Home groundEden Gardens, Kolkata
Indian Premier League wins2 (2012, 2014)

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. The Knight Riders play at the Eden Gardens stadium.

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KKR Team
KKR Team

The franchise, which has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, qualified for the IPL playoffs for the first time in 2011. They became the IPL champions in 2012, by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. They repeated the feat in 2014, defeating Kings XI Punjab. The Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by any Indian team in T20s.

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The side’s all-time leading run-scorer is Gautam Gambhir, while their leading wicket-taker is Sunil Narine. The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (we will perform, fight, and win!) and the official colours are purple and gold.

Kolkata Knight Riders official logo
Kolkata Knight Riders official logo

Franchise history

In 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created the cricket tournament Indian Premier League, based on the Twenty20 format of the game. Eight teams participated in the inaugural tournament held in April – June 2008. The teams representing the eight different cities of India were put up on auction in Mumbai on 20 February 2008. The team representing Kolkata was eventually bought by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta for a price of $75.09 million, equal to approximately ₹2.98 billion at that time. Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the Indian national team, a native of West Bengal and the current President of BCCI, was named the Icon player for the team. The name of the team is a reference to the popular 1980s American television series Knight Rider.

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In June 2015, the team’s ownership group bought a stake in the Caribbean Premier League’s Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, and renamed it the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016. In December 2020, the team also made an investment in the upcoming American T20 league Major League Cricket.

In 2021, the Knight Riders Group CEO, Venky Mysore, announced their entry into the South African T20 league with Cape Town Knight Riders and signalled intentions to invest in ECB’s new competition format, The Hundred.

Home ground

The home venue of the Knight Riders is Eden Gardens (with the two ends of the crease called the High Court End and the Club House End). Owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal, it was the largest cricket stadium in India and had a seating capacity of over 90,000. In 2011, the stadium was renovated to meet the standards set by the International Cricket Council for the 2011 Cricket World Cup; reducing its capacity to around 68,000. The renovated stadium includes a new clubhouse and players’ facilities, upgrading the exterior wall, cladding the existing roof structure with a new metal skin, and general infrastructure improvements. In 2013, two of the team’s home matches were hosted by the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.
Eden Gardens- Kolkata
Eden Gardens- Kolkata


Indian Premier League (2008 – Present)

SeasonLeague standingFinal standing
20086th out of 8League stage
20098th out of 8League stage
20106th out of 8League stage
20114th out of 10Playoffs
20122nd out of 9Champions
20137th out of 9League stage
20142nd out of 8Champions
20155th out of 8League stage
20164th out of 8Playoffs
20173rd out of 8Playoffs
20183rd out of 8Playoffs
20195th out of 8League stage
20205th out of 8League stage
20214th out of 8Runners-up
20227th out of 10League stage

Champions League Twenty20 (2008 – 2015)

SeasonLeague standingFinal standing
20115th out of 10Group stage
20126th out of 10Group stage
20142nd out of 10Runners-up

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

YearKit manufacturersShirt sponsor (front)Shirt sponsor (back)Chest Branding
2009IdeaZandu Balm
2011Hero Honda
2013Videocon d2hBajaj Allianz
2014Jet Airways
Etihad Airways
2020Marriott Bonvoy

KKR Squad 2023, Retained Players List, Roles & Price Details:

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KKR Retained players:

Shreyas Iyer (c)Batsmen12.25 crore
Nitish RanaBatsmen8 crore
Venkatesh IyerAll-Rounder8 Crore
Andre RussellAll-Rounder12 Crore
Sunil NarineAll-Rounder6 Crore
Umesh YadavBowler2 crore
Tim SoutheeBowler1.5 crore
Harshit RanaBowler20 lakh
Varun ChakravarthyBowler8 Crore
Anukul RoyAll-Rounder20 lakh
Rinku SinghBatsmen55 lakh
Rahmanullah GurbazBatsman/Wicket-keeper50 lakh
Shardul ThakurBowler10.75 Crore
Lockie FergusonBowler10 Crore

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team 2023 players list:

Shreyas Iyer (c) (India)Batsmen12.25 crore
Nitish Rana (India)Batsmen8 crore
Venkatesh Iyer (India)All-Rounder8 Crore
Andre Russell (West Indies)All-Rounder12 Crore
Sunil Narine (West Indies)All-Rounder6 Crore
Umesh Yadav (India)Bowler2 crore
Tim Southee (New Zealand)Bowler1.5 crore
Harshit Rana (India)Bowler20 lakh
Varun Chakravarthy (India)Bowler8 Crore
Anukul Roy (India)All-Rounder20 lakh
Rinku Singh (India)Batsmen55 lakh
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)Batsman/Wicket-keeper50 lakh
Shardul Thakur (India)Bowler10.75 Crore
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)Bowler10 Crore
N Jagadeesan (India)Batsmen90 lakh
Vaibhav Arora (India)Bowler60 lakh
Suyash Sharma (India)Bowler20 lakh
David Wiese (Namibia)All-Rounder1 crore
Kulwant Khejroliya (India)Bowler20 lakh
Litton Das (Bangladesh)Wicket-keeper50 lakh
Mandeep Singh  (India)Batsmen50 lakh
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)All-Rounder1.5 crore

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