The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has started from March 31, 2023. The Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most high-profile teams, as the owners are Shah Rukh Khan, Red Chilies Entertainment, Jay Mehta, and Juhi Chawala. So far, the Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL tournament twice, in 2012 and 2014.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have spent around 87.95 crore rupees on retaining their 14 players. KKR’s selectors used the remaining balance of 7.95 crores to fill 11 vacancies in their squad during IPL Auction 2023.The Kolkata Knight Riders also released a total of 15 players this season.
To bag the services of Bangladeshi all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and David Wiese, KKR invested Rs. 1.5 and 1 crore, respectively.
Kolkata Knight Riders Schedule 2023
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played their first match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on March 1, 2023 in Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium, Mohali and Punjab won the match by 7 runs.
The teams that make the playoffs will compete in the IPL final in 2023. Below mentioned schedule is the official schedule of Kolkata Knight Riders for the season.
|1st April 2023||3:30 PM||KKR vs PBKS (Punjab won by 7 runs)||Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium, Mohali|
|6th April 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs RCB (Kolkata won by 81 runs)||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|9th April 2023||3:30 PM||KKR vs GT (Kolkata won by 3 wickets)||Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|14th April 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs SRH (Hyderabad won by 23 runs)||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|16th April 2023||3:30 PM||KKR vs MI (Mumbai won by 5 wickets)||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|20th April 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs DC (Delhi won by 4 wickets)||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi|
|23rd April 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs CSK (Chennai won by 49 runs)||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|26th April 2023||7:30 PM||RCB vs KKR (Kolkata won by 21 runs)||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru|
|4th May 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs SRH (Kolkata won by 5 runs)||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad|
|8th May 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs PBKS (Kolkata won by 5 wickets)||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|11th May 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs RR (Rajathan won by 9 wickets)||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|14th May 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs CSK (Kolkata won by 6 wickets)||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|20th May 2023||7:30 PM||KKR vs LSG||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Captain 2023
Shreyas Iyer is the captain of the team for the IPL 2023 season. Even in 2022, Shreyas Iyer was the captain of KKR, but the team’s performance was not satisfactory.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Shreyas Iyer for 12.5 crores and this makes Shreyas the most expensive player of IPL 2023 for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Wicket Keeper
For IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have appointed Narayan Jagadeshan (wicketkeeper-batsman), Liton Das (wicketkeeper-batsman), and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper-batsman) for the duty of wicketkeeping.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Squad
Here’s the list of all retained players of IPL 2023 by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Suyash Sharma, Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy, Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Umesh Yadav, Harshit Rana, Tim Southee, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Mandeep Singh, and Shakib Al Hasan
KKR Retained Players
Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rinku Singh.
KKR Coaching Staff
Chandrakant Pandit (Head Coach): Chandrakant Pandit, a former Indian cricketer, has been named Head Coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).Pandit made his test debut against England on June 19, 1986. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hired Chradrakant Pandit as their head coach in 2022.
Abhishek Nayar (Assistant Coach): Abhishek Nayar, a former Indian international cricketer, has been named as their Assistant Coach for the Indian Premier League 2023.
Nayar has played for the Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India, and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Nayar is a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler.
In the off-season of 2018, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) appointed Nayar as their head coach.
Bharat Aarun (Bowling Coach): The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have appointed Bharat Aarun as their Bowling Coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
Aarun bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace.In 2017, Bharat Aarun was appointed as bowling coach for Team India. Bharat Aarun announced his retirement from first-class cricket in November 1993.
James Foster (Fielding Coach): The former English cricketer and coach James Foster is appointed as the field coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Foster is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper.
After retiring from the game of cricket, Foster became a coach, and he was appointed as the head coach of the Khulna Tigers, a franchise of the Bangladesh Premier League, for the 2019–20 season. In the year 2020, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) appointed Foster as their fielding coach.
In the year 2022, he was appointed as the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi for Pakistan Super League 2022.
FAQs related to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Ans. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have won the IPL tournament twice, in 2012 and 2014.
Ans. Shreyas Iyer will be leading the KKR Squad for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
Ans. Capatin Shreyas Iyer is the most expensive player of KKR. Iyer was retained by KKR with a whooping amount of 12.25 crore.
Ans. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) retained 16 players for IPL 2023.
Ans. Kolkata Knight Riders is owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta and Knight Riders Sports Private Limited.