The wait is about to be over soon as the Indian Premier League is set to begin from the 9th of April. Unfortunately, IPL 14 is going to be played with no in-person attendance. However, millions of people will be watching the matches live on their televisions, laptops, and smartphones. Dozens of live streaming platforms will be available for the exclusive broadcast of the latest IPL edition. As we know, the 8 teams from the last season will be battling it out yet again. The two new franchises that were supposed to be introduced would have to wait one more year since BCCI will include them in next year’s IPL. Until then, we have the Mumbai Indians defending their crown and looking to win their record 6th title.
On the other hand, we have the third most successful team in IPL’s history, Kolkata Knight Riders, who will be looking to win their third IPL trophy and draw level with Chennai Super Kings. Kolkata Knight Riders squad 2021 definitely looks great in every department. Although they have failed to qualify for the playoffs for the last two seasons, this one could be their turning point. KKR finished at the fifth spot in both IPL 12 and 13, and the fans have been disappointed a bit. However, this time, they will be going with all their might and look to dethrone Mumbai.
So, by now you must have known that in this article we will be discussing the Kolkata Knight Riders squad 2021 for IPL 14. Moreover, the complete Kolkata Knight Riders team schedule, as well as their players’ list, will also be available.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Complete IPL 2021 Schedule
As mentioned above, the Indian Premier will set off on the 9th of April, which isn’t very far. The inaugural match will be between the five-time champions, and the title defenders, Mumbai Indians, and the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore. The second match will be between CSK and DC. Afterward, we have Kolkata Knight Riders going up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on the 11th of April.
The match will be played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium and will begin at 7:30 PM IST. That being said, the following is the complete Kolkata Knight Riders schedule 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad IPL 14
Kolkata Knight Riders squad for 2021 IPL definitely packs a punch. Firstly, Eoin Morgan will be captaining the side once again. Morgan has been a great limited-overs player and will have to lead from the front if KKR is to win the league.
Besides, let’s look at the most expensive pick of KKR squad 2021 for IPL 14. Guess what? We have got the great Bangladeshi all-rounder back in the side. Yes, Shakib Al Hasan is back once again to represent Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR picked him up for 3.2 crore INR in this year’s auction. Shakib has been a top performer with both bat and ball for Kolkata in the previous seasons, and the fans are hopeful that he will do the same this year as well.
Moreover, we have the hard-hitting West Indian all-rounder, Andre Russell as well. Whenever the name of Andre Russell comes, the RCB fans close their eyes in horror. Alongside Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, and Pat Cummins will also represent Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 14.
Talking a bit about some national talent, then we have Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, and players like Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the lineup.
In conclusion, the following is the complete Kolkata Knights Riders team 2021 players list.
KKR Team History
Kolkata Knight riders have been a very competitive team throughout the seasons of IPL. They have been the champions two times, and are at the third spot when it comes to the most titles won. They are just behind CSK who has 3 titles, and Mumbai with 5. Out of the 13 seasons, they have qualified for the playoffs a total of 6 times.
In the first-ever IPL season, KKR had a disappointing performance and finished at the 6th spot. Next year, they had an even worse outing, finishing at the last spot in the group stage. In 2010, they again got out of the tournament being at the 6th position. Finally, in 2011 they qualified for the playoffs, but couldn’t go all the way.
The glory came in the year 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the final to lift the trophy for the very first time. Next year, they failed to defend their title and got knocked out in the group stage. However, 2014 saw them becoming the champions yet again. This time around, it was KXIP who couldn’t go past the team from Kolkata. 2015 wasn’t a great year for them, but afterward, they qualified consistently for the playoffs for three consecutive years but failed to win the title.
The last two years haven’t been kind to them, as they finished just below the 4th spot in the group. Nevertheless, this year can be theirs, and they certainly have the squad to go all the way.
KKR Team Coaches
Kolkata Knight Riders franchise has always had some great people in their coaching and administration departments. Firstly, looking at the head coach, then it is our very own New Zealand legend, Brendon McCullum. Brendon was appointed as the head coach of the team in 2020 and will continue this year as well. Furthermore, the assistant coaching duties are being fulfilled by Abhishek Nayar.
Besides, David Hussey is the mentor of the team, whereas Kyle Mills is the bowling coach. Lastly, James Foster is the appointed fielding coach of the side.
Kolkata Knight Riders Schedule/Players List Download
If you don’t want to keep searching the KKR match schedule again and again, then you can download that from here. Just click on the PDF file below to download the complete Kolkata Knight Riders schedule 2021 and their players’ list.