IPL titles: 2
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the league twice, in 2012 and 2014. They are third in the most titles category with Mumbai Indians leading with four followed by Chennai Super Kings with three. KKR have made it to the playoffs six times in 13 seasons including winning two championships. They have had a start-stop record in the league recently and haven't managed to reach the final since 2014.
Here's how they have fared year on year
How did they fare in the previous season: KKR couldn't make it to the playoffs and missed out by a whisker in a three-way tie. SRH had a better Net Run Rate (+0.577) compared to KKR (+0.028) and KXIP (-0.251) as they all finished on 12 points. Kolkata finished fifth in the table.
Win percentage: 52.52
KKR have the fourth-best win percentage of 52.52 having won 92 of the 178 matches played. They have lost 83 matches.
Highest run-getter: Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir has been KKR's all-time highest run-getter with 3035 runs from 108 innings at 31.61. He amassed 27 fifties and possessed a strike rate of 124.28.
From the current crop, Andre Russell is the highest run-getter with 1342 runs from 48 innings at 35.31. He's hit eight fifties and possesses a staggering strike rate of 188.74.
Highest wicket-taker: Sunil Narine
Narine has scalped most wickets for KKR with 122 wickets from 109 innings at 23.31. He boasts an impressive economy rate of 6.67 and an average of 20.9. He has one five-wicket and six four-wicket hauls.
Highest individual score: Brendon McCullum 158 not out vs RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
McCullum set the ball rolling in the very first match of the IPL with iconic innings of 158 from 73 balls including 13 sixes and 10 fours. The record of the innings being the highest score in IPL remained for five years before Chris Gayle surpassed it with 175 not out at the same venue against Pune Warriors in 2013. It still remains the second-highest individual score in the league.
Highest team score: 245/6 vs KXIP in Indore:
Powered by half-centuries from Sunil Narine the opener (75 off 36 balls) and captain Dinesh Karthik (50 off 23 balls), KKR posted 245/6 batting first against KXIP at the Holkar Stadium in 2018. KKR won the match as KXIP fell short by 31 runs.
Favourite opponent: Kings XI Punjab
KKR have had the most success against KXIP (For teams against whom KKR has played 10 or more matches). They have a 68 percent win record against them having won 17 of the 25 matches and lost 8.
Bogey opponent: Mumbai Indians
KKR haven't had a great time against MI having lost 19 of the 25 matches and won just 6 with a win percentage of just 24, their least against all teams (For teams against whom KKR has played 10 or more matches).
When they played in the UAE: They didn't have the best of starts to the league in 2014, winning just 2 out of five in the UAE leg. However, they bounced back hard and went on to win the title that year.
Lesser known facts:
IPL 2020 auctions players bought: Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green
IPL 2020 players traded in: Siddhesh Lad
IPL 2020 retained players: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi.
IPL 2020 released players: Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Srikant Munde, Yarra Prithviraj, Anrich Nortje.
IPL 2020 full squad: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik
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All you need to know about Kings XI Punjab
Morgan will be joining the side after leading England to their maiden World Cup glory in 2019 and Rana, who led Delhi at domestic level, is excited.
KKR cannot complain about the team on paper. Now, It all comes down to how quickly they become a potent force in the tournament and the consistency with which they play right through the tournament.