Kolkata Knight Riders
With a franchise co-owner, a Bollywood megastar and its fan cricket fanatics, it is prudent to say that Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the most popular franchise in the Indian Premiere League. KKR lit up the IPL in the very first match of the inaugural edition thanks to a breathtaking 150 by Brendon McCullum. However, things went downhill from there on as the franchise failed to qualify in the playoffs of the first three seasons.
The 2011 auction witnessed a change of guard at the leadership level as Gautam Gambhir was bought by the Shah rukh Khan owned franchise was subsequently elevated to the captaincy post. The change in guard brought subsequent rewards as Gambhir, blessed with a pristine game-sense and leadership attributes, managed to build a core of the side around Russel, Narine, Chawla, Kallis and Yusuf Pathan which went to acquire two IPL titles (2012 & 2014).
While, KKR will have a new leader this time around in Dinesh Karthik, the franchise has manged to retain the core and with fresh recruits in Starc coming in, IPL 2018 promises to be a pulsating affair for the Knight Riders.