Kolkata Knight Riders

Published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 18:23 [IST]
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Owner:SRK & Juhi Chawla-owned Red Chillies Entertainment
Cost:$75.09 million
CEO:Joy Bhattacharya
Icon Player/Capt:Sourav Ganguly
Coach/Consultants:John Buchanan
Catchment Areas:Bengal (CAB), Jharkhand (JCA), Assam (ACA), Tripura (TCA) and associate member Sikkim

Players thro' auction: Ricky Ponting (Aus); Chris Gayle (Windies); Ishant Sharma (Ind); Brendon McCullum (NZ); Shoaib Akhtar (Pak); David Hussey (Aus); Ajit Agarkar (Ind); Murali Kartik (Ind); Salman Butt (Pak); Umar Gul (Pak); Tatendu Taibu (Zim); Mohd Hafeez (Pak).

U-22 Players: Siddarth Kaul (Ind U-19); Iqbal Abdullah (Ind U-19).

Players from catchment area: Randeb Bose (CAB); Laxmi Ratan Shukla (CAB); Saurashish Lahiri (CAB); Wriddhiman Saha (CAB).

Ranji Players: Akash Chopra (Del); Cheteshwar Pujara (Sau)

The fabulous SRK, ravishing Juhi Chawla, Prince of Indian cricket Sourav Chandidas Ganguly and the Colosseum of the sport Eden Gardens make Kolkata Knight Riders, the only IPL franchise from the Eastern part of India, a most sought after team in the league

Riders' start as favourites in the inaugural chapter for three reasons: a) They have a balanced unit. b) A strong support staff spearheaded by the tough task master John Buchanan. c) The big spending, child-like enthusiasm of SRK and sport-passionate Bengalis, who are already identifying with there team.

A mixture of youth and experience makes up the Ganguly-led Riders' contingent. Kolkata side have old horses in the shape of Ponting, Gayle, Akhtar, Agarkar, Kartik and captain himself and new blood in the form of Ishant, David Hussey, Butt, Gul et al.

S Ganguly
Rs 4.37 crore
Matches : 13     Runs: 349
LR Shukla
Rs 12 lakh
Matches : 13     Runs: 163
Wickets : 6
Points* : 469
Value# : 93177
Wickets : 6
Points* : 283
Value# : 4240
S Butt
Rs 40 lakh
Matches : 7     Runs: 193
A Agarkar
Rs 1.4 crore
Matches : 9     Runs: 54
S Akhtar
Rs 1.8 crore
Matches : 3     Runs: 2
I Sharma
Rs 3.8 crore
Matches : 13     Runs: 11
A Dinda
Rs 12 lakh
Matches : 13     Runs: 2
U Gul
Rs 60 lakh
Matches : 6     Runs: 39
D Hussey
Rs 2.5 crore
Matches : 13     Runs: 319
B McCullum
Rs 2.8 crore
Matches : 4     Runs: 188
M Karthik
Rs 1.7 crore
Matches : 6     Runs: 30
R Ponting
Rs 1.6 crore
Matches : 4     Runs: 39

* - Total points are calculated by adding one point per run scored plus 20 points per wicket taken
# - The value is the rupees spent for evety point scored

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