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The Knight Riders are my favourite lot in the Indian Premier League. The team represents Kolkata and has won the trophy twice. What makes my inclination towards them more vivid is the fact one of the team's owners is the 'Badshah of Bollywood.' He is none other than Shah Rukh Khan. The home ground of KKR is Eden Gardens, the biggest cricket stadium in India. Initially, when the team was first introduced, its logo consisted a blazing golden Viking helmet which symbolised victory. There are many more amusing facts as this associated with the team.
Let's take you on an enthralling journey. (SRK! I hope you're reading this... :P)
We all know that SRK owns the team and when he bought it, he wanted to ensure everyone looked their best. Hence, the actor asked renowned Bollywood designer and fashion expert Manish Malhotra to design the kit for the players.
The Knight Riders take their name from the popular 1980's series 'Knightrider' in which a young loner, Michael Knight, works against a world of criminals.
The team has recorded IPL's longest winning streak, which stands at 11 matches in a row, in 2014.
The home ground of the team is the biggest ground in India which went under extensive renovation. Earlier, the capacity was 67,000, which later increased to 90,000. This further encourages a wide range of audience to come and watch matches live.
Back in 2008, during the first IPL, Knight Riders' owner, Shah Rukh Khan was banned from entering the team's dressing room during the IPL matches. A few years later, he was banned from the Wankhede Stadium, home to the Mumbai Indians.
Their very own Hoog Lee! While the players shall be busy with their sports skills, the team's mascot, Hoog Lee, won't sit quietly. That's a styled Bengal Tiger for you.
The co-owners of the team Shah Rukh Khan and Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla with her husband Jay Mehta paid USD 75.09 million when they purchased the club.
The Bengali chant literally translates in English to We will act, we will fight and we will win!
The original colours of the team were black and gold. King Khan explained gold symbolises the spirit of life and black represents the Goddess Kali. However, in 2010, the black colour was changed to purple.
Cover image source: Hindustan Times
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