Over the span of 13 editions of the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders have had tremendous success, winning the trophy two times. The IPL journey of the Kolkata Knight Riders has been nothing short of amazing. They are a squad that has had a lot of difficulties in the past (2008-2010). This time will go down in history as one of their darkest moments.
Then, all of a sudden, a change of jerseys resulted in a change of fortune for them. They rose from the ashes like a phoenix. They moved from being a failing club to a championship-caliber one that has twice won the coveted IPL trophy. Kolkata Knight Riders are now one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League.
The Knight Riders, one of the most successful teams in the league, have been blessed with some of the best players in the world, including Chris Gayle, Gautam Gambhir, and Sourav Ganguly. Fans of the franchise recall the influence of these outstanding players. Certain top players, on the other hand, have slipped under the radar.
Here are the players you never knew played for KKR
Before joining the Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson was a member of the KKR team. He was only at KKR for one season and didn’t even have a chance to play. The next year, he was released from his contract and went on to play for the Rajasthan Royals. Sanju Samson’s efforts for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 Indian Premier League drew worldwide notice. He was one of the tournament’s finest young players, scoring approximately 25 runs each game.
Mohammed Shami is now one of India’s top speed bowlers. In the international arena, he has rapidly earned a lot of success. Shami, on the other hand, was a relatively unknown teenager when he joined KKR in the IPL in 2012. He played two years with KKR, appearing in 11 games and taking just one wicket. He was in poor shape, and KKR made the right decision to let him go. In 2014, his domestic performance earned him a new deal with the Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils).
Mark Boucher’s IPL career began with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he played for three seasons. He was ultimately freed from his contract in 2011. He did, however, find another team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. Because he just played one season with KKR, many fans will forget about his time there. Before being pulled from the starting XI, he scored just 6 runs in four matches for KKR. This was also his final appearance in the IPL for fans. Soon after, he quit all kinds of cricket.
Henriques has played for many IPL teams, the first of which is the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009. The Australian scored 38 runs and took two wickets in four matches. However, he was traded to the Delhi Daredevils for Manoj Tiwary the next season. Henriques has also played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Punjab Kings.
In the first two editions of the IPL, Siddharth Kaul was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders. After his outstanding achievements for India’s U-19 team in the World Cup, Kaul was signed by the franchise. In 2008, he was a member of the KKR coaching staff, but he never got a chance to show off his abilities in a game. He only worked for them for one season before being let go. In 2013, his domestic exploits won him an IPL contract with the Delhi Capitals. When he was given the opportunity to play, however, he fell short of expectations, taking only 6 wickets in 11 games for DC.