Indian premier league has reached several heights and Kolkata knight riders are one of the reasons behind this. Owned by Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and versatile actress Juhi Chawla Kolkata knight riders are one of the most popular and successful teams in the history of the IPL. It has produced so many interesting matches over the years and their continuous efforts to build a strong core of players are one of the vital reasons for their success. They are a strong team in all departments like batting, bowling, and fielding and produced memorable matches over the years. They have also given equal importance in nurturing the young domestic talents like Sachith Prasanna, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, subhuman gill and many others which is also the primary reason for their success over the years. Here is the list of the top 5 run scorers for them:
#1 Gautham Gambhir
Man of the match of India’s world cup triumphs Gautham Gambhir was the main reason for their success over the years. In 2011 they formed the core bunch of players under Gautham Gambhir which helped Kolkata knight riders to reach several heights. Under Gautham Gambhir, Kolkata has won the title twice and reached playoffs thrice which speak the volumes of his captaincy. Not only good in captaincy his ability to give strong starts as an opener has also helped them to emerge as victorious on many occasions. He is the most successful captain in the history of the IPL after MS Dhoni. During his brief stint with Kolkata knight riders, Ghambir has scored 3345 runs at an average of 31 and with the strike rate of around 125. Gautham Gambhir’s role as a mentor and a captain helped the youngsters to horn their skills in the tournament. Later he moved on to Delhi in 2018 where he played IPL during initial seasons and now officially got retired from all forms of the cricket including IPL.
#2 Robin Uthappa
The man who played a pivotal role during India’s t20 world cup campaign in 2007 is one of the batting mainstays of KKR’s outfit. This Karnataka lad has also doing wicketkeeping for Kolkata making him a dynamic player over the years. His ability to fit in at any position when it comes to batting and his ability to switch gears when needed and ability to score briskly at the end of the innings and capable of playing long innings makes him so special. Uthappa played for Bangalore and Mumbai before moving to KKR and the move turned out to be a massive success for both KKR and Uthappa. So far Uthappa has scored 2367 runs in 78 innings at an average of 31.56 and strike rate of around 139. KKR is hoping for him to put a strong performance in the upcoming edition in order to advance to semi-final stages. Hope he can repeat the same performance which he delivered over the years for KKR.
#3 Yusuf Pathan
Big-hitting all allrounder Yousuf Pathan needs no introduction to IPL. The veteran batsmen who are known for big hitting abilities and handy off-spin which can trouble any batsmen on slow surfaces made him so special over the years. Initially, he started his career in Rajasthan Royals which was so successful for him and later on he moved to KKR where he has been the mainstay of their batting unity till 2017. He has scored 2061 runs for KKR over the years with the strike rate of around 135 and with an average of 30. His vast experience in the t20 circuit also came in handy for them and he has helped to seal victory in many matches he played. His highest score in KKR remains as 72 which came against mighty Mumbai Indians in 2014 season and he has also scored 7 fifties for them over the years. Currently, he is playing for sunrises Hyderabad.
#4 Jacques Kallis
One of the most prolific all-rounders the game has ever produced the legend Jacques Kallis’s name in the list does not surprise anybody given his caliber. After his brief stint with Bangalore Royal challengers during the initial years later he moved on to Kolkata knight riders was he had a successful IPL career. The man who can score heavily against any bowling attack and vast experience under his belt Jacques Kallis has scored 1603 runs in 67 innings with the strike rate of 108 and at an average of 28.12. His highest score remains as 80* in IPL and that too came when he is playing for KKR. He officially got retired from all forms of the cricket and currently serving as the batting consultant for same Kolkata knight riders. Under him, the team has shown tremendous improvement which is also expecting to do well in an upcoming edition of the IPL.
#5 Manish Pandey
The man who is touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket during the initial stages of his cricketing career Manish Pandey had an excellent career in IPL for Kolkata knight riders. The Karnataka batsmen who made the history by becoming the first Indian player to score a century in I in 2009 started his IPL career for Bangalore Royal challengers and later moved on to Kolkata knight riders. He is the regular member of the Indian team that won 2008 U-19 world cup under Virat Kohli and later he is having an indifferent career over the years. Yet to find his mark at international level Manish Pandey has scored 1442 runs in 60 matches for Kolkata with the average of 32 and strike rate of 126. His ability to play long innings and ability to play at any position make him so special. He has delivered when the team requires him the most and he has matured a lot as a batsman when he is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. Currently, he moved on to sun risers Hyderabad and expecting a strong performance from him in an upcoming edition.
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