In the 2008 inaugural season of the IPL, an outstanding 158* off 73 by Brendon McCullum set the stage for the rest of the tournament, turning Kolkata Knight Riders into a global phenomenon.
Kolkata Knight Riders are known for a number of excellent knocks. However, no one can beat the team when it comes to excellent comebacks. The USP of KKR is that they know exactly how to redeem themselves when they have lost an immense amount of supporters. The team has constantly been in the news, whether it be due to their superstar owner Shah Rukh Khan, or due to their unique team decisions like multiple captains.
KKR also has an excellent research team, which always keeps in mind the need of the hour, and is always scouting for new talent. Most famously, KKR backed up Sunil Narine when nobody did, bringing him to the spotlight, and making him one of the best bowlers in the world.
KKR has set a number of records during the eleven years of the IPL. Here’s taking a look at some of them.
Highest Opening Partnership
In the first game of IPL 2017, Gujarat Lions had set up a formidable score of 183-4. However, the captain Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn, who replaced the previous opener Robin Uthappa, made a mockery of the target. The runs were reached in merely 14.5 overs, without the loss of a single wicket. Gambhir scored 76 off 48 balls, and Lynn smashed 93 off 41 balls. This record is yet to be broken.
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Highest Successful Run Chase in Finals
In 2014, KKR had yet another experience of chasing a big score in a final, just like in 2012. They were playing against KXIP, who had reached the finals for the first time. Punjab struggled initially, but with the help of Wriddhiman Saha, they managed to put up a score of 199-4 on the board.
The run total was obviously huge, but in addition, KKR lost Orange-Cap holder Robin Uthappa in the first over itself. However, Manish Pandey rose to the occasion, scoring 94 off 50 balls, coupled with Piyush Chawla, who hit the running runs for KKR with just three balls to go.
Throughout their innings, KKR was well above the asking score of 10, thus setting the record for the highest run score chased in a final.
Bowling rivals for lowest total
In a match of KKR versus RCB in 2017, KKR were bowled out for 131. Sunil Narine gave a good start to the team. However, once he got out at 34 runs, the entire batting side collapsed, with KKR losing 9 wickets in 66 runs. Everyone thought that the match was surely one-sided, with RCB surely winning.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, something which was truly out of a storybook, the KKR bowling line-up rose to the occasion. They did not let the RCB side even cross 50 runs, which should have been a cakewalk for them, given that they had the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers with them. RCB were bowled out for 49, with not one cricketer crossing the double-digit mark.
Most Consecutive Wins in the IPL
The 2014 edition of the IPL was a roller coaster ride for the Kolkata Knight Riders. In the first seven games, they lost five and won only two. They were in the bottom half of the table, and their chances of qualifying were next to nil.
However, KKR lived up to their reputation of historic comebacks, and how. In what seemed like magic, they won the remaining seven games, won the first qualifier, and went on to pick up the trophy for the 2014 IPL tournament. In this edition, they went on a 9-match unbeaten streak. They then won the first game of the Champions League that year, finishing the streak at 10 matches, a record that remains unbroken till today.
Highest Score in the Powerplay
In 2017, RCB and KKR had yet another iconic showdown. During the first inning by RCB, Mandeep Singh and Travis Head helped Bangalore put up a decent score of 158-6 on the scoreboard. Having to chase 159, skipper Gambhir chose a new tactic, sending recently recovered Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to open. This was surely odd, but an excellent decision nonetheless. They did not show respect to any bowler, smashing an astounding 105 runs in the powerplay. Narine smashed a 50 in just 15 balls, and Lynn followed suit in 21 balls. They broke the record of CSK, who held the record of most runs in the first six overs at 100-2 and still maintain it to this day.