Ahead of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan have come up with a beautiful message for the fans. The fans and the team are all gearing up for the much-awaited tournament, that will get underway on March 23. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season-opener. Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the most consistent teams in the league this decade, will start their campaigns against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24.
Knight Riders had performed exceedingly well last season. They had overcome several obstacles and exceeded all expectations to make it the to playoffs before losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier. Even before the start of the season, they had lost their star pacer Mitchell Starc and had only 19 players in the squad. Moreover, there were several inexperienced youngsters in the team. The team also had to play under new captain Dinesh Karthik following Gautam Gambhir’s departure to Delhi Capitals.
But led by Karthik, the Knight Riders did extremely well to progress quite far in the tournament. The Knight Riders will now be looking to go all the way this season. And ahead of the season, Shah Rukh Khan has released a brilliant video to set the tone. The video captures the passion and enthusiasm of KKR fans. Shah Rukh ended the vide by saying:
“You pray for us, we play for you till the last breath, till the last run.”
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 18, 2019
Coming to the squad, the Knight Riders have signed the likes of Lockie Ferguson, Carlos Brathwaite and Anrich Nortje for the upcoming season. Recently, they suffered twin injury blows as young pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi were ruled out of the entire season with back injuries. The Knight Riders have already signed up Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa as replacements.