Last season, Kolkata Knight Riders stood 5th in the IPL & missed the playoffs breaking its steak of since 2016, but expects to cool their rage with hand in the IPL trophy this season (IPL 2020). The 2-time IPL Champions (2012 & 2014 season) have played in the IPL since its foundation in 2008, counting it as the 13th season of IPL as well as theirs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders, in the 2012 IPL season stood 1st in the league table & won the IPL season, defeating 3-time IPL champ Chennai Super Kings (190/3, 20 overs) by 5 wickets, with 148/9 (20 overs).
For the 2020 IPL aka Vivo IPL, Dinesh Karthik will have the captainship of the team, leading for the 3rd consecutive times, ever since he replaced Gautam Gambhir since 2018 IPL season. In his debut season, Karthik led the team into playoffs (2018 IPL Season), but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 by 14 runs.
How & Where To Watch Kolkata Knight Riders Live Stream Games In IPL 2020?
With IPL 2020 scheduled to start on March 29, the Kolkata Knight Riders games are in heavy demand all over the world, with many fans searching platforms to stream the game live. The VIVO IPL aka 2020 IPL is available for the online stream as well as live TV broadcasting, though, seems to lack platform for free streaming.
With pay-TV options & subscriptions, one can enjoy IPL 2020 live stream while with the OTT facility of Hotstar, live games of IPL can be streamed on mobile devices including mobile phones & tablets.
Online Streaming & TV Broadcasting Channel To Watch 2020 IPL Live
Since 2018, Star India has the exclusive rights for domestic TV & online streaming as well as international broadcasting. Star India’s most anticipated OTT platform Hostar (website & App) has broadcasting partners in the UK & Canada under HotStar UK and Hotstar Canada respectively.
Furthermore, Yupp TV and SuperSport app & its official website will stream VIVO IPL 2020 live as well.
For TV broadcasting, the United States viewers can watch at Willow TV while the UK Viewers & the Australian viewers can enjoy at BT Sports & Fox Cricket respectively.
The Star India Network will provide the live coverage of the 2020 IPL for Indian sub-continental countries in 6 different languages.
List of TV Broadcasters of IPL 2020: Enjoy Live Stream Of IPL
|Countries||TV Channels (Pay TV)|
|United Kingdom||Hotstar UK, Star Gold, BT Sports|
|United States||Willow TV|
|India & its sub-continent countries||Star Sports, DD Sports (one hour delay)|
|MENA Countries||BeIN Sports|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports NZ|
Note: Pakistan will not be live streaming the IPL 2020 games.
Where To Watch Kolkata Knight Riders Match Highlights?
After the match ends, you can enjoy Kolkata Knight Riders game highlights of every match in the official iplt20 website (https://www.iplt20.com/), moreover, HD feature will also be available.
2020 IPL: Players To Watch In Kolkata Knight Riders
Indeed, like every team, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Dinesh Karthik, the one named as Cricinfo and CricBuzz IPL XI in 2018 IPL season, will be on the first watch list. Despite the fact, he couldn’t finish well last season of the IPL, there is no doubt in his leadership may grab the team their 3rd IPL glory. So far, he has batting averages 30.20 in ODI with 1,752 runs and 33.25 in T20I with 399 runs.
Aside from the captain, the Knight Riders will have speculation on other 3 new players as well: Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, and Pat Cummins.
Morgan, the white-ball captain of England & left-handed batsmen, may have IPL debut with KKR, though, seems not less than a veteran with more than a decade of experience. Named as the captain of a World XI team in T20I (2018) and captain for England’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Morgan’s accumulation may prove fruitful this season for KKR.
Tom Banton, England’s emerging wicketkeeper and batsmen made a record of 223 runs (5 sixes in 16 balls) in seven innings at a strike-rate of 176.98 in Big Bash League (2019- 2020 season).
With Morgan in batting & Banton in wickets, the KKR almost tightened its team with potential in every aspect with the addition of fast bowler Pat Cummins. The Australian-born international cricketer, named Test Cricketer of the Year by ICC In January 2020, had his stint already with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 for a season. During the 2011 test match with South Africa, Cummings became the 2nd players to take six wickets in an innings after Enamul Haque Jr., took 1/38 and 6/79.
Kolkata Knight Riders Retention & New Signings For IPL 2020
The Knight Riders went with 13 retentions this season & also added in Siddhesh Lad through trade in the squad. Through, auction, where the KKR went on with 35.65 crore INR purse, they spent the highest amount for an overseas player by any team this season with the purchase of Australian all-rounder Pat Cummins for 15.5 crore INR (the US $2.2 million). The team bought further 3 overseas players: Morgan, Banton & Green.
Here is the list of retained & newly bought players:
Retained Players: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi.
Bought Players: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddhartha, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Pravin Tambe.
Players Released From Kolkata Knight Riders
This season, the Kolkata Knight Riders saw a huge release after they were disappointed last season- tey released 10 players in total.
Released Players: Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Srikant Munde, Yarra Prithviraj, Anrich Nortje.
Fixtures For Kolkata Knight Riders For VIVO IPL 2020 Season
Kolkata Knight Riders will have 7 games out of 14, at their home-ground Eden Gardens & the rest 7 will be away games.
The fixtures of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020 are:
|March 31, 2020 (Tuesday)||@ Royal Challengers Bangalore||8:00 PM||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Banglore|
|April 3, 2020 (Friday)||Vs. Delhi Capitals||
Eden Gardens in Kolkata
|April 6, 2020 (Monday)||Vs. Chennai Super Kings|
|April 9, 2020 (Thursday)||@ Rajasthan Royals||TBA|
|April 12, 2020 (Sunday)||Vs. Mumbai Indians||Eden Gardens in Kolkata|
|April 16, 2020 (Thursday)||@ Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad|
|April 19, 2020 (Sunday)||@ Delhi Capitals||4:00 PM||Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi|
|April 23, 2020 (Thursday)||Vs. Kings XI Punjab||8:00 PM||Eden Gardens in Kolkata|
|April 26, 2020 (Sunday)||@ Kings XI Punjab||4: 00 PM||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Maholi|
|April 28, 2020 (Tuesday)||@ Mumbai Indians||8: 00 PM||Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai|
|May 2, 2020 (Saturday)||Vs. Rajasthan Royals||Eden Gardens in Kolkata|
|May 7, 2020 (Thursday)||@ Chennai Super Kings||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai|
|May 10, 2020 (Sunday)||Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore||
Eden Gardens in Kolkata
|May 15, 2020 (Friday)||Vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad|