Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' lacklustre campaign lit up on Tuesday for the wrong reasons after batsman Manoj Tiwary took to the Twitter to vent his feelings following his continued exclusion from the playing eleven.
Tiwary's tweet it was the worst day of his
cricketing career added to the gloom after KKR lost to Mumbai Indians by 65 runs. Although, the Bengal Ranji skipper deleted the tweet and claimed his account was hacked, the damage had been done.
However, a peek into their history will show KKR and controversies go hand-in-hand. The first of many problems cropped up in 2008 when the West Bengal government imposed entertainment tax for a proposed Bollywood show before a match. Shah Rukh and the government were at loggerheads before it was eventually waived.
In 2009 in South Africa, KKR coach John Buchanan's multiple-captains theory was openly disapproved by icon player Saurav Ganguly.
Things turned volatile when an anonymous blogger calling himself a 'fake player' narrated sensational and often unflattering stories about the team. Only later did the author reveal himself and say it was fictional.
The 2010 edition went peacefully, but when Ganguly was dropped from the side in 2011, it led to an uproar in Kolkata. Angry fans formed a group called 'No Dada, No KKR' to show their support to Ganguly.
An improved show won the team their support base, but fan loyalty was still divided when Pune Warriors featuring Ganguly played in Kolkata.
Last year, Shah Rukh Khan was banned from the Wankhede for five years after the film star got into a confrontation with stadium security men.
With the team's performances going haywire, Tiwary's tweet has only brought unwanted focus back on the team.
Thanks to teams like Royals, Sunrisers and Kings XI, the monotony of one-sided matches has been lifted.