Bollywood 'Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan refuses to be called the "badshah of cricket" following the recent title victory of his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He says the credit for the win goes to the entire team.
Australian speedster Brett Lee is impressed with the leadership skills of his IPL-winning side Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and praised him for the way he lived up to the challenge of captaining a side with players from different countries.
The Bengal government's decision to organise an extravagant felicitation function for the IPL V winners, Kolkata Knight Riders has created a controversy with several prominent political leaders and cricket experts questioning the wisdom of spending so much on the achievement of a domestic club side.
Clad in purple, 16-year old Nilu Mandal was dancing away in front of Eden Gardens at 8am on Tuesday. Nothing untoward, except that the Madhyamik results were out and Mandal was yet to pick up his marksheet. HT reports.
Was it a motivational video that team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan showed to the Kolkata Knight Riders cricketers charge up the team hours before the Indian Premier League final? So says key players.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly today hailed the maiden victory of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, saying the team was destined to win and credited little-known Manvinder Singh Bisla for the triumph.
Elated at the Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title, the West Bengal government will felicitate the victorious city franchise in a ceremony at the Eden Gardens, said chief minister Mamata Banerjee today.
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said while his team's strategy to target Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir worked, little known Manvinder Bisla's outstanding knock came as a surprise and snatched the game away from the defending champions.
The Mumbai Cricket Association officials, who had imposed a five-year ban on Shah Rukh Khan, are likely to discuss later on Monday the apology rendered by the Bollywood superstar at Chennai on Sunday night for his misbehaviour at the Wankhede Stadium on May 16.
It is common knowledge that sportsmen tend to relate success with superstition and it has been affirmed by Gautam Gambhir who has been so superstitious through the IPL that he stuck to his routine of keeping his pads on till the very end in every game.
Jubilant Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Sunday said that it was about completing a mission they had embarked upon when the tournament started 54 days back.
Daredevils stuck with their tried and tested plan of fielding four quickies, including all-rounder Irfan Pathan. Riding on an impressive show by their spin trio, the Knight Riders stormed to their maiden IPL final with an 18-run victory. Scorecard
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As much as the focus was on the Daredevils and the Knight Riders on Tuesday, the attention was also on some of India's biggest domestic and international players of the past. Amol Karhadkar
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