The Kolkata Knight Riders – champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – gear up to take their challenge to the world stage.
The Champions League T20 (CLT20) presents an opportunity to take on the best in the world and affirm a higher status. For years, Kolkata were a team all about glitz, glamour and certain off-field issues.
However, under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, they have become a no-nonsense unit on the field and are playing to its potential in recent times.
During the IPL 2012, Kolkata played like a team and were consistent throughout. Although they were dependent on Gambhir with the bat for most parts of the tournament, the other players showed the fire to step up at crucial intervals to take the team through.
The best example would be that of Manvinder Bisla – who scripted a scintillating knock in the IPL final when they lost Gambhir early.
One can see such performances at different stages during the IPL 2012 and that shows the number of match-winners they have in their side.