Gautam Gambhir is fighting off for the Orange Cap in IPL 10    BCCI
Gautam Gambhir is fighting off for the Orange Cap in IPL 10 BCCI

On Wednesday Gautam Gambhir became the first cricketer to complete 100 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gambhir, who has captained KKR to their two IPL wins in the past, has now a total of 140 IPL matches. His previous 40 matches had come for Delhi Daredevils (DD). Yusuf Pathan, another KKR veteran, is not far behind on the list for playing most matches for KKR: he needs 2 more appearances for the franchise (which he should achieve in the ongoing edition of IPL) to complete his 100 matches as well. KKR, led by Gambhir, are currently placed at the second spot in IPL 10 points table. Full Cricket Scorecard, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Match 30

Gambhir, who joined Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2011, has been at the helm of the franchise s turnaround from a team full of promise to a great deal of deliverability. The game against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Wednesday night, Gambhir completes his 100 matches for KKR. So far, he has scored most runs for them 2,780 runs in 99 games with a highest of 93 and an average of 31.23. Virat Kohli has played most matches for a franchise in IPL 143 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, Kohli has never played for any other side.

Here is a table of players with most matches for Kolkata Knight Riders:

Player Years Matches
Gautam Gambhir 2011-2017 100*
Yusuf Pathan 2011-2017 99*
Sunil Narine 2012-2017 74*
Jacques Kallis 2011-2014 56
Manoj Tiwary 2010-2013 54
Robin Uthappa 2014-2017 52*
Suryakumar Yadav 2014-2017 51
Manish Pandey 2014-2017 49*
Rajat Bhatia 2011-2013 46
Shakib Al Hasan 2011-2017 43
* playing on Wednesday

 

Interestingly, KKR are witnessing a player completing his 100 matches for the first time. Mumbai Indians (MI) have as many as five cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma and Lasith Malinga playing more than 100 matches for them.