In the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to add the third title to their cabinet. The 2012 and 2014 winners, however, will be without their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir this year. The left-hander was bought by Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the IPL 2018 auction and thus had to part ways with KKR.

Knight Riders was the least active team at the IPL 2018 auctions and interestingly, went for India Under-19 cricketers like Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Shubman Gill. However, proven match-winners like Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn are still in their ranks.

Moreover, they managed to bring in Australian pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson. KKR will also have the services of experienced wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who is likely to captain the side.

KKR will open their campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on the second day of IPL 2018, which will be their home game. In their first away game of the season, KKR will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Knight Riders will play seven matches at Eden Gardens which apparently has been their home venue from the inaugural season.  Interestingly, 11 out of 14 KKR’s matches are scheduled at 8:00 pm and mostly on weekends, so that most fans attend these games.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule of KKR for IPL 2018:


Teams Time (IST)


April 07

KKR vs RCB 8:00 PM Eden Gardens, Kolkata
April 10 CSK vs KKR 8:00 PM

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

April 14

KKR vs SRH 8:00 PM Eden Gardens, Kolkata
April 16 KKR vs DD 8:00 PM

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

April 18

RR vs KKR 8:00 PM Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
April 21 KKR vs KXIP 4:00 PM

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

April 27

DD vs KKR 8:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
April 29 RCB vs KKR 8:00 PM

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

May 3

KKR vs CSK 8:00 PM Eden Gardens, Kolkata
May 6 MI vs KKR 4:00 PM

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

May 9

KKR vs MI 8:00 PM Eden Gardens, Kolkata
May 12 KXIP vs KKR 4:00 PM

IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

May 15

KKR vs RR 8:00 PM Eden Gardens, Kolkata
May 19 SRH vs KKR 8:00 PM

Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Full Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Squad for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018:

Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, and Ishank Jaggi.

Knight Riders is one of the most followed teams in the IPL. The Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise has an impressive fan base and that can be gauged by their presence during the KKR’s home games. The 2018 IPL is scheduled to begin on April 7, with the final being played on May 31. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates on Kolkata Knight Riders and Indian Premier League 2018.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Feb 20, 2018 12:56 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website