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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around US$2.92 billion in fourth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (often abbreviated as KKR) is a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League and owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. Sourav Ganguly, who was the team's Icon Player for the first three seasons, captained the side in the first and third seasons of the tournament while Brendon McCullum led the team in the intervening period. The team won its first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai.

The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are purple and gold. The brand value of the Kolkata Knight Riders was estimated at $57.5 million in 2011, ranking third amongst all ten teams. Although the team has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, it was surrounded with controversy and poor on-field performance through the first three years of the tournament. The team's performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs and made it to the Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012.

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Adam Craig Gilchrist is an Australian international cricketer who currently captains Kings XI Punjab and recently captained Middlesex. He is an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australian national team through his aggressive batting. He is considered to be one of the greatest wicket-keeper-batsmen in the history of the game. He holds the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket keeper in One Day International cricket and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

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KKR logo's launch
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Co-owner Shahrukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta at the launch of the new logo and marketing campaign for KKR in 2012.

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As of 2012, fifty six cricketers have played for the franchise cricket team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), which is one of the teams participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). KXIP have reached the IPL playoffs once. Adam Gilchrist (pictured) is the current captain of the team. Piyush Chawla has played the most matches: 71 since his debut for the franchise in 2008. Shaun Marsh is also the leading run-scorer for DD, scoring 1,603 runs. Marsh, Mahela Jayawardene, Adam Gilchrist, Paul Valthaty has scored one century for KXIP each. Marsh has the team's best batting average: 45.80. Among the bowlers, Chawla has taken more wickets than any other, claiming 73. The best bowling average is Dimitri Mascarenhas's 15.00. Kumar Sangakkara has taken the most catches as wicket-keeper and has made the highest number of stumpings for KXIP. Chawla has claimed the highest number of catches among fielders, taking 21.

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