The Kolkata Knight Riders franchise got immense popularity due to its integration with great celebrity owners and their dedication to the Indian Premier League trophy. Kolkata Knight Riders entered the IPL playoffs for the first time in 2011. They got the title of IPL champions in 2012, by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. They repeated the trend of winning the IPL trophy in 2014, by defeating Kings XI Punjab. Both times the team won the IPL trophy under the captainship of Gautam Gambhir. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team mainly depends a lot on their overseas bowlers to come. They have taken in a lot of Indian players who have performed well in the IPL previously. Here are the top 10 best bowlers of Kolkata Knight Riders-
1. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is a West Indian right-arm off-break bowler who is currently not a part of Punjab Kings. He became a noticeable player with the Kolkata Knight Riders team. He leads the tables as wicket-taker with 122 wickets in 110 outings at an average of 23.31 and an economy rate of 6.67 for Kolkata Knight Riders.
2. Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla is one of the primary leg-spinner all-rounders in the Indian Premier League; Piyush Chawla has shown himself as a brilliant player for Kolkata Knight Riders from the time he joined the team in 2014. He has taken 66 dismissals in around 70 matches from the KKR side.
3. Andre Russell
Andre Russell is the Jamaican Professional cricketer and one of the most explosive batsmen in the Twenty20 format; Andre Russell has been comfortable with the ball too for KKR. The West Indies star successfully took 54 wickets in just 57 matches.
4. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav is India’s leading fast bowlers, who performed amazingly for the Kolkata Knight Riders. During his period with the Kolkata Knight Riders, this right-arm fast pace bowler claimed 48 wickets in 47 matches.
5. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is a Bangladeshi all-rounder, he became very beneficial for the Kolkata Knight Riders team during his stay with the team. Shakib was continuously able to take wickets even under the pressure phases of the match. On record, he has claimed 43 wickets in 43 matches.
6. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is the South African legendary all-rounder who spent his sensational long period with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise who is comfortable with both the bat and ball. In his 56 innings played for Shah Rukh Khan's co-owned team, Kallis has a wicket count of 42 wickets.
7. Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav is well-known as India’s mystery spinner; Kuldeep Yadav has been one of the vital bowlers for Kolkata Knight Riders in recent years. The leg spinner has 39 wickets in 40 matches.
8. Lakshmipathy Balaji
Lakshmipathy Balaji is a former Indian fast-bowler. He successfully bowled on the sluggish pitches at Eden Gardens during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders. Balaji was an excellent bowler in the death overs and has claimed 33 wickets in 35 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders.
9. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel is the former South African fast bowler who makes any batsman uncomfortable with his pace of batting and wing with the ball. Under the captainship of Gautam Gambhir, Morne Morkel successfully claimed 32 wickets in 29 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders.
10. Rajat Bhatia
Rajat Bhatia is a very experienced player in the domestic cricket circuit; he always had the upper hand on the batsmen with his variations with the ball. He successfully managed to take 32 wickets in 46 matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders team.