Shah Rukh Khan, who is the co-owner of Kolkata’s IPL team Kolkata Knight Raiders, said he was very happy to be a party in the team which will be led by Sourav Ganguly.
At the function, Shah Rukh launched the official team logo of “Kolkata Knight Raiders” and also launched “Hoog Lee”, its mascot, which is an animated picture of a tiger. A royal Bengal tiger. The main aim was to focus on nurturing the youth talent in the country which is abundant and to go for a team, which is youth-centric, he said.
The team jersey of Kolkata Knight Raiders was designed by Manish Malhotra and will have gold and black colour combination. Black colour in the jersey represents the goddess kali, a favourite goddess of Bengalis and the gold colour represents the team’s hunger for gold.
Here is an excerpt from The Telegraph:
Shah Rukh handed the golden viking helmets to coach John Buchanan, captain-icon Sourav Ganguly and CAB president Prasun Mukherjee, declaring war against the other seven teams. The first match will be played in Bangalore on April 18, pitting the Knight Riders against Bangalore’s Royal Challengers.
The helmet — the Knight Riders’ logo — is in black and gold, in keeping with the battle theme. Black is “the spirit of Ma Kali as the destroyer of demons” while gold signifies “the team’s aim to win the battle of life”.
The team mascot is a Royal Bengal Tiger called Hoog Lee —“better than any Lee in the world” — a play on Hooghly and googly.
The players’ kits for the Kolkata Knight Raiders would be sponsored by the international apparel brand Reebok.
The function also saw the launch of Kolkata IPL team’s theme song, “Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo” (We will do it, we will fight it, we will win it), composed by music director duo Vishal and Shekhar. Shah Rukh said, “We have a lot of plans for cricket and entertainment as well during the tournament but those would be disclosed when they happen. We will try to bring lots of things on stage without distracting the game.”
Sourav Ganguly’s team includes Shoaib Akhtar, Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Brendon Mccullum, Umar Gul, Tatenda Taibu, Ajit Agarkar, Ishant Sharma, Murali Kartik, Akash Chopra, Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, R Saha, Sourashish Lahiri and Rohan Banerjee.