Kolkata Knight Riders are the third-most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League. Under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, KKR managed to win two titles in the IPL 2012 and 2014 edition.
KKR won their first title by beating Chennai Super Kings in the 2012 final. After that, they got the better of Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) to win their second title.
However, since then, they struggled to make a bid for the third title and will be looking forward to doing well in the upcoming season of the IPL. Case in point, each and every club tries their best to sign the right players at the auction.
At times, their signings might not turn out well as they end up becoming flops for the respective franchises. Now, in this article, we will take a glimpse at the two players who were a big flop with KKR but have gone on to become superstars with other teams in the IPL.
1. Suryakumar Yadav
In case you didn’t know, Suryakumar Yadav announced his arrival in the IPL through Kolkata Knight Riders’ franchise. Although he did score runs at a rate of knots with his flashy boundaries and sixes, he struggled to score runs on a consistent basis.
He was purchased at a price of INR 3.2 crore by Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2018 auction and there was no turning back since. Suryakumar Yadav quickly established himself as one of the top batters in T20 cricket. He has played 123 games in the IPL, scoring 2644 runs at an average of 30 including 16 fifties at a strike rate of 136.8.
2. Chris Gayle
Popularly known as “Universe Boss”, Christopher Henry Gayle is by far the best batsman in the shortest format of the game. He was one of the players who was a flop at KKR.
However, his IPL career took a turn when he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore where he stayed there from 2011 to 2017. Chris Gayle played 142 games in the IPL wherein he scored 4965 runs at an average of 49.7 including six centuries and 31 fifties.