Dinesh Karthik has decided to hand over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captaincy to England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, the franchise announced on their website on Friday. According to the website, Dinesh Karthik made the decision to focus on his batting and “contributing more to the team’s cause”.
The KKR management thanked Karthik for his contributions as captain “over the past two and a half years” and wished Eoin Morgan the best going forward.
Kolkata Knight Riders are going to be seen in action on Friday, once they combat defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
“We are fortunate to possess leaders like Dinesh Karthik, who has always put the team first. It takes tons of courage for somebody like him to require a choice like this.
While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes and we are also fortunate that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice-captain, is willing to steer the side going forward,” Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR, was quoted as saying on the official website.
“Dinesh and Morgan have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is often effectively a task swap and that we expect that this transition will work in a seamless manner ever,” he added.
Eoin Morgan’s first assignment as the captain doesn’t get much harder than the task at hand with KKR facing an in-form Mumbai Indians team later today.
KKR has some hot and cold this season, and Morgan will be tasked with bringing more consistency to the team’s performance. KKR is currently fourth on the IPL 2020 Points Table with four wins and three losses to their name.
However, KKR has lost two of their last four matches with the inconsistencies within the team coming to the fore.
DK himself has had a tumultuous time with the bat. he scored 58 runs against Kings XI Punjab, the wicketkeeper-batsman has failed miserably.
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