Dinesh Karthik on Friday stepped down as the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, forward of their IPL 2020 tie in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi, and handed over the accountability to England’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan. Karthik took the choice with a view to concentrate on his batting.
Under Karthik’s captaincy, KKR have up to now gained 4 of their first seven matches this season and are positioned fourth on the factors desk. Overall, Karthik has led KKR in 37 IPL video games since being named as the skipper forward of the 2018 season when he was roped in. He led the workforce to 19 wins, implying a win proportion of 52.70.
“We are lucky to have leaders such as DK, who has at all times put the workforce first. It takes a variety of braveness for somebody like him to take a choice such as this. While we had been shocked by his choice, we’re respectful of his needs, mentioned Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR.
“We are also fortunate that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice-captain, is willing to lead the side going forward. DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap and we expect that this transition will work in a seamless manner”
Morgan, who recently led the England ODI team to their maiden World Cup win in 2019 at home, was roped in by Knight Riders for INR 5.25 crore at the December auction in Kolkata last year.
Karthik’s batting did come under scrutiny at the start of this IPL season following scores of 30, 0, 1, 6, 12, but bounced back to score an innings-reviving 58 off 29 balls against Kings XI Punjab, a knock that came when most of his cards were down. He managed 108 runs this season at a strike rate of 136.7 with just one half-century.
KKR will next face their bogey team Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.