Dinesh Karthik on Friday stepped down because 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.
Underneath Karthik’s captaincy, KKR have to date received 4 of their first seven matches this season and are positioned fourth on the factors desk. Total, Karthik has led KKR in 37 IPL video games since being named because the skipper forward of the 2018 season when he was roped in. He led the group to 19 wins, implying a win proportion of 52.70.
“We’re lucky to have leaders similar to DK, who has all the time put the group first. It takes plenty of braveness for somebody like him to take a choice similar to this. Whereas we had been stunned by his resolution, we’re respectful of his needs, stated Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR.
“We’re additionally lucky that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice-captain, is keen to steer the aspect going ahead. DK and Eoin have labored brilliantly collectively throughout this match and though Eoin takes over as captain, that is successfully a task swap and we count on that this transition will work in a seamless method”
Morgan, who not too long ago led the England ODI group to their maiden World Cup win in 2019 at house, was roped in by Knight Riders for INR 5.25 crore on the December public sale in Kolkata final yr.
Karthik’s batting did come beneath scrutiny in the beginning of this IPL season following scores of 30, zero, 1, 6, 12, however bounced again to attain an innings-reviving 58 off 29 balls in opposition to Kings XI Punjab, a knock that got here when most of his playing cards had been down. He managed 108 runs this season at a strike fee of 136.7 with only one half-century.
KKR will subsequent face their bogey group Mumbai Indians on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.