Dinesh Karthik on Friday handed over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team captaincy to England’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan, ahead of their IPL 2020 match against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Abu Dhabi.
Dinesh Karthik has decided to move away from captaincy with a view to focus on his batting. Karthik, has faced several criticism for his batting performances in the on going season of the IPL 2020.
The Kolkata based franchise, under Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy has so far won four out of their seven matches this season and are sitting fourth on the points table.
Venky Mysore, CEO of the franchise said; “We are fortunate to have leaders such as DK, who has always put the team first. It takes a lot of courage for someone like him to take a decision such as this. While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes.”
“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,” added Mysore.
Dinesh Karthik was appointed as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ahead of the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the legendary Gautam Gambhir left the franchise and joined the Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils).
World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan will lead the side on Friday when the team will be seen playing against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Abu Dhabi.