IPL 2020: Dinesh Karthik hands over Kolkata Knight Riders captaincy to Eoin Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Finally, Dinesh Karthik has done what many Kolkata Knight Riders fans wanted him to do for a fair while. After seven games -exactly at the halfway stage of the competition, Dinesh Kartik has handover the Knight Riders’ captaincy to England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan.
“#IPL2020 Dinesh Karthik informs the KKR management that with a view to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team’s cause, he wishes to hand over the team’s captaincy to Eoin Morgan: #KolkataKnightRiders (KKR),” KKR tweeted on Friday afternoon, while putting out a statement on their website.

The development wasn’t unexpected, but has surprisingly come with just a few hours before KKR’s next match, against the Mumbai Indians on Friday night. With four wins and three losses, KKR are played fourth on the table. Looking weighed down by the burden of captaincy, Karthik has looked off-colour with the bat, scoring just 108 runs in seven [email protected] so far, with just one half-century. In a game against the Delhi Capitals, Morgan smashed 44 off 18 balls, but KKR fell short, leading many fans and experts to question Karthik’s decision to send him at No 6, and not earlier.
England won the ODI World Cup under Morgan’s captaincy last year. The aggressive left-hander has scored 175 runs in seven [email protected]
KKR CEO Venky Mysore said on the KKR website: “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 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.

“On behalf of everyone at KKR, we thank DK for all his contributions as the captain over the past two and a half years and wish Eoin the very best going forward.”


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