Kolkata Knight Riders will be led by a new captain as the Indian Premier League enters the second half of the round-robin stage.
Dinesh Karthik has relinquished his position as the KKR captain. The wicketkeeper-batsman has made the decision to focus on his batting. He was leading the team since 2018 after Gautam Gambhir had stepped down.
📰 “DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap,” says CEO and MD @VenkyMysore #IPL2020 #KKR https://t.co/6dwX45FNg5
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 16, 2020
England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan will lead the team, revealed KKR CEO Venky Mysore.
“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 (for England), who has been the vice-captain, is willing to lead the side going forward,” Mysore said in a statement.
The Knight Riders are placed in the fourth position with four wins and three losses after seven matches.
Karthik has been able to managed only 108 runs from seven outings, with his best being a 58 in the two-run win over Kings XI Punjab.
Morgan brings with him the experience of leading England in 126 One Day Internationals and 52 One Day Internationals, winning 77 and 30 games respectively.