As expected, Dinesh Karthik has been dropped as skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The shocking development comes in just few hours before the KKR’s crunch game against Mumbai Indians tonite. Eoin Morgan will now lead the KKR in the remaining games of IPL 2020.
KKR currently under the captaincy of Karthik has been inconsistent in their performance with 4 victories of 7 games. Not only this, Karthik has also been struggling with the bat and has only managed 108 runs at the average of mere 15.42 in 7 games.
According to the info coming in from the KKR camp, his uninspring performance both as the leader and the batsman led to his dimissal as KKR captain.
IPL 2020 : Karthik dropped, KKR management says ‘he himself has stepped down’
Though the official release by KKR management tries to sugercoat the unceremnious exit of Karthik by announcing that Karthik himself has stepped down as captain in the interest of the team.
“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,” Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR said.
The decision, however, does not come as a shocker for many as Karthik’s captaincy had been under a scanner for quite some time.
The world cup winner captain Morgan will now have his task cut out, as in his first game as captain he takes on 4 time champion Mumbai Indians tonite.