IPL 2021 Phase 2: Dinesh Karthik claims “Orange Cap Is One Of The Silliest Awards In The IPL” – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star Dinesh Karthik claims that the Orange Cap is one of the silliest awards to give away in the IPL as he believes it is the finishers who impact the game more. The Orange Cap is awarded to the highest run-getter of the tournament and has been dominated by openers over the years, with the likes of David Warner, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul claiming the award over the years.
IPL 2021: Appearing on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel, former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik believes that finishers impact T20 cricket more than what openers do. The 36-year-old said, “I think the Orange Cap is one of the silliest awards to give away in the IPL. They (the organizers) could think of it in a much better way. Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell would never win the Orange Cap because they would not get the runs a Rohit Sharma or a Quinton de Kock or any other opener gets.”
Karthik added, “What they would do though is influence a lot more matches with their batting than the openers during the course of a season. We are still in that number of runs and those kind of things. But (in T20Is) it comes down to that impact things.”
IPL 2021: Dinesh Karthik is currently in the UK, and is part of the commentary panel for Sky Sports for the ongoing India tour of England. Following this, the 36-year-old will join up with his KKR teammates for the IPL 2021 Phase 2. Karthik over the years has donned the finisher’s role for his side, despite being known as “touch player” for most of his career. Speaking on the shift, Karthik said that he has worked around his limitations to succeed in overs 18-20.
The KKR stated, “Between overs 18 and 20, the highest strike rate in the last four years in the IPL, I think No. 1 is me and then comes everyone else. The difference between them and me is they are power hitters while I am a touch player. I can’t hit a 100-metre six but I can definitely hit a 60-metre six. And what I can do better than them is the reverse scoops or try and get under the bowlers’ nerves by playing with their fields. I can definitely step out and hit a first-ball six. So I have to find ways to hit those boundaries in the right way. My focus in T20 cricket is to get a boundary off the first 3-4 balls.”