After a string of disappointing performances, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik has opted to step down as captain and English skipper Eoin Morgan will take over the leadership duties. KKR CEO Venky Mysore confirmed the news and also said that Karthik and Morgan will work closely together. Mysore was also hopeful that the transition will be smooth and will work in favour of the franchise, who are currently placed fourth in the points table. Also Read - India vs Australia 2021: IPL 13 to be Blamed for Injury Woes? Justin Langer Suggests so
“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. Also Read - Delhi Nurse Approached India Cricketer During IPL For Inside Information
Kolkata will lock horns with defending champions and table-toppers Mumbai Indians in a crucial encounter on Friday and in all likelihood Morgan – who led England to World Cup victory – would lead the side. After a poor show, fans had been making such a demand on social space as they slammed Karthik’s leadership.
KKR – who lost their last encounter against Bangalore – will look to bounce back against the defending champions at Abu Dhabi.
The decision of Karthik stepping down as captain comes as a surprise to many, but it seems like the franchise has given this move plenty of thought. Netizens have already started reacting to the move and they feel positive about the development.