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IPL 2020: Dinesh Karthik drops as KKR captain, hands over to Eoin Morgan

Dinesh Karthik on Friday announced to handover the Kolkata Knight Riders captaincy to England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan. The information was shared on the franchise’s official website. Dinesh Karthik made the decision to focus on his batting and “contributing more to the team’s cause”.

Kolkata Knight Riders will be seen in action on Friday when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR said, “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.”

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“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,” he further added.

KKR has blown hot and cold this season, and Morgan will be tasked with bringing more consistency to the team’s performance. KKR is currently fourth in the IPL 2020 Points Table with four wins and three losses to their name.

However, they have lost two of their last four matches with the inconsistencies within the team coming to the fore.

Karthik himself has had a tumultuous time with the bat. Barring a quickfire 58 against Kings XI Punjab, the wicketkeeper-batsman has failed miserably.
The Irishman has played all seven games for KKR so far this season, scoring 175 runs at an average of 35 and a strike-rate of 129.62. He is, in fact, the second-highest run-getter for KKR in IPL 2020, behind Shubman Gill.

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