Dinesh Karthik has decided to hand over the captaincy of the Kolkata Knight Riders to Eoin Morgan to focus on his batting.
“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,” Venky Mysore, CEO, Kolkata Knight Riders said in a statement.
“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,” Mysore stated.
The Knight Riders, after seven matches played, are positioned fourth in the points table. They have four wins and three losses, including an 82-run drubbing against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this week.
Karthik has managed a single half-century – his innings of 58 contributing to a two-run win over Kings XI Punjab – from the seven matches he has played, and aggregates 108 runs. Morgan, on the other hand, doesn’t have a half-century to his name but has been more productive with the bat, scoring 175 at an average of 35; he is behind in his team only to Shubman Gill.
Karthik has served as the captain of the Knight Riders ever since Gautam Gambhir stepped down in IPL 2018.