IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik named Kolkata Knight Riders captain

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders finally revealed who their captain will be for the upcoming Indian Premier League season.KKR handed the baton to Dinesh Karthik ahead of the likes of Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn who were among the favourites to lead the team in 2018.Karthik was bought for a whopping Rs 7.4 crore by KKR at the auction in January in Bengaluru. He played for Gujarat Lions in the last two seasons.Drumrolls!Experienced wicket-keeper batsman, @DineshKarthik will lead the men in Purple and Gold for VIVO @IPL 2018. #KorboLorboJeetbo #KKRKaCaptainKaun pic.twitter.com/558Nkgpj9FKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 4, 2018KKR’s social media handles had been running a poll for a while now and Lynn was the fan favourite to take on the mantle from Gautam Gambhir, who left for Delhi Daredevils during the auction in January.”I think the thing that stood out is that DK is at the age now in his career where he’s got the best years of his career in front of him. He’s been involved in the IPL for 10 years. He’s got a fantastic domestic record captaining Tamil Nadu in the T20 tournament there. I think he’s got a 72 per cent win-rate which is outstanding as a T20 skipper. And obviously, the other thing about him is that he’s got a lot of respect from the players given what he’s achieved on the field and what he’s achieved as a captain domestically. He knows the conditions extremely well. He knows all the overseas players inside out having played so well over the last 10 years and this is a great time to give that opportunity to him and see what he can do,” KKR’s assistant coach Simon Katich said.advertisementAlong with Karthik, Uthappa, Lynn, Vinay Kumar and Piyush Chawla were in the running for the job.Karthik has a vast experience of playing 152 matches in the cash-rich T20 league. KKR will be Karthik’s 6th IPL team after he had played for Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.The 32-year-old has scored 2903 runs with the help of 14 half-centuries.”It is an honour to represent Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the most successful franchises in the IPL and I look forward to this new challenge. I am excited about the squad that has been assembled, which has a great combination of experience and youth. I will do my best to represent brand KKR and the millions of KKR fans,” Karthik said.Karthik will have the services of his deputy Uthappa, who is the most experienced among the Knights. He has played 56 games for the Knights and scored 1806 runs from them at an average of 32.25. He has also hit 14 fifties during his time with the Kolkata franchise and finished with the Orange Cap in 2014, when KKR won their second IPL title. Uthappa slammed 660 runs from 15 matches at an average of 46.73 that year. In the process, he created a T20 record for having scored 40+ scores in 8 consecutive games.Overall, Robbie has played 149 IPL matches and scored 3735 runs and 22 half-centuries — making him the most experienced behind Karthik among his teammates in the KKR side.”To come in at this role is really exciting for me. I’ve been able to add value to the team in the past in different scenarios in different forms. This gives me a more direct impact within the decision-making group so I hope to be adding the kind of value that bring us championships,” Uthappa said.KKR will play their first match against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 8 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.KKR squad: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Robin Uthappa (vice captain), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Johnson, Javon Searlesslast_img

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