Kolkata Knight Riders who is two times champion of IPL have appointed Dinesh Karthik as the new captain of KKR for IPL 2018.
The 32-year old Dinesh Karthik will be replacing KKR’s long-serving captain Gautam Gambhir who joined Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018 Auctions when the KKR chose not to retain him.
New Captain of KKR for IPL-2018
Karthik was picked by KKR for Rs 7.4 crore during the IPL mega auction this year. Karthik and Robin Uthapa were the top two contenders to lead the men in purple and gold. So Dinesh Karthik is appointed as the Captain of KKR and Robin Uthapa as the Vice-Captain of KRR.
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KKR announces New Captain of KKR for IPL 2018
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Dinesh Karthik in IPL
Karthik compiled 361 runs at an impressive average of 36.1 in IPL last season when he played for Gujarat Lions last year.
Karthik is a highly experienced batsman in the IPL, having played 152 matches so far, scoring 2903 runs with the highest score of 86. The 32-year-old has scored runs at an average of 24.81 with a strike-rate of 125.94. He has a total of 14 half-centuries to his name
What he said after becoming new Captain of KKR
“KKR has done well consistently in the last ten years. The team has a great legacy. I am really happy and honoured to lead this side. We have a good blend of youth and experience. We are looking forward to work under coach Jacques Kallis. All the foreign players are really good too. I will try to take the team forward from where Gautam Gambhir left.”
Squad of Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa (VC), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi