KKR have finally announced their skipper for the upcoming IPL season, as Tamil Nadu keeper Dinesh Karthik will lead the Knights this year.
The veteran keeper has had success in lead Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket, as he led them to the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Tamil Nadu Premier League title over the years.
This is what he said after the official announcement,
“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.
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“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,” the newly appointed captain said.
Vice-captain Robin Uthappa was full of praise for DK, and was confident he will do well.
“DK and I know each other from our U-17 playing days; I’m really excited to work with him.”
Coach Simon Katich was also very happy with Karthik, and was sure that he will do a good job for the team.
“I think the thing that stood out is that Karthik is at the age now in his career where he’s got the best years of his career in front of him,” assistant coach Simon Katich noted.
“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% 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,” he added.