Dinesh Karthik was recently named Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain ahead of the likes of Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn for the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) and co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is positive about the new leadership.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are all set for a fresh start under new captain Dinesh Karthik in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as the franchise co-owner Shah Rukh Khan welcomed the appointment on Monday.
KKR had to scurry for a new captain post the exit of Gautam Gambhir ahead of IPL 2018 auction. Gambhir has led KKR to title wins twice in the past, but the former Indian cricket team opener was not retained.
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Karthik, a prominent run-maker in domestic T20 tournaments, has now been given the responsibility of taking KKR ahead in his first season at the franchise. As the teams gear up for the tournament starting April 7, KKR co-owner Shah Rukh welcomed the appointment via a tweet.
Karthik was chosen KKR captain ahead of their seasoned played Robin Uthappa, who will be deputy to the Tamil Nadu cricketer.
In fact, KKR had to postpone the announcement of their captain due to a shoulder injury that their Australian import Chris Lynn had suffered during the T20I tri-series against New Zealand and England.