Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has opined that a tough start for KKR can be an opening for Eoin Morgan to replace Dinesh Karthik as skipper. Dinesh Karthik will continue to captain the Kolkata Knight Riders in the second straight season. England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan has returned to the Kolkata based side for a second stint with the team this season and his captaincy skills will most likely complement Karthik on the field.
KKR will play their first game in the IPL against reigning champions MI on 23rd September. KKR are staying at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. They have have been training for the past two weeks, in the scorching heat of UAE.
Sunil Gavaskar believes Eoin Morgan can replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain if they don’t start off their campaign right
Cricketer turned commentator Gavaskar believes the addition of England batsman Eoin Morgan adds stability and experience to a very aggressive batting of KKR. He also said there is a possibility that a tough start for KKR can be an opening for Eoin Morgan to replace Dinesh Karthik as skipper.
“Kolkata Knight Riders is such a team that has a very attractive and aggressive batting order. But the addition of Eoin Morgan to the middle-order has added more stability and experience to it. Thus, he can prove to be very dangerous,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.
“Even this can happen that if in the first four-five games if KKR do not start well, then Eoin Morgan can replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the side because we always have had that complex,” he added.
Pat Cummins will face the pressure of his price tag: Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar has said that KKR hold the biggest T20 player in West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell but they also have the costliest player in Pat Cummins. Australian speedster Cummins was brought for a whopping price of Rs 15.5 crore. Sunil Gavaskar believes there will be added pressure on the Aussie for his huge price tag.
“KKR have the biggest T20 player in Andre Russell, but they also have the costliest player in Pat Cummins. In the recently concluded limited-overs series between Australia and England, his performance was not impressive. So there will be some kind of pressure on him,” Gavaskar added.
“Whenever you are a costly player, the weight of the price tag is always there. Will he play all the matches? that is also something that we will need to look at,” Gavaskar concluded.
The IPL 2020 began from September 19 and will end on November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE, Dubai will play host to 24 games, 20 matches will be hosted by Abu Dhabi while Sharjah will hold 12 games.