Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will play their first match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 against Mumbai Indians, who played the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. Karthik stated that it was good for KKR to face a strong line up of MI early in the tournament.
On September 23, KKR and MI will play the fifth match of the tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
While addressing media ahead of the match, the KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik said that Mumbai Indians had world-class players and a strong team as there four IPL title wins prove that. As per him, KKR would get benefited Rohit Sharma and Co. early in the 13th edition of the league. He hopes that the upcoming match would be great
They (Mumbai Indians) have a team of world-class players, they are a strong lineup and the amount of IPL titles they have shows that. It’s good that we are playing Mumbai early in the tournament, every year is a different year, I am sure it will be a great game tomorrow,” said Dinesh Karthik during a virtual press conference.
Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine make a good opening combination: Dinesh Karthik
The wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik also confirmed that Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine would form a good opening combination for KKR. He backed the youngster, saying that he will exceed all expectations.
“Shubham is a gun, he is a quality player, I am sure he will exceed all expectations, its good to have him, Gill and Narine make a good opening combination,” he said.
Talking about the bowling department, Karthik said that the bowlers are in good shape but they would have to choose wisely to whom include in the playing XI.
“We have had conversations about the speed that the spinners need to bowl here. We have spoken about it, every franchise must be talking about the speed and length spinners need to bowl in the UAE.
“All Indian pacers are shaping well, it will be hard to decide as to who will start the tournament. They have come around nicely, we are in a good shape. It’s important we as KKR choose the right eleven,” Karthik concluded.
KKR has got Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins in their squad for this season. Their inclusion has made the franchise combination a lot stronger.