Dinesh Karthik expressed that Eoin Morgan was not too keen on having the KKR captain at the start.
Dinesh Karthik surprised more than a few people when he decided to quit the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team in the middle of the 2020 Indian Premier League. Overnight, the captain moved on to the Cup-winning captain. world Eoin Morgan, who luckily was part of the franchise for this season.
In a recent interaction, Karthik spoke about his experience leaving the role and what happened in his decision. He also praised the franchise for understanding what really happened and acting appropriately to ease the transition. Karthik also revealed that Morgan himself was a bit reluctant to take the job.
Tamil Nadu’s wicket-keeper has been tasked with directing KKR in the 2018 IPL season. That year, the franchise placed third. During the 2019 season, they missed out on a playoff berth due to a lower net run rate. And in the 2020 season, KKR looked good as a unit but didn’t have a dominant start in the league.
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“We were aware of it. I think a lot of credit should be given to KKR because they have handled it very well. They understood my situation. I was the problem, no one else. From the moment I’m not quite sure, then they’re like ‘well, there’s Morgan’. He (Morgan) was actually very reluctant, ”Karthik said during an episode of the“ 22 Sons with Gaurav Kapur ”podcast.
Karthik explained that Morgan wasn’t sure he wanted to take the job because he wanted to come to IPL and enjoy his game. “For him he’s the England captain, something so pressured. He wants to come and play IPL and enjoy it. And he enjoyed her completely to the point. He was vice-captain, so basically it’s about helping me, ”Karthik said.
When Karthik decided to step down as captain of the franchise, the team was doing pretty well. He said when they decided that KKR was ranked fourth on the points table with four wins in seven matches. Karthik explained how Morgan was reluctant to take on the role. England ODI and Captain T20I continued to lead the franchise in the season 2021, where their performance fell short.
“But when I said that, he said ‘no, no’. And we were this high on the table; we had played seven games and won four. We were No.4 or 3 on the table. Said “Are you crazy? Why would you want to do that? I don’t understand what you are trying to do. Then I explained things to him,” Karthik said. Eventually Morgan accepted the role of captain. Karthik said it was his personal issues that prompted him to quit the leadership role, and further said the franchise had no role to play in getting him to step down.