ENGLAND’S WHITE BALL captain Eoin Morgan will take over as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders following Dinesh Karthik’s decision to stand down in order to focus on his batting.
Mr Morgan rejoined the franchise for this season’s IPL having previously represented the side from 2011 until 2013.
He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Venky Mysore, the chief executive of the Knight Riders told the team’s website: “We are fortunate to have leaders such as DK, who has always put the team first.
“It takes a lot of courage for someone like him to take a decision such as this.
“While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes.
“We are also fortunate that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice captain, is willing to lead the side going forward.”
Mr Morgan replaced Sir Alastair Cook as England’s ODI captain in December 2014 and succeeded Stuart Broad as Twenty20 captain.
He represents Middlesex in English domestic competitions and was set to play for the London Spirit in The Hundred, which was postponed due to coronavirus.
Mr Morgan was also set to play in the Euro T20 slam as an icon player but the 2019 edition was postponed as was the 2020 edition due to the pandemic.
Mr Mysore added: “DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap and we expect that this transition will work in a seamless manner.”
Kevin Pietersen is the only other England international to have captained an IPL franchise.
At the time of writing, the Knight Riders are fourth in the standings, having won four of their seven games.
Mr Morgan has registered 175 runs in the tournament so far with 44 being his highest individual innings score.
He has played 59 IPL matches during his career, scoring a total of 1029 runs, with 66 being his highest score.
Whilst he has not yet hit a century, he has registered four half-centuries with 82 fours and 45 sixes.
With an average of 35.00, 2020 is at this moment his best run-scoring season in the IPL.