The Kolkata Knight Riders have appointed Eoin Morgan as their captain, with Dinesh Karthik stepping down from his role. Karthik revealed that he wants to focus more on his batting, rather than captaincy.
The franchise made the announcement ahead of their match against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Friday. KKR is currently fourth in the points table with four wins and four defeats, so far.
Karthik, so far, has struggled with fluency after shuffling around in the middle order. He's scored just 108 runs in seven innings, with a high score of 58. His form, coupled with KKR's batting woes, has been a concern for the fans and the franchise.
Here are 3 reasons why KKR did the right thing to handover captaincy to Eoin Morgan:
1. Impressive record with the bat
Morgan was bought the Knight Riders at the IPL 2020 auction for INR 5.25 cr. He has been quite solid with the bat and is only second to opener Shubman Gill, in terms of runs scored for the franchise, this season. The 34-year-old 175 runs at a strike rate of nearly 130. He has scored nearly 9,000 runs in the shortest format, with a decent average of just over 30.
2. Excellent record as a captain in T20s
Morgan has a vast experience of captaincy in limited-overs formats. The Irish-born cricketer has increased his reputation as one of the modern-day greats, especially after leading England to their maiden 50-over World Cup title in 2019. But he's also got plenty of experience as a talisman in T20s. He's led the lines in T20s, 88 times, out of which he's been victorious on 39 occasions.
3. Change is dynamics
Morgan was brought in specifically for the dual purpose of providing experience in the middle order and assisting KKR's leadership group comprising head coach Brendon McCullum and his predecessor, Dinesh Karthik. Morgan, over the past two years, has been one of the deadliest finishers in T20 cricket. Also, he is now an established leader, talked about as one of the best-limited overs captains in white-ball cricket.
Moreover, his reputation will only improve the form and confidence of players around him, including Dinesh Karthik, who hasn't been able to keep the balance between captaincy and batting. Morgan, on the other hand, has been brilliant with both the roles and this might only help Karthik and the franchise.
Sportsmen, nowadays, are pretty open with the idea of exchanging some banters and a few digs with each other. However, things take an ugly turn when statements or comments cross a certain line.
Similarly, in a surprising turn of events, things have gone a bit ugly between England star Ben Stokes and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels. Speaking on his recent voyage to New Zealand, Stokes was sharing his experience on quarantine life and boring schedule, but things turned for the worse from here.
Stokes said that the monotonous life of quarantine was weird, and he wouldn’t wish it for his ‘worst enemy’. Not even for Samuels with whom he had a couple of spats in the past. Stokes was referring to it in a funny manner but Samuels took it personally.
The Windies all-rounder dragged it to the matter of racism and came up with many disparaging remarks. His comments, however, have not gone well with anyone in the entire cricket fraternity.
“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out, and get told what hotel to go to. ‘There’s no choice. It’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government has chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels,” said Stokes on the 'Test Match Special' podcast.
“I posted a few Instagram stories, and some of the England boys were texting me asking what it’s like, and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. ‘I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: “You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?” I said, “no, it’s that bad” – that’s how challenging it was,” added Stokes.
Reacting to Stokes'comments, Samuels got livid and called him a ‘b***h’ followed by other derogatory remark. In the same light, Michael Vaughan called his comment as appalling and wrote on his Twitter: “This is appalling @marlonsamuels … we are trying to stamp out racism … !! A bit of banter by@benstokes38 should not lead to this…’’
Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a third defeat on the trot after they lost out to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday in Dubai.
As expected, SRH made a number of alterations to the side which narrowly lost out to KXIP in their last outings. Williamson returned to the team in place of Jonny Bairstow, while Wriddhiman Saha also got a rare start.
Talking about Saha, he was selected in the Test team for upcoming India's tour of Australia. As Bairstow was left out from the squad, Saha opened the innings along with skipper David Warner.
Saha repaid the trust shown by the SRH management as he smacked 87 of just 45 deliveries. Warner also looked in good touch as he chipped in with 34-ball 66. The pair, Saha and Warner, added 107 runs for the first wickets, including 75 runs in the powerplay.
Manish Pandey then got on the act as his 31-ball 44 took SRH to a mammoth total of 219/2. In reply, DC got bundled out for 131, as Rishabh Pant top-scoring with 36.
Here are some of the Tweets from the game:
Delhi Capitals’ swift downfall in IPL 2020 continued as Sunrisers Hyderabad handed them a massive 88-run drubbing in game 47 at Dubai. Being sent in to bat after losing the toss, SRH posted a mammoth 219 for 2 on the board. In response, 131 was all Delhi could manage in 19 overs. Cricket Today analyses the performances of players from both sides.
Wriddhiman Saha (9.5/10)
Replacing Jonny Bairstow, opened the innings and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Attacking the Delhi bowlers from the word go, blazed his way to a brutal 87 from 45 balls. Took on everyone from Kagiso Rabada to Ravichandran Ashwin and came out on top. Blasted 12 fours and two sixes in his innings, and looked set for a hundred when he dismissed, mistiming one straight up in the air.
Rashid Khan (9.5/10)
With DC capitulating under the pressure of a huge total, was nearly unplayable. Cleaned up Shimron Hetmyer with a leg break first ball and then trapped Ajinkya Rahane with a googly. Sent back Axar Patel in his last over to end with sensational figures of 3 for 7.
David Warner (8.5/10)
Celebrated his 34th birthday with a brilliant 66 from only 34 balls. It was a typical Warner knock as the SRH captain took on the bowlers and smashed them for eight fours and two sixes. It was exactly the kind of knock Hyderabad had been expecting from Warner all along. Was gifted a couple of easy catches in the field.
Sandeep Sharma (8/10)
Claimed the massive wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with a full ball that the left-hander failed to get under. Had Rishabh Pant caught behind to finish with 2 for 27.
T Natarajan (7.5/10)
Was economical with 2 for 26. Helped himself to a couple of wickets at the death.
Manish Pandey (7/10)
With the platform set, helped himself to a quick 44 not out from 31 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
Kane Williamson (5/10)
Coming in at the death, made an unbeaten 11 from 10 balls. Managed only one four.
Shahbaz Nadeem (5/10)
Got the crucial wicket of big-hitting Marcus Stoinis with a good length ball that the all-rounder slapped straight to mid-off.
Vijay Shankar (5/10)
Dismissed DC skipper Shreyas Iyer with a slower short ball before limping off the field.
Jason Holder (3/10)
Went for 46 in his four even as DC crumbled. Picked up Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end of the innings.
Abdul Samad (No Rating)
Did not bat
Rishabh Pant (5/10)
Took 35 balls for his 36. Did not look eloquent at all during his stay at the crease.
Ajinkya Rahane (4.5/10)
Looked fluent during his stay at the crease for the first time. Eased his way to 26 with the help of three fours and a six. Failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan and was trapped right in front of the stumps.
Ravichandran Ashwin (4/10)
Broke the century opening stand with a well-flighted delivery to David Warner. Was expensive, going for 35 in his three.
Tushar Deshpande (4/10)
Struggled again. Went for 35 in his three. Slammed an unbeaten 20 from 9 with the bat.
Axar Patel (3/10)
Bowled his four overs for 36 without taking a scalp. Was dismissed cheaply by Rashid Khan.
Shimron Hetmyer (3/10)
Made 16 before being cleaned up by Rashid Khan. Exposed his stumps against the leggie’s first ball, and missed the delivery completely to be bowled.
Shreyas Iyer (2/10)
Failed to play a captain’s knock. Dabbed a slower short ball straight to extra cover having scored only seven.
Marcus Stoinis (2/10)
Promoted to number three in the hope of some quick runs, failed to deliver. Placed a good length delivery from Shahbaz Nadeem straight to mid-off having made 5.
Anrich Nortje (2/10)
Had a forgettable day. Was taken for 37 in his four. Claimed Wriddhiman Saha’s wicket for 87 as the SRH opened looked to take him on.
Kagiso Rabada (1/10)
Had his worst day of IPL 2020 so far, being hammered for 54 in his four. Failed to get his line and length right as the SRH batters attacked him from the word go.
Shikhar Dhawan (0/10)
With the pressure of a huge chase, perished for a first-ball duck trying to take on Sandeep Sharma, but only managed to hit a full ball straight up in the air, to be caught at mid-off.
Three-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders have experienced mixed results in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League in the UAE.
During the weekend, KKR had triumphed over Delhi Capitals with a dominant performance, racking up a 59-run win over Shreyas Iyer’s side. However, last night, the Eoin Morgan-led side slumped to an 8-wicket defeat to KXIP.
This defeat meant KKR will have to win their remaining games to have any of making it to the playoffs. DC currently occupy the fifth spot in the IPl 2020 tables with 12 points.
KKR’s upside-down season has developed a curiousness amongst the KKR fans, who are biting their nails and wondering if the team would eventually qualify for the playoffs or not.
“Kya lagta hai kolkata jitegi sir.. Iss baar!? KKR wali cricket nahi fans ke jazbaat ke saath khel rahi hai... (What do you think sir, will KKR win this time? KKR are not playing cricket but playing with fans emotions),” a fan asked KKR co-owner and Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan.
In his reply, the SRK wrote: “Arre meri socho....mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! (Think about me... what all is going through my heart!!!).”
Arre meri socho....mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! https://t.co/dzZYgWMXHO— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 27, 2020
Meanwhile, after KKR's heavy defeat to KXIP, skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the franchises’ promotion through to the playoffs is in their own hands.
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet each other in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. KKR will hope to bounce back after being thrashed by an in-form Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, CSK are already knocked out of the tournament and will want to avoid the last place in the standings.
CSK will go with the same combination which worked so well against RCB. They bowled well and the batsmen took charge to get the job done. One expects MS Dhoni's troops to give everything they have and prevent KKR from going strong.
KKR will need a response from their top order. In the previous two games, they were reduced to 42/3 and 10/3 respectively. Dinesh Karthik's number four position needs to be analyzed. He has been a major failure while coming into bat inside the 10 overs. The bowling needs to improve as well. It's a must-win scenario for the Knights.
KKR vs CSK: Dream11 team prediction
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Eoin Morgan (vc), Shubman Gill.
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni.
All-rounders: Sam Curran (c), Sunil Narine.
Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson.
Rationale behind the Dream11 team
It's a decent batting unit. Faf gets our backing alongside KKR's in-form star Shubman. Gaikwad, who finally broke the shackles against RCB, gets the nod. Morgan and Dhoni add experience in the middle order.
Narine and Curran are the two utility all-rounders. In the bowling department, KKR trio Cummins, Ferguson and Chakravarthy fill in. CSK's Deepak adds more depth.
Probable starting XI
CSK - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
KKR - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.
With no pressure on offer, CSK might spoil KKR's plans.
CSK have won 13 matches, whereas KKR have collected eight wins. One match had no result.
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