Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has reacted to Dinesh Karthik stepping down as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders midway through IPL 2020. As per the developments, Dinesh Karthik handed over the reins to Eoin Morgan with immediate effect to concentrate on his batting. Nevertheless, Aakash Chopra believes that the management sacked the veteran keeper-batsman as their leader.
Hours before the clash against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders announced a change in captaincy in the form of Eoin Morgan. Unfortunately, it did not alter their fortunes as the two-time champions sustained their second consecutive loss and fourth of the season. A fighting half-century from Pat Cummins to lift his side to 148 from 61-5 was not enough as Mumbai Indians romped home by eight wickets.
Aakash Chopra stated that as per official communication, it said that Dinesh Karthik does not want to captain; however, he believes no leaders steps aside midway through any edition. Aakash added that he is yet to have an official word with the 35-year old concerning the same.
“KKR sacked their captain mid-season, although not sacked as per the official communication which always says that the player himself is saying that he does not want to captain. We can all take this at face value but no player leaves the team halfway, that is what I feel. I have not spoken to Karthik but the news that has come is that he has said that he doesn’t want to captain,” Aakash told in his Youtube Channel.
“The team’s performance under Dinesh Karthik has been good” : Aakash Chopra
The 42-year old backs the keeper-batsman as the skipper, pointing out that KKR’s performance under Karthik has been good. Aakash underlined that Dinesh Karthik’s form with the bat was also coming together, having scored a confident half-century against Kings XI Punjab. Hence, he wonders why the veteran vacated the captaincy spot.
“Although to be honest, the team’s performance had been good. They had won four out of their seven matches and they had to win only four of their remaining seven before this match to qualify. And then in the batting as well Karthik had played one good knock where he had scored a half-century against KXIP and that too at a very good pace. Then why did he leave the captaincy, I don’t know,” he added.