Eoin Morgan, England World Cup-winning captain and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman, has come out in support of his under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik amidst calls for the southpaw to take over the leadership.
Dinesh Karthik has come under the scanner following his poor form with the bat (49 runs in 5 innings) and some questionable calls as far as on-field tactics and the makeup of the batting unit is concerned.
Karthik redeemed himself somewhat after a brilliant call to hold Sunil Narine’s overs back, a decision that proved to be the clincher against CSK.
Morgan knows the calls for him to take over the captaincy from Karthik are getting louder but the southpaw believes that the leadership group consisting of DK, coach Brendon McCullum have done extremely well thus far. He also added that it is just not Karthik but the entire leadership group which involves senior cricketers like him who have been involved in all the decisions thus far.
”I think it has worked really well so far. I think DK and Brendon McCullum lead extremely well within the team. Within aspect of the rest of the players, we have a number of senior leaders that take on roles that don’t have a title,” Eoin Morgan told PTI.
“And within the team, that plays a pivotal part because when other seniors players, apart from captain and coach and vice-captain, lead or take on directions or decisions, it gives absolute clarity for the rest of the team.” he added.
‘Middle-order is quite flexible at the moment’- Eoin Morgan
There have been a lot of discussions around the make-up of KKR’s middle-order. Morgan added that the middle-order is quite flexible at the moment and it has been dependent on the type of attack that the team is up against.
”I think the middle-order is quite flexible at the moment, depending on what team we play and type of attack we come up against,” Morgan added.
“Different batters are suited to different bowlers and DK and coach are very good at reading what’s the right way to move forward in that regard. We have a lot of options which are flexible,” he said.