Days after his heroics won India the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, Dinesh Karthik revealed that it is his dream to play and lead the Chennai Super Kings. Karthik has played for six different IPL franchises in 10 years, and this year he will play for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Moreover, the Indian wicket-keeper batsman Karthik will also lead the Kolkata based franchise. He piped the likes of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa to be appointed as the skipper of the franchise. He will take over the reins of leading Kolkata from one of the most successful captains in the league Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir led KKR to two IPL trophies, and now Karthik has a huge responsibility of leading the Kolkata based franchise and continue their successful run in the IPL.
The preparations for the upcoming edition of the IPL have already begun the Indian wicket-keeper has expressed his desire to play for his hometown franchise.
However, he feels that his dream of playing for CSK is diminishing year by year.
He told The Hindu:
“Heart of hearts, I thought I’ll be playing for CSK from the very first year. It’s been 10 years and it has never happened. The dream is getting smaller by the day. I don’t know if I’ll ever play for CSK.”
Karthik who was born in Chennai says he will give his 100 percent to lead the Kolkata based franchise. He said:
“I have been born and brought up in the city and would have loved to play for the Chennai team. But today, I have got the opportunity to lead an IPL team which is a big honour and I’d like to do justice to that. I think Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Mumbai have very loyal fans.”
Karthik has had a long run in the IPL and has played for franchises like Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions.
KKR will play their first match in the upcoming IPL against RCB on April 8 at Eden Gardens.
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