IPL 2020: Shubman Gill Should Lead Kolkata Knight Riders, Says Kevin Pietersen
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IPL 2020: Shubman Gill Should Lead Kolkata Knight Riders, Says Kevin Pietersen

Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik
Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (Credits: IPLT20)

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said Shubman Gill should be leading Kolkata Knight Riders instead of Dinesh Karthik. His comments came after the highly-rated youngster scored an impressive fifty against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eighth match of IPL 2020.

After failing to get going in the first match of the tournament, Shubman Gill didn’t take long to bounce back. While he lost partners at regular intervals on the other end including captain Karthik who registered a three-ball duck, he remained firm on his end.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Credit: IPL

The two-time champions lost three wickets for just 55 runs while chasing 144 but thanks to Shubman Gill, they remained on course for the win. He reached his fifty off 42 deliveries and took the score past the 100-run mark in the company of Eoin Morgan.

At the time of compiling this report, KKR were 107 for 3 in the 15th over with Shubman Gill batting on 57. Morgan, on the other hand, looked more than happy to play the role of the second fiddle and was unbeaten on 18 off 21 balls.

And as Shubman Gill was impressing against the Sunrisers, Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to suggest that he should be the man to lead the Knight Riders, tweeting:

“He should be the captain of KKR – @RealShubmanGill”

Shubman Gill has become an integral part of the KKR side. He was roped in by the franchise in 2018 after starring in India’s triumphant campaign in the ICC U19 World Cup. In his maiden season, he played 13 games and scored 203 runs with the help of 1 fifty and helped the franchise make it to the playoffs. Last year, he scored 296 runs in 14 outings with the help of three fifties.

As far as Karthik is concerned, he is also with the team since 2018. In his maiden season, he led the team to the playoffs but faced criticism last year for his captaincy as the franchise failed to progress past the league stage.

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