Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has said the team will be motivated to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. The wicketkeeper-batsman stated that it’s the least he and his teammates can do for the people of West Bengal who have ‘gone through a lot’.
His comments have come in the wake of the devastation caused by Super Cyclone Amphan in the state. Several parts of the state including Kolkata are slowly trying to recover from the huge damage inflicted by the disaster. Dinesh Karthik said the entire team is emotionally attached to Kolkata and pointed out that the fans are proud of the two-time champions.
“We are definitely emotionally very attached to Kolkata. They are really proud of us. The state has gone through a lot in the last couple of months. So I think winning the IPL, is the least we can do for the state,” Dinesh Karthik said during the launch of KKR’s Sahayata Van initiative.
The Knight Riders have not won the league since 2014. They have not even made it to the final since that year. In the last season, the Kolkata-based outfit failed to make it to playoffs, finishing fifth in the eight-team competition.
The Tamil Nadu further shed light on the postponement of IPL 2020, saying dew will be an issue whenever they play in Kolkata.
“We don’t know yet. Even if the IPL happens, is it going to be like the home and away basis or it’s going to be held in one centre. There are a lot of variables to this. But even when we play in the month of April-May, I can tell you that Kolkata has a strong amount of dew so teams like to chase,” said the captain.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29 and end on May 17. But in the light of the pandemic, the BCCI has suspended the league indefinitely. Recently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that the board is exploring all the options to conduct the tournament this year.
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