Kolkata Knight Riders have announced wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik as their new captain for the upcoming 11th edition of Indian Premier League which starts on 7th April 2018.
The announcement was made at the Star Sports studios in the KKR-Star Sports show called Knight Club, which aired on Star Sports in the presence of KKR’s MD & CEO, Mr. Venky Mysore, and Dinesh Karthik himself.
KKR also revealed Robin Uthappa, considered one of the frontrunners for the captaincy, as the vice-captain.
“It is an honour to represent Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the most successful franchises in the VIVO IPL and I look forward to this new challenge. I am excited about the squad that has been assembled, which has a great combination of experience and youth. I will do my best to represent brand KKR and the millions of KKR fans,” Karthik said.
The Chennai-born 32 year old has played 152 games since IPL’s inception and brings with him a wealth of experience having played for five different IPL franchisees so far including Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions.
Karthik has scored 2903 runs with 14 half-centuries across the last 10 seasons. He also has 88 catches and 26 stumpings to his name. He was acquired by the Kolkata franchisee for 7.4 cores in the IPL auction held on 27th-28th January.
Announcing this appointment, Mr. Mysore said, “It is indeed a start of a new phase for KKR, and we are delighted that someone as experienced as Dinesh Karthik will lead the side.” Mr. Mysore also announced the appointment of Robin Uthappa as Vice Captain. He said “Robin has been an integral part of KKR since 2014 and played a crucial role in KKR winning the championship. We are fortunate to have both Dinesh & Robin in leadership roles for KKR.”
KKR’s campaign “KKR Ka Captain Kaun” in collaboration with star sports, a lead-up to the announcement, has received a widespread response from social media. The franchisee will begin their VIVO IPL 2018 journey at Eden Gardens on Sunday, April 08, 2018.