Former Kolkata Knights Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was “surprised” with the sudden change of captain by the franchise. KKR, ahead of its match against Mumbai Indians, dropped Dinesh Karthik and made Eoin Morgan as the new captain. Gambhir reacted strongly to it and said that changing of captain will not help the team.
“Cricket is not about relationships, it’s about performances and honestly, I don’t think Morgan can change a lot of things. He could’ve changed a lot of things had he captained from the start of the tournament. No one changes during the middle of the tournament. It’s nice to have a good relationship between the coach and the captain,” said Gambhir on Star Sports when he was asked about whether the relationship between Morgan and head coach Brendon McCullum can get KKR to new highs.
The comments came before KKR lost by an embarrassing 8-wicket to Mumbai Indians.
Gambhir said the team were not in a position that a change in captaincy was needed. “Li’ll surprised. He’s obviously leading KKR for the last 2 and a half years. You don’t do it in the middle of the season. KKR is not in that bad a position that someone needs to change a captain, so yeah little bit surprised,” he said.
The former Indian crickets, captain KKR for seven seasons and led them to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. Gambhir believes that Morgan would have made impact with his captaincy had he been in the role from the starting of the season.
“If KKR wanted to make this change, they should have done it at the start of the competition. If you are talking so much about a World Cup-winning captain being there in your team puts pressure on someone like Dinesh Karthik then why not just give it to Morgan straightaway, why put so much pressure on Karthik? My point is, it sounds very good when someone says that I want to concentrate on my batting but the truth is, you start getting fillers from the management whether they are happy or not, so it’s very unfortunate,” Gambhir said.