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IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik is the new Kolkata Knight Riders Captain

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There was a lot of speculation surrounding the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, and the team had quite a few senior players in their ranks to choose their leader from. Finally on Sunday, team CEO Venky Mysore announced Dinesh Karthik as the new skipper of KKR for IPL 2018.

Dinesh Karthik has been appointed the captain of the KKR for Indian Premier League , the franchise announced on Sunday.Karthik was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 7.8 crore in the mega IPL auction earlier part of this year. Karthik and Robin Uthappa were the favourites to lead KKR in the 11th season after the Kolkata franchise let go of their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir. While Karthik will captain the Kokata Knight Riders side, Uthappa will be his deputy(Vice Captain), team CEO Venky Mysore said.

“The principal we operated on was that we were looking for a long-term change. We were looking at someone who could continue to lead the side like Gautam,” said Venky Mysore.

“KKR has done well consistently in the last 10 years. The team has a great legacy. I am really happy and honoured to lead this side,” Karthik said after being unveiled as captain on Live TV.

“We have a good blend of youth and experience. We are looking forward to work under coach Jacques Kallis. All the foreign players are really good too. I will try to take the team forward from where Gautam Gambhir left,” he added.

 The Indian wicket-keeper batsman has past experience of leading a side. The 32-year-old has captained Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and led them to the Vijay Hazare Trophy title in 2009-10.

Kolkat Knight Riders, this season boasts of a strong bowling line-up that will be led by Australian pacer Mitchell Starc. Also in their ranks they have new Indian sensation Kamlesh Nagaroti, who impressed everyone in the U-19 World Cup.If at all, lack of depth in the batting department could be a challenge for the team.

Karthik also captained the India Red team that lifted the Duleep Trophy in 2017.

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