KKR captain Dinesh Karthik should not bat before Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell: Gautam Gambhir

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik should not bat before Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell: Gautam Gambhir

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik is under tremendous pressure after his team’s 18-run loss to Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 match on Saturday evening. Experts have questioned Dinesh Karthik’s on-field tactics and his lean patch with the bat has deteriorated the situation further for him.

Fans demanded the sacking of Karthik as the KKR captain and backed Eoin Morgan for the role after the team’s defeat in the match 16 of the cash-rich league’s 13th edition. From his 4 outings in IPL 2020 season, Karthik has just scored 37 runs. He is averaging as low as 9.25 with the bat and his strike-rate of 100 has also been under scrutiny.

Dinesh Karthik promoted Andre Russell ahead of him versus the Capitals but came in ahead of Eoin Morgan. Batting at number 5 position Karthik scored 6 off 8 and departed at a time when the asking rate was hovering around 14.

Eoin Morgan walked in at number 6 and played a scintillating 18-ball 44 knock to take KKR to very close to DC’s massive total of 228 runs. Rahul Tripathi, batting at 8th position gave good support to Morgan and finished with 36 off 16. KKR finished at 210/8 in their 20 overs quota and it was obvious that a handy contribution from Karthik could have seen KKR cross the line.

Gautam Gambhir, who had captained KKR to 2 IPL titles, has now suggested that Dinesh Karthik should not come ahead of Russell and Morgan in the batting-order. He had also backed Tripathi to bat up the order.

“Rahul Tripathi goes up the order, Dinesh Karthik plays at no 6, not before Morgan and not before Russell as well. Probably Sunil Narine goes to bat at 8 or 9. If Morgan bats no 4 and Russell at 5 and Dinesh Karthik to follow,” Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.

Gambhir also reckoned that Karthik’s decision to give the ball to spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/49) was a “miscalculated” one.

“Your best bowlers need to ball the 18th, 19th and 20th over, unfortunately it didn’t happen.

“Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine — if a spinner has to bowl.

“Even Mavi, he did a fabulous job in the previous games and so did Andre Russell.

“You have to got to give your best bowlers.

“Yes Varun Chakravarty did bowl well in the first few overs but you cannot expect a young spinner to be bowling the 19th over and that too in Sharjah, probably it was a miscalculation,” he said.

Gautam Gambhir also praised Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer for his 38-ball 88, which consisted of 7 fours and 6 maximums.

“We keep talking about how he plays spin but today he showed that he can dominate fast bowlers as well,” Gambhir said.

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