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IPL: Dinesh Karthik hands over KKR captaincy to Eoin Morgan

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The Kolkata Knight Riders have announced that Dinesh Karthik has handed over the captaincy to Eoin Morgan.

Karthik has been under pressure due to the two-time Indian Premier League winners’ inconsistent run in the ongoing edition of the tournament in the UAE.

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“DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap,” KKR CEO and MD Venky Mysore said on Twitter.

Morgan, who famously led England to World Cup victory last year, will now begin his stint as the KKR captain today when they face defending champions Mumbai Indians.

According to a statement from the KKR, Karthik informed the team management that he wanted to handover the team’s captaincy to Morgan with a view to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team’s cause.

“We are fortunate to have leaders such as DK, who has always put the team first. It takes a lot of courage for someone like him to take a decision such as this. While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes,” Mysore said.

“We are also fortunate that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice-captain, is willing to lead the side going forward. DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap and we expect that this transition will work in a seamless manner.”