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‘We’ve that complex’ – Gavaskar thinks KKR could change captain if ‘they do not start well’

KKR Captaincy
by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Sunil Gavaskar believes Kolkata Knight Riders could replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the side with Eoin Morgan if they suffer a shaky start to the IPL 2020.

Gavaskar, while highlighting that Morgan’s addition to the side brings more stability, experience and firepower to their middle-order which was overly dependent on Andre Russell, said that the team management could take the decision of handing Morgan the captaincy if their start doesn’t go to plan.

“Kolkata Knight Riders is such a team that has a very attractive and aggressive batting order,” he told Sports Tak. “But the addition of Eoin Morgan to the middle-order has added more stability and experience to it. Thus, he can prove to be very dangerous. Even this can happen that if in the first four-five games KKR do not start well, then Eoin Morgan can replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the side.

“We saw a similar situation last year as well when Ajinkya Rahane was replaced as Rajasthan Royals captain by Steve Smith. We have that complex,” he added.

Pat Cummins, who became the costliest ever foreign buy in the 2020 IPL auctions, will have added pressure of the price tag according to Gavaskar. “KKR have the biggest T20 player in Andre Russell, but they also have the costliest player in Pat Cummins,” he said. “In the recently concluded limited-overs series between Australia and England, his performance was not impressive. So there will be some kind of pressure on him.

“Whenever you are a costly player, the weight of the price tag is always there. Will he play all the matches? that is also something that we will need to look at.”

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