Dinesh Karthik gave up his captaincy playing for Kolkata Knight Riders after the first seven matches. As per reports across media, he did that to focus on his batting. In the next seven games, KKR won just three as they ended on 14 points and on the fifth spot in IPL 2020. This was the second consecutive year they finished fifth on the points table and failed to qualify in the playoffs. Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra has now questioned if Karthik was forced to relinquish captaincy or was it his own decision.
In a video that he recently uploaded on his Facebook page, Aakash Chopra asked if Karthik needed to step down as KKR captain after winning four out of the first seven games.
Aakash Chopra Opines on KKR Captaincy
“Firstly, I am disappointed because when you win four of your first seven matches and if you replicate that performance, then you are through, eight victories were more than enough for you to qualify. Delhi actually came second with 16 points. So if things go bad from there, you change the captaincy halfway, it has been said that Dinesh Karthik gave up the KKR captaincy but would he have done that” said Chopra.
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He further said that KKR did not perform well after Eoin Morgan was chosen as the next captain. Also, him being a foreign player his constant availability for the team is a question as well.
“Did the team’s performances improve after the captaincy was handed over to Eoin Morgan? Is Eoin Morgan the right captain will also be a big question because he is an overseas player and is he right in terms of his tactics and is he a 100% certainty in the team although his performance was good at the end” Chopra further said.
While all the talk was about Karthik focusing on his batting after giving up captaincy, he scored just 169 runs from 14 games at 14.08. Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan ended IPL 2020 as the second-highest run-scorer for KKR. He scored 418 runs from 14 games averaging bove 40 and striking at 138.41.