The BCCI in its SGM meeting on Saturday announced that the second half of IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE. The dates for the UAE leg is between September 17 to October 10 where the remaining 31 games including the playoffs and the final will be played. Meanwhile ahead of the start of the second half, two-time IPL winners KKR are in a spot of bother. With ECB announcing that they will not send its players for the second half of the season, they will miss their regular skipper Eoin Morgan. They will also miss Pat Cummins who was a potential replacement for Morgan for the leadership role.
Meanwhile, in this article, we will try to identify three players who can lead Kolkata Knight Riders in Eoin Morgan’s absence in the remaining IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 3 Players Who Can Lead KKR In Eoin Morgan’s Absence
In 2018, Dinesh Karthik was one of KKR’s crucial buys in the IPL auction. KKR bagged him Rs 7.60 crore and later named him captain of the side. That year, he was able to take the side to the playoffs. In 2019, he was not able to lead the side properly as they missed out on a playoff berth finishing the league phase on the fifth position. Karthik won four out of his first seven games in IPL 2020 as captain before he was replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan.
Karthik is the most experienced player in the KKR camp in Morgan’s absence and he leads the race for captaincy in Morgan’s absence. Karthik’s appointment as skipper will also allow KKR to field an extra overseas player in the form of Lockie Ferguson in place of Pat Cummins who will be unavailable in the UAE leg.