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Eoin Morgan handed KKR captaincy by Dinesh Karthik

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In what could be described as a welcome move from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Dinesh Karthik, who has been leading the side for the year couple and a half years in the IPL, has handed the reigns over to England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan.

KKR released a statement a few moments ago which read, “Dinesh Karthik has informed the KKR management that with a view to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team’s cause, he wishes to hand over the team’s captaincy to Eoin Morgan.

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Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR, said, “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 make a decision such as this. While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes.

“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.”

On behalf of everyone at Kolkata Knight Riders, we thank DK for all his contributions as the captain over the past two and a half years and wish Eoin the very best going forward.”

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