Sharjah: A section of Kolkata Knight Riders fans are demanding the management to consider a change in captaincy as Dinesh Karthik’s men finished second-best in a run-fest against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah in Match 15 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. KKR fell short off a 229-run target by 18 runs despite a stunning late surge from Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi.
KKR, under Dinesh Karthik’s leadership, haven’t seemingly learned from the mistakes that led to their downfall last season. Despite possessing a battalion of big-hitters, KKR missed the play-offs berth in IPL 2019. Things were expected to change as KKR beefed up their batting unit by bringing in World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan along with Pat Cummins to add firepower to their bowling department.
Despite having won 2 in 4 matches, familiar troubles have returned to haunt the KKR in IPL 2020. In both the matches that they have lost so far in the season, KKR seemingly got their batting order wrong.
On Saturday, in a steep chase of 229 in Sharjah, Dinesh Karthik promoted himself ahead of Eoin Morgan, who eventually came into bat No.6. With Karthik struggling to get going in the new season with 3 successive single-digit scores, Morgan was left with too much in the end.
However, the World Cup-winning England captain went on a six-hitting spree along with Rahul Tripathi as the duo added 78 in 30 balls to take KKR closer to the total. It was also surprising to see Tripathi, who was included in the XI as a specialist batsman, walk into bat after Pat Cummins at No. 8.