Gautam Gambhir Slams KKR’s Decision of Changing Captain Half-way
|| Indian Correspondent ||
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) changed their captain mid-way in the 2020 season of Indian Premier League (IPL) from Dinesh Karthik to Eoin Morgan. However, former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir on Friday slammed their decision to change the captain in the half-way stage.
However, Karthik has led the team in 7 games in IPL 2020 where they won 4 games and lost 3 before Eoin Morgan took over the responsibility. As per the news, Karthik has handed over the responsibility to focus on his batting but Gambhir did not like the idea.
“Cricket is not about relationships, it’s about performances and honestly, I don’t think Morgan can change a lot of things. He could’ve changed a lot of things had he captained from the start of the tournament. No one changes during the middle of the tournament. It’s nice to have a good relationship between the coach and the captain,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
On the other hand, England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan has suffered a defeat in his first game as KKR captain after they failed to defend 148 against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Meanwhile, Gambhir felt that KKR shouldn’t take this decision as Karthik was doing a good job as captain.
“Li’ll surprised. He’s obviously leading KKR for the last 2 and a half years. You don’t do it in the middle of the season. KKR is not in that bad a position that someone needs to change a captain, so yeah little bit surprised,” he shared.
"If KKR wanted to make this change, they should have done it at the start of the competition. If you are talking so much about a World Cup-winning captain being there in your team puts pressure on someone like Dinesh Karthik then why not just give it to Morgan straightaway, why put so much pressure on Karthik?,” he added.
"My point is, it sounds very good when someone says that I want to concentrate on my batting but the truth is, you start getting fillers from the management whether they are happy or not, so it’s very unfortunate,” Gambhir concluded.
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