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Dinesh Karthik appointed Kolkata Knight Riders captain for IPL 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday morning named Dinesh Karthik as their captain for the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League

cricket Updated: Mar 04, 2018 12:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Dinesh Karthik will captain Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League.(Getty Images)

Dinesh Karthik was on Sunday appointed as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. (HIGHLIGHTS)

The announcement was made at the Star Sports studios in the KKR-Star Sports show called Knight Club.

Present on the occasion were KKR’s MD and CEO, Venky Mysore, and Karthik himself.

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Karthik, who was picked up by the franchise for INR 7.4 Crore in this year’s mega auction, said he was looking forward to lead a side having a good combination of youth and experience.

“It is an honour to represent Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the most successful franchises in the IPL and I look forward to this new challenge. I am excited about the squad that has been assembled, which has a great combination of experience and youth,” said Karthik.

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Mysore said, “It is indeed a start of a new phase for KKR, and we are delighted that someone as experienced as Dinesh Karthik will lead the side.”

Regarding the team’s vice-captain Robin Uthappa, he said, “Robin has been an integral part of KKR since 2014 and played a crucial role in KKR winning the championship. We are fortunate to have both Dinesh & Robin in leadership roles for KKR.”

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Previously, Karthik had played for Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The two-time IPL champions were in search of a leader ever since they let go of their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir, who will be a part of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming season.

Knight Riders will kick start their campaign against Royal Challengers at home on April 8.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Mar 04, 2018 10:01 IST