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Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich praises skipper Dinesh Karthik

Under Dinesh Karthik’s leadership Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have won their last three matches to storm into the IPL 2018 playoffs and are favourites in the match against Rajasthan Royals.

cricket Updated: May 23, 2018 15:26 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Simon Katich also praised Dinesh Karthik’s form with the bat for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018 -- the skipper has scored 438 runs at average of 54.75 so far in the Indian Premier League this season.(AP)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Simon Katich hailed captain Dinesh Karthik’s influence on the team as they steady themselves for the second Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) Qualifier against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Under Karthik’s leadership KKR have won their last three matches to storm into the playoffs and are favourites before the key clash, given their form.

Karthik assumed captaincy after much deliberation after long-standing KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir was let go by KKR at the auction earlier this year.

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Karthik’s 7.40 crore move to KKR marked his arrival to a sixth different franchise in 11 seasons in the IPL. Kaitch praised the wicket-keeper batsman’s ability to adapt.

“It is always difficult when you come to a new franchise and you have to learn on your feet in terms of how players go about it and probably our game style,” Cricbuzz quoted Katich as saying.

“The game style is probably a bit different to what he’s been used to, given the way we sort of match up with our batting and then I guess the structure of our team which is potentially three spinners all the time. I think he’s certainly learnt a lot I think in the last seven weeks about the group and the way we play.”

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Kaitch further praised Karthik’s performance with the bat this season that have seen 32-year-old score 438 runs at average of 54.75, stating that KKR have been lucky to have someone like Karthik lead them.

“I think from his point of view, his batting has been outstanding, he’s been at the top of his game and he’s been magnificent. His keeping has been obviously good behind the stumps as well,” he added.

From a captaincy point of view also he’s learnt a lot throughout the tournament and he’s starting to understand the group a lot better now than seven weeks ago when it was all a lot new to him. So, from that point of view we’ve been very lucky,” Katich said.

First Published: May 23, 2018 15:26 IST