IPL 2018: 3 captaincy candidates for Kolkata Knight Riders
With Gambhir gone, KKR will have to nominate a new captain.
When the captaincy of the Kolkata Knight Riders was transferred from Sourav Ganguly to Gautam Gambhir in 2011, it marked the end of an era. KKR's punt with Gambhir, whom they had bought for a whopping $2.4 million, could not have gone better for them. Gambhir led the team to two championship titles, in 2012 and 2014.
Now, the departure of Gambhir to Delhi Daredevils marks the end of another era for KKR. Manish Pandey was one candidate who could have been considered for captaincy but the Knight Riders let him go to the Sunrisers. A quick glance at KKR's squad and you immediately notice that no one stands out. But they have to nominate a captain at the end of the day.
This article presents 3 players who can be considered for the skipper's role.
#3 Dinesh Karthik
KKR bought Dinesh Karthik for a hefty INR 7.4 crore. With Robin Uthappa already in the ranks, they now have two wicketkeepers to choose from. Karthik is one of the most consistent wicket-keeper batsmen in IPL history. The 2017 edition turned out well for him as he scored 361 runs at an average of 36.10 for Gujarat Lions.
But is he good enough to be considered for captaincy? The thing that goes in his favour is that he captains Tuti Patriots in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He captained them in the 2016 and 2017 seasons and hence has shown that he is not averse to leading a side.