Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was appointed as skipper for Kolkata Knight Riders, with Robin Uthappa as vice-captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
The announcement came on Sunday (March 4) that the Tamil Nadu player is replacing veteran Gautam Gambhir, who led the Kolkata franchise to two titles – in 2012 and 2014. The 32-year-old was bought by the franchise for a steep Rs 7.4 crore.
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Karthik said: “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. I will do my best to represent brand KKR and the millions of KKR fans.”
Announcing this appointment, CEO Venky 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.” The owner also announced the appointment of Uthappa as Karthik’s deputy. 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 and Robin in leadership roles for KKR.”
KKR begin their IPL 2018 campaign on April 8 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens.