Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Ian Morgan said he would be easily led by Dinesh Karthik. Ahead of the match against Mumbai Indians, KKR announced that Dinesh Karthik had decided to hand over the captaincy to Morgan to focus on batting. Mumbai Indians chased down a total of 19 down eight wickets against KKR on Friday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Led by Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock top-scored with 78 runs.
“I think the leader and I, as captain and vice-captain, have led me as a leader. I think there will be an easy transition from here. DK needed a lot of patience.” “Morgan told a news conference after the match.
“I became the captain, I have a great opportunity to lead the team, but as I said in our group, we need a lot of leaders throughout this tournament,” he said.
Batting first, KKR scored a total of 188 runs in the allotted 20 overs as Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan scored 53 and of off respectively.
At one stage, KKR scored 611 / at, but from there, Cummins and Morgan shared an unbeaten 87-run stand. Mumbai Indians’ Rahul Chahar returned the best bowling figures (2-1-18).
“We made some mistakes with the batting, I thought the Mumbai Indians were bowling really well and they proved why they are a form team in this year’s tournament. From now on we have an area of improvement where we need it. Go ahead. We are halfway through this tournament. We are and there is no better time than this to turn things around, ”Morgan said.
“We look at Pat Cummins as an all-rounder. I think what he’s really focused on this year is his golf. He’s made a big difference in his batting and striking. He’s hitting the golf ball really well,” he added.
KKR will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 1 next year and Mumbai Indians will take on Kings XI Punjab on the same day. The Ian Morgan-led team is currently fourth in the points table with eight points from eight games.