IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik is rated highly as a player, says KKR assistant coach Simon Katich

With long-standing skipper Gautam Gambhir departing to take up the captaincy reigns at his home franchise Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves in a bit of a mix as regard to naming their new captain ahead of the upcoming eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In a special video series being run by KKR’s Youtube channel (Kolkata Knight Riders – Official), Simon Katich, the franchise’s assistant coach, shared his insights on the captaincy conundrum surrounding the team and revealed veteran Indian wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik as a leading candidate to take up the reigns in IPL 11.

Katich said that Dinesh Karthik is a highly experienced T20 campaigner and will come on-board the KKR bandwagon as a proven IPL performer over the past decade, which makes him an ideal candidate to replace Gambhir as the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team’s captain. Katich also acknowledged the fact that it will not be easy job to find a successor for Gambhir, a two-time IPL winning captain with KKR.

“The thing about Dinesh is that he’s obviously coming from having played for different IPL franchises and that can be a good thing in a way. I think it shows a lot of people rate him highly as a player and also respect him because franchises wouldn’t get him involved in so many teams if they didn’t think he had those qualities,” Katich said in his video blog.

The former Australian opener further went on to add that Karthik’s past record in the IPL and his long captaincy vigil in the Indian domestic circuit for Tamil Nadu also strengthen his case as KKR’s next captain.

“I think he’s obviously got a very good record domestically, having captained Tamil Nadu for a number of years as well. So in that point of view he’s a highly experienced player who has played in the IPL for ten years. He’s got a very good record in the league and he knows lot of the Indian conditions and players very very well so that is something that will hold him in very good stead if he is to the captaincy job for KKR this year,” he concluded.