Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik is among the few cricketers who have played for as many as seven franchises in the cash rich league.

Considering him representing Delhi Capitals twice (2008-10 and 2014), Karthik has had to change teams eight times in 13 years. Karthik, who was named as the captain by Knight Riders in 2018, considers his current team as the Best IPL franchise.

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“KKR is, without doubt, the best franchise I have played for and I feel honoured to lead this team. In my first year at KKR, we did very well, we almost made it to the final but lost in semis.

“It was a great season, we had a lot of young guys and we did our best to push forward the result. I need to do something special and help them cross the line,” Karthik was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Dinesh Karthik gives reason behind wanting to play IPL 2020 

Had it not been for the novel COVID-19 playing spoilsport, Karthik would have been leading Kolkata in IPL 2020. Being asked about the future of the tournament, Karthik expressed his interest in playing IPL 2020 to learn from two limited-over greats of the game.

“One of the reasons why I want this IPL to happen is to be able to work with Brendon [McCullum] and Eoin Morgan. These are the two people I genuinely want to rub shoulders with. I can learn so much from these two people. A coach can do more in IPL. He can get into the tactical part of the game and help the leaders to formulate the plan,” Karthik said.

McCullum, who had represented Knight Riders twice (2008-10 and 2012-13), was roped in as head coach ahead of IPL 2020 auction. Morgan, who had played for KKR in 2011 and 2013, was included for his second stint as a batsman in IPL 2020 auction.