Newly KKR Skipper Dinesh Karthik reveals about Virat Kohli

Dinesh Karthik will captain Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League

KKR will play their first IPL 2018 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens on April 8. It will be his first season with them, having been bought at the auction in February for INR 7.4 crores (approx Dollars 1.1 million).

KKR which picked up the 32-year-old cricketer for Rs 7.4 crore in this year's auction, was one of the front-runners to lead the side after the franchise decided not to retain/buy back their long-servingcaptain Gautam Gambhir. Though he has never captained an IPL side before, he has served as stand-in captain for some of these teams besides regularly leading Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket. Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR, explained why they did not go for Gambhir at the IPL 2018 auctions.

The hunt for Kolkata Knight Riders' new captain culminated with the LIVE telecast of KKR ka Captain Kaun across the Star Sports network - the new home of VIVO IPL 2018. "I think he's got a 72% win-rate which is outstanding as a T20 skipper".

"KKR has done well consistently in the last ten years", said Karthik, who turned out for Gujarat Lions last season, after the announcement.

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"The team that Gambhir led in the last seven years, I think he's done a fabulous job. I'm really looking forward to meeting them, interacting with them and getting the best out of them", Karthik said. "I would definitely like to be a part of that journey".

On having U-19 World Cup winning pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, Karthik said his advice to the youngsters would be to focus on variation in a league like the IPL and not only pace. New skipper of them stated that it is a very young side with full of talent. He has been at the helm of eight T20 matches, whereas Karthik's corresponding figure is 18. "I am excited about the squad that has been assembled, which has a great combination of experience and youth", he said. "I've been able to add value to the team in the past in different scenarios in different forms. Most teams would be jealous that we have three wrist spinners".

"I am going to be available to DK anytime he needs me, always ready to share my inputs".

While the franchise officials remain tight-lipped on the matter, Sportstar has reliably learned that with the Knights' principal owner set to begin shooting for his new film in the U.S, Shah Rukh is likely to miss out on most of the IPL fixtures.

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