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Dinesh Karthik to lead Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018

Dinesh Karthik was played 152 IPL games
Dinesh Karthik was played 152 IPL games

Kolkata Knight Riders have confirmed Indian international Dinesh Karthik as the captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The decision follows after the franchise did not retain Gautam Gambhir in the recently held auction despite him leading them to two titles.

Meanwhile, Karthik was picked for INR 7.4 Crore by the Kolkata Knight Riders and has been chosen to lead the side despite the presence of Robin Uthappa, who has with the franchise since 2014.

Karthik has represented Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in the past and scored 2903 runs from 152 IPL games, scoring 14 half-centuries in it.

"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," said Karthik.

"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."

Kolkata Knight Riders open their 2018 campaign with a clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens on 8th April.

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