The lack of a player with adequate experience as a captain is proving to be disadvantageous for Kolkata Knight Riders and resulting in delays for the franchise to pick a captain. The absence of Gautam Gambhir, who will be playing for Delhi Daredevils this season, is being hugely felt and Kolkata remains the last franchise that is yet to arrive at a decision for a captain.To solve the problem, the franchise has started a poll on their website called ‘KKR ka captain Kaun’, where each participant can vote for their pick for the captaincy.
Here are the three players that can be appointed the captain of KKR this season.
3) Chris Lynn
Australian cricketers have been a popular choice for the post of captaincy by a number of teams over the past decade and Chris Lynn as the new captain would not come as a surprise. The batsman was the captain of the Brisbane Heat in the 2015-16 edition of the Big Bash league, carrying a lot of experience in the shortest format playing in over 100 T20s.
Kolkata Knight Riders were successful in snatching Chris Lynn for an amount of Rs. 9.6 crore, after a neck-to-neck bid among the franchises in the auction.
The Australian player is a potential candidate for the position, the only concern being his ongoing injury that could pose an issue for the franchise.
2) Dinesh Karthik
Kolkata Knight Riders have invested Rs. 7.4 crore in the Indian player, who has made quite a name for himself in the recent times. His experience in over 200 T20 matches and over 200 List A matches and an impressive score of 2903 runs in 152 IPL matches makes him a worthy player and a potential candidate for the position of the captain for KKR. The batsman is eyeing a permanent spot in the side after being an irregular player in the Indian team due to lack of a vulnerable spot in the lineup.
3) Robin Uthappa
An integral part of the Kolkata team since the 2014 edition of the league, Uthappa has scored 1806 runs in 58 matches over the past 4 seasons. The franchise has spent Rs.6.4 crore and has also made use of their Right to Match card to keep the valuable player in the team. A player with little captaincy experience, he was the captain of the India A team on tour of Australia in 2013. Uthappa has been in news for being considered as the future captain of the team by Sourav Ganguly, who has chosen Uthappa over many other potential candidates for the role.