According to former England cricketer and commentator Kevin Pietersen, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik should be replaced as Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain by a much younger teammate of his.
KKR registered their maiden win of the season on Saturday, 26 September, as opener Shubman Gill's unbeaten 70 guided the team to a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Abu Dhabi.
The 21-year-old Gill's unbeaten 92-run stand with England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan helped KKR survive a short scare as they chased down SRH's 142-run total in 18 overs.
During the game, Pietersen posted a tweet saying Gill should be leading the franchise. “He should be the captain of KKR – Shubman Gill,” the Englishman wrote in a tweet.
At the post-match presentation ceremony, KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said that he wants Gill to enjoy his cricket journey.
"It feels good to see the youngsters doing well. I want Gill to enjoy his journey in cricket," said Karthik.
Gill was player of the match for his batting performance. "I've practiced power-hitting a lot in the past couple of years. I think it was really important for our team to get this win. We bowled really well, it had to be backed by our batting performance," said Shubman.
"[Morgan] was batting so well. There weren't any long conversations. As an opener it is my job to see the team through," he added.
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