Former captain Gautam Gambhir, who won the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) twice in the Indian Premier League (IPL), believes that the current captain of the franchise team, Dinesh Karthik, should come out to bat after Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell. Gambhir also said that instead of starting the innings with Sunil Narayan, he should be brought down in the batting order. Karthik’s batting at number three against Mumbai Indians, barring a 30-run knock off 23 balls, has not been able to contribute much to the batting so far, while he came out to bat ahead of Morgan.
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He scored only five runs in the match against Delhi Capitals at number five, while Morgan (44 off 18 balls) and Rahul Tripathi (36 off 16 balls) came in to bat at number six and eighth respectively. Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo that Rahul Tripathi should come up the batting order. Dinesh Karthik should land at number six after Morgan and Russell. Sunil Narayan should bat at number eight or ninth. If Morgan comes in at number four and Russell at number five, then Dinesh Karthik can come to the crease after him. The former Indian opener feels that Karthik’s 19th over to spinner Varun Chakraborty was not the right decision. There were 20 runs in this over.
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He said that your best bowlers should do 18th, 19th and 20th overs, unfortunately that did not happen. Pat Cummins should be bowled in these overs. If you want to do it with the spinner, then Sunil is Narayan. Even Shivam Mavi can be tried who bowled well in the previous matches. Andre Russell can play this role. You should hand the ball to your best bowler. Gambhir said that yes Varun Chakraborty had done well in the first few overs but you cannot expect good results from a young spinner in the 19th over and that too in Sharjah. Probably it was a miscalculation.
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