Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be looking forward to carry their good tournament form ahead in the IPL 2018 but this time they will lack the strong leadership of Gautam Gambhir which enabled them win the title in the 2012 and 2014.
This time it will be a big Test for the newly appointed skipper Dinesh Karthik to lead KKR team in a professional and impressive way.
On the other hand strong Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli will be hoping to outshine the KKR team in the inaugural match of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
Gambhir, who led KKR to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, left the city-based franchise to join his home team Delhi Daredevils, prompting the KKR management to appoint seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik as skipper for the 11th edition.
Karthik, riding high after an unbeaten eight-ball 29 where he clobbered a last-ball six to singlehandedly guide India to a four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-series in Sri Lanka, will have his task cut out.
“I’m aware of the expectations. Whether there would be pressure, ‘yes’. As a captain, you’re expected to at least go to the playoffs, that’s the least anybody can expect,” Karthik had said in his first interaction with journalists as KKR captain.