Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik

Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that Eoin Morgan will play a crucial role in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said that the English skipper provides the much-needed strength and stability to their side.

According to him, Morgan may also replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the Kolkata-based franchise, if the team does not get off to a good start in their IPL 2020. He mentioned that the Englishman has tremendous experience in this department.

While talking to Sports Tak, Gavaskar said, “Kolkata Knight Riders is such a team that has an attractive and aggressive batting order. But the addition of Eoin Morgan to the middle-order has added more stability and experience to it. Thus, he can prove to be very dangerous.”

“Even this can happen if in the first four-five games if KKR do not start well, then Eoin Morgan can replace Dinesh Karthik as the captain of the side because we always have had that complex.”

‘Pat Cummins will have to justify his price tag’

The former Indian captain also commented on the price tag of Pat Cummins. The Australian fast bowler became the most expensive overseas player in the history of the IPL after the Knight Riders bought him for a whopping INR 15.5 crore.

Gavaskar mentioned that Cummins had an average limited-overs series against England. And it may lead to some pressure on him to perform due to his price tag.

“KKR has the biggest T20 player in Andre Russell, but they also have the costliest player in Pat Cummins. In the recently concluded limited-overs series between Australia and England, his performance was not impressive. So there will be some pressure on him.”

“Whenever you are a costly player, the weight of the price tag is always there. Will he play all the matches, that is also something that we will need to look at!” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.