Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has recently said that the relationship between Kolkata Knight Riders’ key player Andre Russell and the captain Dinesh Karthik could hurt the franchise in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). His comments came after rumours of a rift between the two players which took place last year after the all-rounder questioned some of the decisions of his captain at a press conference.
However, Karthik has revealed in earlier interviews this year that they both had a discussion over the matter and they have also sorted all things out between them. But many think there is still some concern over this.
Meanwhile, former Australia batsman David Hussey, who has joined the franchise as a mentor this year, has shared his views on the same in a recent interview where he has denied all the probable rumours.
“There is no rift or anything there,” Hussey said in an interview to Indian Express. “Actually, I think there is a bit of bromance there and they are pretty close which is fantastic for the group,” he shared.
“Karthik is a straightforward person who backs his teammates to get the job done. It’s a good sign of leadership. He is high maintenance at times because he loves the game of cricket. There is no malice… he only cares about winning the game,” the former player further added.
On the other hand, the franchise has bought England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan for the cash-rich T20 league and Hussey believes that Morgan and Dinesh Karthik will provide KKR with a good leadership this year as well.
“Morgan is a classy-middle order player. Along with DK, I am sure it will be a fantastic partnership on the field. DK from behind the stumps and Morgan can be sort of the vice-captain and help the bowlers out in certain situations. He will fit in perfectly,” Hussey expressed.
Meanwhile, the two-time IPL winner KKR are gearing up to register another win in the league when the 2020 edition of the IPL will begin from September 19th in the UAE across three venues. Notably, the 53-day tournament will conclude on November 10. Check out waging options for IPL and other tournaments here.