IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders signal Johnson Charles as Litton Das substitute

Picture Supply : AP Johnson Charles joins KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) signed West Indies batter Johnson Charles as a substitute for Litton Das on Thursday, Might 4. Bangladeshi wicketkeeper batter has already left KKR’s camp as a consequence of a medical emergency in his household. Litton has been referred to as up by Bangladesh for the upcoming ODI sequence in opposition to Eire beginning on Might 9. Charles joins KKR for a base value of INR 50 lakh so as to add stability to their struggling high order.

Charles was a part of West Indies workforce that received the ICC T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016. Charles just lately returned to worldwide cricket in October 2022 after an intensive hole of six years. He bagged the Participant of the Sequence award throughout West Indies’ current T20I sequence win over South Africa away as he recorded his maiden T20I century within the second sport on March 26. 

The 34-year-old wicketkeeper batter additionally guided Comilla Victorians to Bangladesh Premier League 2023 glory in February this 12 months. He smashed 79* off 52 in opposition to Sylhet Strikers within the ultimate and scored total 308 runs from simply 9 innings. Charles has scored over 5500 runs at a strike charge of 130.72 in T20 cricket and provides a high quality expertise to KKR’s inconsistent high order.

Kolkata Knight Riders are at present positioned on the eighth place within the Indian Premier League 2023 factors desk with simply three wins from the opening 9 video games. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Narayan Jagadeesan have failed to supply constant begins whereas opening an innings whereas Litton scored simply 4 runs in the one sport he performed this season.

Jason Roy, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine occupy abroad slots so Charles is more likely to compete with Gurbaz for the opener spot. He might not get sufficient video games to make an influence as Gurbaz smashed 81 off 39 in opposition to Gujarat Titans in KKR’s final sport and can hold Charles on the bench for the following few video games. KKR subsequent face Sunrisers Hyderabad away on Might 4.

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