India wicketkeeper and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik confessed he wants the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to happen because he wants to work with coach Brendon McCullum and English skipper Eoin Morgan and learn from them. Also Read - Kuldeep Yadav Reveals Virat Kohli’s 'Best Quality', Says Learnt How to Manage Difficult Situations From Indian Skipper

He said this during the latest episode of ESPNcricinfo One on One #Workfromhome, he said, “In every generation, there is a cricketer who changes the face of cricket. I think Brendon McCullum did that in the last WC. He showed the world how to play the game really fair, really hard in a watchable and enjoyable manner. He is extremely inspiring. One of the reasons why I want this IPL to happen is to be able to work with Brendon and Eoin Morgan. These are the two people I genuinely want to rub shoulders with. I can learn so much from these two people.” Also Read - Happy Birthday Dinesh Karthik: Wishes Pour in as KKR Skipper Turns 35



Karthik, who has played for various IPL franchises – like Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past – admitted KKR is the best franchise. Also Read - Has Former India Captain MS Dhoni Retired? Wife Sakshi Quashes Rumours

“KKR is, without doubt, the best franchise I have played for and I feel honoured to lead this team. In my first year at KKR, we did very well, we almost made it to the final but lost in semis. It was a great season, we had a lot of young guys and we did our best to push forward the result. I need to do something special and help them cross the line,” he said.



During the session, he also hailed young Shubman Gill as a ‘special talent’ for showing good form in the limited opportunities he got.

“He is a special talent. He managed to showcase his skills in the limited opportunity that he got opening the batting.”

On how he thinks he can support such talent, the captain said: “As a franchise we should give him complete freedom and let him express himself on field and let him enjoy his time there. It”s a beautiful journey. He has the potential for being with us for many years.”