Captaincy changed hands for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but the results turned out to be worse than before.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians maintained their dominance over familiar foes KKR as they clinched a resounding eight-wicket victory to climb atop.
KKR were well and truly beaten - in batting, bowling and in their minds. The franchise lacks inspiration and intent and KKR look like the most vulnerable side in the top four with their position set to be challenged by the teams in the bottom half of the table. But before solving their issues on the field the team needs to resolve some internal problems.
Decoding Dinesh Karthik
Karthik stepping down from his captaincy role was almost certain. There was a certain pressure on him even before the IPL 2020 got underway; he was still hurting from the semi-final loss in the 2019 World Cup where he couldn't produce the desired results for Team India.
Karthik, as a captain, was seen motivating Andre Russell in the dug out with his loud chat which was not audible to the ones watching on their television sets but his body language told the story.
Karthik, as a non-captain, stood aside from all the players as they took the field before Mumbai Indians' chase and the new skipper Eoin Morgan gave a pep talk to spinner Chris Green. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman looked lost.
In the middle overs, Karthik had his hands behind, and diligently spoke to Morgan as the Irishman came to him for advice. The former KKR captain not only looks like he has stepped down from the lead role but also stepped aside from the management as an integral member.
Karthik, 35, however should be credited for his time as a captain of KKR and his selfless decision to step down which 'took a lot of courage' as Morgan pointed out.
He had to make do with the KKR squad in 2018 without having any role in selection matters. But he guided the side into the playoffs in his first season as captain while missed out in the second.
To build a legacy, it takes years of patience, hard work and perseverance but one bad season has left DK high and dry.