Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday named West Indies aggressive batter Johnson Charles as a replacement for Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das for the remaining season of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

Litton had to return to his country last week due to a family emergency.

“Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday named Johnson Charles as a replacement for Litton Das for the remainder of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023,” read an IPL statement.

“Johnson Charles joins KKR for Rs 50 Lakh,” the statement added.

Charles has represented West Indies in 41 T20Is, scoring 971 runs. He was a part of West Indies squad in 2012 and 2016 ICC World T20. Moreover, he has played a total of 224 T20s and has scored over 5600 runs.

Charles hit the fastest T20I century by a West Indies batter earlier this year against South Africa in Centurion. He faced only 39 balls to score the century.

KKR will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their next match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. KKR is now languishing at the eighth spot in the points table with six points in their kitty. They have played nine matches so far winning three and losing six of those games.