IPL 2022: I’m a player’s captain, says KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer
IPL 2022: Indian batter Shreyas Iyer who will captain Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in 2022, considers himself to be a player’s captain.
With a Man of the Series effort at Dharamshala on Sunday, the energetic young Indian batter led Team India to a record 3-0 T20I series win over Sri Lanka. There’s a lot of talk surrounding Shreyas, which is understandable. Not only has he been a standout performer for the national team. But he was also just acquired by KKR in the IPL Auction 2022 and chosen captain of the squad.
“I would be coming in with a much different mindset now. I’m now more mature and experienced in terms of my decision-making and captaincy skills. Really waiting eagerly to work with every individual in the team. And build that synergy which could really help the team perform at a different level. Therefore, I’m just going to love the responsibility, and I thrive under pressure,” Iyer told KKR’s official website.
“You know, for me to be part of the KKR family is an enormous feeling. I want to really appreciate the work which has been done by all the great players in the past. However, I would like to follow in the same footsteps, that they have created for KKR. Personally, I feel that I’m a player’s captain. Also I want to create an atmosphere where all of us are thinking towards one goal, which is winning,” he added.
KKR had bought Shreyas Iyer for Rs 12.25 crore in the mega auction. Previously, the right-handed batsman was the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL.
Iyer also recounted his conversation with former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum:
“Brendon McCullum as a coach I feel is very aggressive. Even when you saw him playing for his country (New Zealand), he was someone who was very aggressive and he is kind of a risk-taker.”
“And I absolutely love that. Obviously, I’ve had few interactions with him after the auction. He’s got that calm demeanor and I’m really looking forward to working with him. And to have some very successful seasons for KKR over the years,” he pointed.
KKR squad for IPL 2022:
Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.