Kolkata Night Riders (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer said he is ready to bat in any position in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. In the mega sale, KKR had bought Shreyas Iyer for Rs 12.25 crore. Previously, the righthanded batter had led Delhi Capitals in the IPL. “You can’t basically portray yourself as an anchor. It can also be different. On any given day, I can be a powerhitter and there can be another player who can play an anchor role. The situations and roles can change based on circumstances, and you basically can’t rely on any one player to anchor the innings. When it’s your day, you have to do everything you can to make sure you win the game for the team,” Shreyas Iyer said in a video posted on KKR’s YouTube channel.
“Basically, the responsibility has to be taken by all players in the team – to go out and win the match and not rely on other players. For me personally I feel that number 3 is my position, because I like to bat there and I’ve been playing in that position for a long time. I’ve been very flexible; wherever the team wants me to play, there I feel very comfortable and I’m ready to explore,” he added.
Shreyas Iyer is also pleased with KKR’s aggressive and fearless mentality and said he wants his players to continue this intensity.
“She [KKR] have always been aggressive and fearless as a team. From the first ball they like to throw the fist and put you on the back foot. And of course you have to have such a mentality. I continue with the same mentality when I go to bat, and if I want to lead as captain, I want that kind of intensity from my players too. If it comes from the coach, it’s bigger because the energy is basically provided by the coach and captain,” said the skipper.
“I’m really happy with the mindset and planning that has nurtured KKR over the years. Basically I have a similar mindset too – go out and let us express as much as possible and have no regrets when we get off the field. you do it, you do it for the team and you put yourself second – I think that’s the mentality I like to focus on as captain,” he added.
IPL 2022 starts from March 26, with KKR taking on defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first game of the season.
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