Shreyas Iyer was named Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain on Wednesday ahead of the IPL 2022 season. KKR bought Shreyas for Rs 12.25 crore in the recently held IPL mega auction in Bengaluru. Shreyas has captained the Delhi Capitals (DC) franchise in the past, leading the team to the first IPL final of the 2020 season. An injury forced him out of the early stages of the 2021 season, which saw Rishabh Pant as captain. from DC came in. Shreyas returned for the UAE stage of the season, but DC decided to keep Pant as captain. Shreyas was subsequently not retained by the franchise, leading to his being singled out in the auction by KKR. Shreyas takes over from Eoin Morgan, under whose captaincy KKR had reached the 2021 IPL final.
Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of KKR, said: “First of all, we are delighted to have successfully bid for Shreyas in the IPL auction and given him the opportunity to lead #TeamKKR. He has on everyone impressed as a quality batsman at the highest level and we are confident he will excel as #TeamKKR leader.”
This will be a fresh start for the two-time IPL champion and head coach Brendon McCullum said he looks forward to working closely with Shreyas.
“I am very pleased that one of India’s top future leaders in Shreyas Iyer is in charge of KKR. I have enjoyed Shreyas’ play and his captaincy from afar and I now look forward to working closely with him to drive the success and style of play we want at KKR,” said McCullum.
Accepting the KKR captaincy, Shreyas Iyer said: “I am extremely honored to have had the opportunity to lead a prestigious team like KKR. The IPL as a tournament brings together the best players from different countries and cultures and I look forward to it I want to thank the owners, management and support staff of KKR for giving me the opportunity to lead this team and I believe we have the right synergies will find to achieve the goals of the team Kolkata and The Eden Gardens have a very rich history when it comes to Indian cricket and I look forward to contributing to this rich history and making our fans proud of us as a team make! Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo!”
KKR won the IPL twice, in 2012 and 2014, captained by former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir.
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