Prior to the new season of the Indian Premier League, Shreyas Iyer has been named the new captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. The franchise has announced that before the 15th edition of the cash-rich league. However, KKR bought Iyer at the 2022 mega auction for a whopping INR 12.25 Crores after an intense bidding war.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals has released him ahead of the 2022 edition by the franchise as well. Although Gujarat Titans came in late, KKR managed to beat them and secure Iyer’s services as well. Notably, Shreyas Iyer led Delhi to their maiden IPL final in 2020. In 87 IPL matches since his debut in 2015, he has scored 2375 runs at a strike rate of 123.95 as well.
“We are delighted firstly to have been able to successfully bid for Shreyas in the IPL auction & to have the opportunity for him to lead KKR,” Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of KKR said. “He has impressed one & all as a quality batsman at the highest level & we are confident that he will excel as a leader of KKR.”
“I am extremely honoured to have gotten the opportunity to lead a prestigious team like KKR,” Shreyas Iyer said. “The IPL as a tournament brings the best players from different countries and cultures together and I look forward to leading this great group of very talented individuals.”
“I would like to thank the owners, management and support staff of KKR for giving me the opportunity to lead this team and I am confident that we will find the right synergies to achieve the team’s goals. 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,” Shreyas Iyer further added.
“I am very excited to have one of India’s brightest future leaders in Shreyas Iyer, take the reins at KKR. I’ve enjoyed Shreyas’ game and his captaincy skills from afar and now will look forward to working closely with him to drive forward the success and style of play we want at KKR,” KKR head coach Brendon McCullum said.